Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                     May 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
Telemedicine Fund Raiser
Small Town Main Street Updates
Saluda Tailgate Market
Top of the Grade Concerts
Memorial Day Celebratiion
Low Country Boil
City Notes
"Hats Off for Hospice"
Saluda Center News
Robinson Community Garden
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Dog Park
Saluda Garden Club
Tree City USA Arbor Day
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Young at St. Lukes
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
Music Headlining SAF
Green Bash at GRA
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Faces
Art Show at ICC
Tryon Arts
Tryon Garden Club Classes
Tour de Falls
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!

Peace and quiet on 12+ acres. Designed for passive solar with windows facing south. Large windows overlooking mountain tops and grazing pastures. Artist studio or converted guesthouse, 3BR, 2BA, 1466 SF, Studio/Guesthouse, Carport, Basement  MLS#560707 $395,000 

It's all about the river! Maintenance free home perched atop a hill overlooking the rushing river.Includes .88 ac on river frontage.Relax and listen to rushing water on large covered porch, 2.82 ac, MLS#560839 $360,000 
Established neighborhood with large wooded lots surrounded by NC Wildlife Gamelands.Builder's custom built home with many extra and energy efficient features.Common area with pond and playground.Long range vistas from every front window protected by View easement. 3BR, 3BA, 3,000SF, 2-car garage, 2.01 ac.
MLS#560432  $495,000

Meticulously, preserved home in historic district features high bead board ceilings, yellow pine floors, multiple fireplaces, wrap around porch, formal dining room, 2 master bedrooms on main floor, sunroom, skylights, zoned heating/air,heated studio/guesthouse, 4 ac of beautiful native gardens, well water for gardens. Great for permanent home or bed and breakfast. Easy walk to historic downtown Saluda.288SF htd in guesthouse/studio.
4BR, 3.5 BA, 4.11 ac. 3409 SF MLS#560069  $595.000

Hard to find, affordable Saluda Mountain get-a-way. Enjoy the private natural setting, and wood stove for those cooler evening. Gaze at mountain views of the preserved Green River Game lands from your decks and large windows in the home. Hear the rushing creek lull you to sleep. Minutes from downtown Saluda, hiking trails, & the river. Come enjoy! 2BR, 2BA, 1.93 ac
MLS#560254  $114,000


Nestled at the foot of a 100 acre forest that is preserved land at the end of a street in the historic district of Saluda, sits this original bungalow originally built as the manse for one of Saluda's historical churches. Lovingly restored to its original beauty and bungalow architecture,this historic home includes many features. 3BR, 3.5 BA, 2565 SF.MLS#559400 $395,000


Enter the private driveway into a forest of stately trees. Large windows bring in the light and views of the forest. A massive stone fireplace is at one end of spacious living room open to kitchen and dining. Enjoy the outdoors on rambling deck overlooking woods.Unfinished basement could be finished to add more living space.Double garage and small barn. Lots of woods for trails and hikes. Nice flowing creek. 2BR, 2BA, 1510 SF, 25 acres.  MLS58784  $336,000  



Overlooking Lake Hosea, this house has steps going straight down to the lake for swimming, fishing or kayaking. Or take a leisurely stroll around the lake stopping at one of the many docks to sit and watch the ducks. Extra large screened porch that looks out over the lake is a great place to dine or take a nap.2BR, 3BA, 1747 SF, MLS#558626  $199,900   


Want privacy and beautiful mountain view then this is the home for you. Open floor plan, fireplace, vaulted ceiling, stainless steel appliances, 3.85 acres, 3BR, 2BA, end of cul de sac. MLS#560674 $209,000
Looking for lake lake sheilaproperty in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda. 


Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land

Mountain Vista

Lot 6, 2.11 ac $55,000, MLS# 463961Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $125,000, MLS#521147
 Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499


View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441

 Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $73,000 MLS#533763
Lot #30, 1.71 ac, $75,000, MLS#507618

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


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, Full view of lake, $125,000, MLS#534615 

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $135,000, MLS#510462

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed

$80,000, MLS#484526

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

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 April 30, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     10          0             

Homes 2013     6            0      


Land 2014        0            0               

Land 2013        7            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 3 properties  

Polk County - 7 properties  

Henderson County - 48  


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, May 6 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.


Saluda Community Land Trust

Monthly meeting 3pm, May 7 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. 

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, May 9 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


Contra Dancing, Saturday, May 10 at 7pm, Party Place & Event Center. 


Women's Club meets on Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00 am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., May 15 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.

Saluda Arts Festival, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10am to 4pm downtown Saluda. 

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, May 26 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 May 20. Meet & Greet with update and Future of McCreery Park, May 22, 6pm, Saluda Fire Department. 
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.
Telemedicine Fund Raiser


WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd

TIME: 6:00pm-8:30pm

WHERE: The Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda NC 28773

COST: $10/plate (hotdog, beans, slaw, chips & drink).

** Come check out the Telemedicine Equipment that we have at the Saluda Medical Center.  We will be doing demonstrations.  Come take a peek at what we have been working on!


For any questions, please call Shena Mintz (828-674-9788).

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

Debbie Hahn


Community Meeting Review of Small Town Main Street and Future of McCreery Park 

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 Saluda Tailgate Market

Fridays 4:30-6:30

May 2-October 31, 2014

Was the winter long enough for you? Are you ready to embrace your favorite farmers, share tales of winter woe, and show off those pale legs? Grab your basket, get your hat and join us on Friday, May 2, at 4:30 as we open our 5th market season. Your Polk and Henderson county growers have planned and planted with you in mind. We know you are hungry for that early produce, those beautiful spring greens, farm fresh eggs, goat cheese, Deepwoods' mushrooms, and Wildflour's special treats. Come get some starter plants to perk up your own garden.


The Saluda Tailgate Market has become a spring to fall tradition. From its small beginnings in 2010, our community has enthusiastically embraced reclaiming our food. We not only support our neighbors who grow produce and provide locally sourced value added goods, but we also love to talk to them about how they do it. And we love to talk to each other, share good food, recipes, and celebrate the land that surrounds us. Come be a part of that rich tradition of community. Our vendors regard us as one of the best community supported markets around and they look forward to your presence.


The local food movement continues to spread and more growers find the markets to be integral parts of their farm plans. We can plan our menus according to what is in season, help preserve our beautiful farmland, support small family farms and sustainable agricultural practices, be healthier, create resilient communities, and have a great time doing it.


We have missed you! Don't miss opening day! Bring your smiling faces and good neighborly cheer to the west Main parking lot at 4:30 for the next 6 months of Fridays. If you choose to park on the road instead of in the library or church lots, remember to enter from the top and exit at the bottom, making that one way during market hours. It helps us if you leave your dogs at home, but do bring the kids.


If you would like to be a vendor at the market, you may email application to or return by mail to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773. Click the links below to download:   

Saluda Tailgate market Application 2014 

Saluda Tailgate Market Rules 2014 

or go to to download.  


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

By Shelley DeKay 

Sponsored by the
Top of the Grade Concerts
2014 Summer Schedule


 "Top of the Grade Concerts" at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda begins on Friday, May 9 from 7pm to 9pm.  


Starting the summer long concert series will be a local favorite, Sound Investment, performing oldies and beach music great for dancing or just singing along with the music.


Concerts are scheduled for second and fourth Friday from May through September. All performances will be held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park in the area that was previously the skateboard park.


Top of the Grade concerts are coordinated by the City of Saluda's Small Town Main Street program and funding for the Friday night concerts is through a community grant from Polk County Community Foundation.  All concerts are free to the public thanks to a Free Community Events grant.


The new Ella Grace Mintz Stage was graciously funded and built by the Don Mintz family in memory of Ella Grace Mintz, infant daughter of Sean and Shena Mintz, who died from a rare kidney disease, polycystic kidney disease (PKD).


Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets.  Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed.  No food will be available at the park, but all of Saluda's delicious restaurants will be open, serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals.

Events are rain or shine, so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.  In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion. Smoke free event.

2014 Top of the Grade Concert Schedule

May 9 - Sound Investment

May 23 - Phil & Gaye Johnson

June 13 - Sound Investment        

June 27 - One Leg Up

July 11 - Sound Investment                    

July 25 - Aaron Burdett

August 8 - Sound Investment

August 22 - Bayou Diesel

September 12 - Sound Investment

September 26 - Scoot Pitman


For more information about the concerts, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or
Memorial Day Celebration


Dr. Jerry Russell will host the Memorial Day Service on May 27, 2pm at Veterans Park, located on Greenville Street by the railroad tracks.The Honor Guard from Polk County will perform on Memorial Day.

Low Country Boil at Green River Brew Depot to Benefit Wounded Warriors

Low Country Boil  is 2-9pm on May 24. Includes a food plate and one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage for $15. Live music by Handlebar Jam Band. Huge amount of items donated for raffle and silent auction includes:

  • Paintings by Jim Carson, Dorrie McKinley, Richard Baker, Ray Pague
  • Zipline tours and rafting guides by Green River Adventures
  • 1lb of Vans Chocolate from Honking Tonkers Gallery
  • Hoola Hoops by Amber Grant
  • Gift Certificates from: The Purple Onion, Saluda Grade Café, Gentle Hands Grooming, Mineral Spirits
  • Judds Peak Wine from Thompson's Store
  • Pottery from Heartwood
  • Wolf Run Art Gallery
  • Potted Chair from the Gardener's Cottage
  • Oil change by Last Chance Garage
  • Bread donated by Wildflour Bakery
  • Introduction to Sailing Classes donated by Ocean Sailing Academy in Charleston, SC
  • And more from: Waffle House, Next Generation Distributors, Skyland Distributors, Budweiser of Asheville

Hosted by the Green River Depot and Saluda By the Sea.  Tickets on sale: Green River Brew, Macon Bank, and Wildflour Bakery.  For more information, call Cindy at 828-699-6679 or Mike at 828-606-6460.

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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"Hats Off for Hospice"

The planning continues for the 2014 annual luncheon and fundraiser for Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills to be held at the Piedmont Club, Spartanburg, SC. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  This is the fifth year of providing patient care at the  Hospice House in Landrum, just down the street from the Hospice Thrift Barn. 

Sissy Boutique and Gifts of Landrum will present fun spring fashions and accessories which promise to be crowd pleasers! Contemporary fashions for the modern woman will feature jackets by Luii, unstructured, upscale casual wear by Comfy USA and handbags and small leather goods by Spartina 449.  There is sure to be something for everyone! Modeling the new spring fashions will be Becky Barnes, Cindy Boyle, Shirley Littlefield, Jo Ann McMillan, Kim Nelson, Susan Speight, Paula Stathakis, Carole Stuenkel and Chris Tower.  

Grab a girlfriend and join us for a fun afternoon. Patrons are invited to "Wear a Hat" and "Bring a Hat" for resale at the Thrift Barn! Sponsors include Millard & Company of Tryon N.C., J. M. Smith Corporation of Spartanburg, S.C. and Profinish Home Improvements, Campobello, S.C.! 

Tickets, a portion of which is tax deductible, are always priced to reflect the unreimbursed portion of one day's care at Hospice House in Landrum. Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, serving patients at home, in nursing facilities and the Hospice House, has locations in Columbus, N.C. and Landrum, S.C. It is a non-profit hospice provider which has been serving this community for 33 years.

Call Diane Nelson at 828-894-7000 to request an invitation! 

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

Better Bellies time and day change:
Wednesdays, 2:00 Saluda Center Yoga studio downstairs.


Book club meeting on Thurs., May 1 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues. May 13 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., May 15 at 6:00 pm.

Saluda craft club will not meet in May, but will meet again in June. Feel free to come by the Center and   work on your personal projects on Thurs., May 22 at 12:30 pm.

Community potluck and bingo on Mon., May 26 at 6:00 pm. Bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends or make new ones. All are welcome to attend.

De-stressing Facial - Come get your personalized de-stressing facial at the Saluda Center on Tuesday, May 27! Whether it's a spot treatment for a REALLY stubborn line, or retinol for overall clarifying and elasticity, or a heated deep cleansing masque - you pick! Appointments last about 20-30 minutes. PLUS when YOU or someone you refer books an open time, YOU receive a free gift with purchase. Open times left are 12, 12:40, 1:20, 2, 2:40 and 3:20 p.m. To schedule, contact Nedra at 828-384-8421 or


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.


There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

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.


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

We still have one plot left in the community gardens. The cost is $30 for the season which ends November 30. We also have 20 foot rows available if you wish to grow a small amount. The cost is $5 per row. Gardening advice at no charge will also be available from Walter Hoover, a garden member, who is a master gardener.   To sign up, contact Dave or Marilyn Prudhomme 828-749-9172 or email

Saluda Community Land Trust

SCLT's annual meescltting was a huge success! A special thank you to all the hard working volunteers who worked together to provide food, set up, clean up and program. We would also like to thank the Saluda Center for providing such a wonderful environment to hold our meeting.


Thank you Polk County Community Foundation which has provided valuable financial support for our efforts. One of the many ways they have helped us is their assistance with our operating expenses and our annual meetings. Their support has allowed us to focus our energies on community projects.


Scheduled hikes for May:


May 4-Moonshine Creek to Pacolet River

This hike will be two miles out and back. A moderate to strenuous walk so make sure to bring hiking poles.


May 18-Saluda Nature Park

Come walk some of our newest trails which lead to a spectacular view. This is a moderate to strenuous walk with an uphill climb.


We will meet in the parking lot at the Saluda Library at 2pm and carpool. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for water crossing. If you have any special medical concerns, please let your trail leader know. This is always a wonderful time to get with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors here in our own community.


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


Kudzu work is still on hold. It's great the weather has held off that pesky weed, but we know it's on its way and we will be ready to attack. The Saluda Kudzu Swat Team will keep an eye out for the vine awakening and make plans for Kudzu Thursdays.


Our next board meeting will be May 7 at 3 pm. For the next several months, we will be meeting at the Pavilion in McCreery Park.  


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

Saluda Dog Park

The winner of the Jade Plant was Don Clapp and the proceeds received will be used to help complete the new Agility Course in the park. Thank you so much to each and every one who participated. Now that the weather has improved, work will begin soon on making and installing the pieces.  Last week we planted green Hostas in the park, which had been donated by Kay McCord.  Please remember when you and your dog leave the park to close all gates which have been left opened.

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

On May 19, the Saluda Garden Club will travel to Spartanburg, SC for a private tour of Linda Cobb's fabulous garden.  Linda is a certified Master Gardener, writer and lecturer whose goal is to teach about the joys of gardening and to inspire the average gardener on to success.  We will walk thru her English Cottage Garden that features 350 David Austin English Roses, as well as many perennials and shrubs.  In addition, she has a white garden, conifer garden, shade garden and a kitchen garden.  Each garden is filled with color and unique garden art.  It is worth the trip just to see her collection of birdhouses!  Linda's home and garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Carolina Gardener, National Rose Magazine and Country Living.   This has always been one of the most popular Saluda Garden Club tours.


Join us on May 19.  We will meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 10:00 a.m. to carpool to Spartanburg. 


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 USA Arbor Day Planting

From Saluda Tree City USA Arbor Day planting at the Little Park at Saluda Elementary School. From left, Ellen Rogers, Thomas Varnadore, Nancy Barnett, Abigale Garland, Madelyn Varnadore, Shane Varnadore. These folks, as well as others, planted red bud seedlings at the park. 

Photo by Mark Schmerling



Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Saluda's PaulowniaTree


The season is here for the impressive Paulownia tree, with its purple trumpet­ shaped flower clusters, to bloom again in Saluda. And, did you know that the first tree which "escaped from cultivation" was discovered in the 1870's growing wild on the bank of the Pacolet River near Melrose - a community located between Saluda and Tryon?


The tree was found by Giles Pearson, a young boy about 10 or 12 years old, who lived near-by and who spied the purple flowers blowing on a branch of the tree. The Pearson's knew the woods and the wild plants of the area, but this was one Giles had never seen before. He carried a branch of the blooms home to ask his parents to identify the tree, but they, too, found it to be an unknown species. Because of the brown pods which clung to the branch among the blossoms, Giles' mother called it the "coffee tree."


Later, the tree was identified as the Paulownia or Empress tree by a botanist from Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island, who was in the area studying the local wild plants. It has also been called the Princess tree named for Anna Paulovana, daughter of Czar Paul of Russia and granddaughter of Catherine the Great.


The Paulownia tree, the botanist explained, was used exclusively by the Japanese Imperial family. The family considered it to be a plant which signified felicity. The bloom was used as a motif in fabric woven for use in the Imperial Palace. At one period in history, the crest of the Empress of Japan was a design using three leaves and three blossoms of the Paulownia Imperialis. The Paulownia was considered the sole property of the royal family. If plants were found outside the Imperial forest, the trees were uprooted and the landowner was beheaded. In the Orient, it was called the Imperial tree of Japan.


Legends grew out of how and why the tree happened to be found along the Pacolet River, but no one really knows the explanation.


Children and grandchildren of Giles Pearson continue to live in the Saluda and Melrose area. Giles Pearson's daughter, Miss Aletha Pearson of Saluda,contributed information for this article as well as the Saluda Signal and other published material.


Paulownia trees are now found just about everywhere around the Saluda area and throughout the region. Look for those on the grounds of Saluda's Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, behind the former WhistleStop on Main, and along Irwin Street.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Women's Club Meeting
The May meeting of the Saluda Women's Club will be on Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  Saluda author, Cappy Rearick, will be speaking about how "Everyone has a story to tell." Hope to see you all there. 


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.
Historic Saluda


Would You Like To Serve?

The City of Saluda is now accepting applications for vacant positions on the Historic Saluda Committee. It is the responsibility of the Saluda Board of Commissioners to make appointments to this committee. Applications are required and may be obtained at City Hall. Call 828-749-2581 for more information. Appointments will be made at the June 2014 Saluda Board of Commissioners meeting. New terms will begin July 1, 2014.


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, May 9, 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

Saluda Resident, Karol Young Takes New Position at St. Lukes 

St. Luke's Hospital is pleased to announce Karol Young MS, OTR/L, CHT, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, has joined the professional staff at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center. Karol brings more than 24 years of knowledge and experience to the St. Luke's rehabilitation program. Having received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Rush University College of Health Sciences in Chicago, she was quickly drawn to the art and science that comprises the specialty of hand therapy.


Karol became a certified hand therapist (CHT) in 1997 and continues to pursue her passion for lifelong learning through enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She possesses advanced occupational therapy skills and has been practicing the specialty of hand therapy in the upstate of South Carolina for more than 15 years.


Karol is an active member in the American Society of Hand Therapists, currently holding the position as chairman of the Practice Standards Committee. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association, and an Affiliate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.


An outdoor enthusiast, Karol lives in Saluda with her husband and daughter.   

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 School is 1 of 5 NC A+ Schools featured in this video, which describes the A+ Schools Program and its impact on students and schools!  

View our videos on YouTube

Upcoming Events in May

May 1    Thursday Trek:  Meet at Saluda Community Library @ 7:35am to walk to school

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

May 2    Faculty/Staff Dress Down for Charity

May 2    Polk County Relay for Life Event at Polk County Middle School  6:00pm

May 2    End of the 5th Six Weeks of School

May 5    Report Cards

May 9    5th Grade to tour Polk County Middle School &  visit Polk County High School  farm

May 13  Dancer's Extension performance for After School Academy @ 4:30pm

May 16  Interim Reports

May 26  Snow Make-up Day

May 27  EOG Testing

May 28  EOG Testing

May 29  EOG Testing

May 30  EOG Testing

May 30  Campfire Friday!  Wear camp t-shirts and jeans.

May 30  Assembly:  Skateboard Science  2:00pm


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 at Saluda Community Library. This 30 minute program featuring books and stories followed by a craft, snack, or activity is recommended for children ages 3-5.

May 1: Flowers
Craft: Cupcake Liner Flowers
May 8:
Craft: Clothespin & Coffee Filter Butterflies
May 15:
Eric Carle
Craft: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklaces
May 22:
Activity: Teddy Bear Picnic... Bring your stuffed animal and a blanket to the library for a picnic! Snacks will be provided.

May 22 will be our last Pre-School Storytime program for the spring! Stay tuned for a list of our Summer Reading Program events. Pre-School Storytime will resume in September. 


Afternoon Adventures is designed for children in grades K-5. This program is held two Tuesdays a month at 4pm at Saluda Community Library. Afternoon Adventures is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

May 6: Therapy Dog Reading Session
Therapy dog Sam and his handler Nancy will come visit us at the library. Children can practice their reading skills. Sam is a great listener! Snacks will be served.
May 20: Board Games
Come play your favorite games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Uno. Snacks will be provided.

May 20 will be our last Afternoon Adventures program for the spring! Stay tuned for a list of our Summer Reading Program events. Afternoon Adventures will resume in September.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

FREE BOOKS! All children who live in Polk County can receive one free book per month from the time they are born until they turn 5 years old! Come to the library and fill out a survey and registration form and return them both to Jen, our Youth Services Coordinator. Your child will start receiving free books in 8-10 weeks! This program is coordinated by Partership for children of the Foothills.   


Reading with Ringling Brothers 

The circus is coming to Asheville May 8-11! Kids, would you like a FREE circus ticket? Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Polk County Public Library are hosting some serious fun with Reading with Ringling Bros.! The reading program is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply reading! Children from ages two to 12 need to enroll with Jen, our Youth Services Coordinator, who will give kids everything to start their library reading. This unique library reading program will encourage children not only to read, but also to discover, dream, and learn!



  Polk County Library in Columbus 

Teen Book Club & Craft Night
The Teen Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4pm. For our May book, we're reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Come to the meeting on May 15 to discuss and you'll also get a free copy of June's book (The Selection by Kiera Cass). We always have snacks and prizes. Stick around after book club (or come even if you aren't in the book club) for crafts at 5pm!


Drum Circle

This family-friendly event is on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome!



HeartSongs is a music series sponsored by the Friends of the Polk County Public Library that features local musicians on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm. Light refreshments are served. For our May HeartSongs program, we're having a musicians' circle jam.


Book Sale

The Friends of the Polk County Public Library are having a book sale! There will be a "Friends only" sale on May 15 from 4-6pm. Join the Friends of the Library for access to this sale! The public is invited to the sale on May 16 from 9am-6pm and May 17 from 9am-4pm. Books will be $0.50-$1.00.





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 

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

Annual Events Calendar


Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

Spring Green Bash - Hosted at Green River Adventures.

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

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


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


Green River Games - Extreme multisport event.

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ


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

Turkey Dinner by Saluda Methodist Church 


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

Retail/Office Space Available

600 SF plus utilities, shared bathroom, new carpet, new roof, $300/month. Across from Green River BBQ. Call 828-606-0187 


House Sitting & Animal Care

Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.


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.

Richard Hunt Wyckoff, 81, of Saluda, N.C. died peacefully at home, April 8, 2014.

Marion Clyde Fairey, 75,  of Saluda, N.C. died on Saturday,  April 12, 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. 


Marvelous May

There is an awakening in Saluda in May.  Blooming out all over with beautiful pastel colors of spring and lush verdant mountainsides, contrasting with the rich boldness of spectacular sunrises and sunsets, the senses are awakened.  Everything is new again and love abounds in nature as the breeding season begins.  Birdfeeders are crowded and quick to empty and hummingbirds are back.  The warmth of the sun is savored as the growing season begins with local produce.


Fun, festivals, flowers, and farmer markets will fill your calendar in May.  Better get that calendar out and save these dates because you don't want to miss any of it! 

What's Happening in Music and Art

purpleonion What's Happening At The Onion in May


Beginning May 1, The Purple Onion will be open seven days a week through Labor Day.  Monday through Saturday lunch will be served from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Sunday hours are 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM with a special brunch menu.  



SUNDAY, MAY 4 @ 7 pm

       Montana Skies

Sunday, May 4 at 7 PM...

Montana Skies returns to the Purple Onion as part of the Sunday evening music series. 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 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.   


Live Music in May

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


May 1 -  Jon Shain

A veteran singer-songwriter who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style - combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime.


May 3 - Charlyhorse  

Americana to the core with a voice like smooth Tennessee whiskey.


May 4 - Montana Skies (Sunday Concert)

See details above.


May 8 - Louise Mosrie

Soulful Southern Folk"...basically, she's William Faulkner with a guitar." - Rich Warren, WFMT-FM Chicago.


May 10 -Alan Barrington Trio

Bluesy/finger-style arrangements of covers, and your originals.


May 15 - Mark Stuart

Guitar wizard,  singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.


May 17 - Shane Pruitt Band

Lead man Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end.


May 22 -Carolina Ceili

A 4-piece celtic band based out of Asheville, NC, featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, and 4 part vocal harmonies.


May 24 - Shana Blake Band

An evening with Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Funky fresh air.


May 29 -Red Hot Sugar Babies

Vocal and instrumental jazz of the roaring 20's-30's including Vintage Jazz, Blues, Swing, Ragtime, Dixieland, New Orleans.


May 31 - Citizen Mojo

Seasoned musical veterans combine to make soulfully compelling interpretations of classic and not-so-classic blues, funk, soul, and rock 'n' roll. Original material fills out the always engaging...and danceable repertoire.


Music scheduled by Robert Seiler. 


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


May Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


Saturday Night Schedule

May 3 - 8:00pm Crimson Rose Band

May 10 - 7:00pm Contra Dance

May 17 - 8:00pm Tuxedo Junction

May 24 - 7:00pm Shag Clubs Party & Dance

May 25 - 1:00pm Lake Summit Home Owners


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! 

Cinco de Mayo - Monday, May 5

Frida Kahlo Movie Night


Open Music Jam Session - bring your instruments and join Steve and friends in our usual musical fun!


As the weather warms, we are looking forward to relaxing with our friends on the back terrace, sampling new beers, listening to our wonderful local musical  talent as we continue to have open jam sessions. Please come join the fun! Dance, drum, sing and help create our Brew Depot sound. Look no farther than your own back yard to find the inspiring community we are building together.  


What about birthday celebrations? Who's birthday is coming up in May?


See you all soon on May 5!


Your suggestions for themes and event ideas are always welcome, so call or email Rima.


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


Meanwhile Back in Wine May 30, Friday: Music Jam Night and Wine Tasting 

Our traditional music night happens from 6:30 - 9:30, beginning with a Wine Tasting from 5 - 7 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 or pull up a chair and sing along. Music outside when the weather is nice. Non-alcoholic drinks available and wine or beer by the glass to enjoy with the food and music.   


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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Dancer's Extension dancersextension

Join us for our fourth annual Spring Concert to be held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 17.  The concert will begin at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium.  Admission is FREE!  Come support our students as we celebrate a year of learning and creating through the art of dance!   

(Parking for the Dancer's Extension Spring Concert is behind the school on Seminary Street. Parking in front of the school on Main Street or along the road sides on Main Street will be prohibited and cars may be towed from that area.)


Congratulations to Willow Arkell and Georgia McCullough who will be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts immediately following our Spring Concert.  They join Zoe Parsons and Sophie Young as members of this program of the National Dance Education Organization.  We are very proud!


As one academic year finishes, we look forward to the beginning of another year!  Registration for summer camps and classes for the 2014-2015 year is underway.  Contact the studio to reserve your spot as space is limited.  In addition, adult classes continue on a regular schedule throughout the month of May, with the exception of Memorial Day.  The Dancer's Extension will be closed on Monday, May 26.  Thank you for your continued support of The Dancer's Extension.


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    

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. This allows the students to relax and keep their concentration on painting.


In the event of rain, there is ample room in Jim's studio located above the Saluda Grade Café.


Jim recently had one of his paintings accepted to the Oil Painters of America 2014 National Juried Exhibition in Bennington, Vermont, on June 4-July 27.


For more information, email, call 828-749-3702, or visit website.Like us on Facebook



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Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast,"  May 5 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  

(Click here to read about Ruth Anderson in Saluda Faces.)     

Doug Honeycutt's paintings cover the walls in the Big Room.  Many are new and have never before
 been exhibited.  His sculptures, some sculpted from serpentine, others soap stone, stand among his paintings with names like Jetson's Watchdog, Uncle George and On My Shoulder-the replica of a human hand.


Several artists and crafters have recently joined the Chicken House family are in their own studios.  Donna Devenport is a wood worker who creates both decorative and functional items - candle holders, including an exquisitely carved base mounted on a cypress board; oars, designed to hang on the wall or door, have pegs to hold jackets or sweaters.  Donna comes to Saluda from Lafayette, Louisiana.


Susan Cannon is a creator of glass items, also both decorative and functional They are striking in brilliant colors, but some are even in dainty pastels.  Her bowls, vases and dining table pieces make great gifts.  All are one of a kind.


Don't let your front door go bare.  Ruthie's Wreaths occupy the center space and daughter Chris' water-colored sketches of Saluda's Main Street, as well as significant buildings in Saluda, are always available.


The Hen's Nest, with treasures inherited or discovered, shares the center space, Items are priced from one dollar, and others of greater value include a few antiques.


Now open Friday-Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and other days and times by appointment for your convenience.  


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 

For the month of flowers and sunshine, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have some Open Studio Saturdays (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! Appointments can be arranged for other times; parking available at Saluda Fire Department.

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. Her art can be found also in downtown Saluda hanging in the Purple Onion and the Saluda Grade Cafe. 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.


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


random arts Random Arts  

 Mark your calendar for Sat., May 17 for the 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 houses and have 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


Please LIKE us on FaceBook   


Join Us To Celebrate Spring With Contra on Saturday, May 10!

Join us Saturday, May 10 for some great contra dancing taking place at our favorite place: The Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. For directions,  visit Our caller this month is Jack Mitchell who was dragged to a contra dance in high school and just celebrated his 22nd  year of calling! The music will be by the Blue Ridge Rounders with our all time favorite fiddler Alan Dillman, Becky Osteen on bass, Amy Buckingham on fiddle and Bob Buckingham on guitar. With an edge from bluegrass and a deep respect for the musical traditions of the mountains, the Rounders play a hard driving, fun loving music.


Our "special" offer is still in effect: if you have been to a Blue Ridge Contra Dance and bring two new dancers, you get in free! Or it costs each one of you $6; you figure it out! Regular admission is $9 and $5 under 18. Lessons are from 7-7:30 with dancing from 7:30-10pm. If you have questions, please see us on FaceBook at Blue Ridge Contra or email at Make sure you are on our mailing list. There is a sheet to sign up for it at each dance. 

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. 

11th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

Waddil Arts Festival Excitement is building over the 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival, with a record number of more than 100 artists showing a variety of art mediums.    The festival is May 17, 2014 from 10am to 4pm.  This year's artists and craftspeople will make a strong showing of fine art and skilled crafts representing a diversity of media; paintings,  woodworking, sculpting, pottery, fiber, jewelry, metal, and much more. There is plenty of public parking and public restrooms are available. A special highlight is the Children's Art Tent where kids can explore and create their own works of art.  A new feature this year will be the addition of the "Saluda's Writing Guild," representing local published and non-published authors. Stop by booth #29 to sign up as a member of the guild.   


This annual event is sponsored and organized by the Saluda Business Association as a community event to promote the arts in Saluda.


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 day. The festival is pleased to announce its headliners:   


11am to 1pm
The Deluge  
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.

1am to 3pm
The Danberry's

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


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


 3pm to 5pm

 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.

Music for the Saluda Arts Festival is funded by the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund Grant. This grant is a major reason why the Saluda Arts Festival can bring high-caliber, talented musicians to the festival each year.


The Grassroots Project of the NC Art Council supports the festival through a grant each year.


Dancer's Extension Spring Concert 11am-12pm

The Dancer's Extension Spring Concert is planned for 11am at Saluda Elementary School's auditorium on the day of the festival. Fifty students will perform with eleven numbers in the genres of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Admission is free. Three students will be entered into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts immediately following the performance. School location shown on map.


Children's Art Tent

Children will experiment and unlock their creativity at the "Children's Art Tent." There will be supervised instruction of craft projects, face painting, and surprises. Look for the kids under the Shelter in McCreery Park.


Ol' Time Jammers 

Annie Ewing's group "Ol' Time Jammers" will be playing in the areas of the artists'  booths throughout the day. 



Enjoy a variety of delicious choices from Saluda Grade Café, Jose Rivera's Woodfired Pizza, or hotdogs sold by the Saluda Women's Club. All Saluda restaurants from BBQ and pizza to gourmet meals will be open and staffed for the increase in visitors.



Parking is available along Main Street, at the Saluda School back parking lot, the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St., Saluda Methodist Church on Greenville St, the West Main Public Parking Lot, and the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville St. Shuttle transportation will be available. See the map for locations.


Parking for the Dancer's Extension Spring Concert is behind the school on Seminary Street. Parking in front of the school on Main Street or along the road sides on Main Street will be prohibited and cars may be towed from that area.


We gratefully acknowledge sponsors who provide the funds to enrich the quality of the arts festival each year.  They are:


Gold:  Macon Bank, Bryan Easler Toyota, Don Mintz Builders, Purple Onion, Heartwood Gallery, Citadel Fence Repair, Barbara and Robert Seiler



Beth & Jim Carson, Lynn & Mike Cass, Cathy Jackson Realty, Barbara & Scott Cardais, Charles Street Garden Suites, Green River BBQ,  Dr. Mike, Steve & Georgia Herring, Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot,

Salamander, Angelo & Amy Zollo, Kirby Custom Builders, Carolina Guest Cottage, Subway



The Oaks Bed & Breakfast, Dancer's Extension


Click here to download a list of participating artists.
Click here to download the SAF booth map.

Rain or shine!  Smoke free event.

Visit for more information about the Saluda Arts Festival.

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Green River Adventures Spring Green Bash

Come help us kick off our season with our annual block party!  Common Foundation will be pumping out the reggae jams and Oskar Blues will have the beer flowing. Also, trips that day will be half price, just use the promo code below when booking.


For reservations please visit or give our outpost a call 828-749-2800 or 800-335-1530.


Promo Code for 1/2 price trips: SPRINGBASH14

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.

Vogue is back in Saluda.

Amy Cartee honors Vogue Beauty Shop that once served many clients on Main Street, Saluda.


I named my salon Vogue Salon in reference to the great hairstylist of Saluda.  I have been a stylist for the last 26 years and have had a great career also while teaching cosmetology at BRCC and AB Tech.


I am the owner of  Reflection's Day Spa in Hendersonville. Reflections Day Spa specializes in Hair Care, Make Up, Massage, and Skin Care, 828-674-2939.


After meeting friends from Saluda, I felt that Saluda would be a great place to open a salon. I am so excited because the people that I have met are so nice, and I just love the way they make me feel so welcomed.  It truly is a special place.


At Vogue Salon, I can offer extensive Color expertise and cutting techniques. In addition, I use the very best Hair Color available to ensure damage-free beautiful hair.  My passion for hair and people shows in the quality of my work.


I am available for an appointment at your convenience, please call 828-674-8166 for your appointment. My hours are Wednesday - Fridays 11-7. Vogue Salon is located at 31 Pearson Falls Road behind Wildflour Bakery.


Saluda Car Wash opens in Saluda by reservation on Saturdays. Call 828-699-8522. 






salamander Happy 10th Anniversary to Salamander!  Cynthia and Ben begin their 11th year at Salamander on May 15.  Come celebrate with them that day and enjoy treats, surprises and prizes!


Home to the quality handcraft of about 100 American artists, and a number of fair trade artisans, Salamander also features a selection of excellent books.  You will find jewelry, scarves, hats, handbags, organic body care, music, cards, handmade musical instruments and wine, too. 


And remember, if you want a book that's not on the shelf, Cynthia orders books every week and can get you almost anything in print.


See you at Salamander -- 7 West Main Street, Saluda  828-749-3466



Meanwhile, Back in Saluda

By Casey, Patrick and Egan Asbill-Beck 


What started as a school project, Meanwhile, Back in Saluda has turned into a full time business and we appreciate the community support. Although we are all three back in school, we are continuing Meanwhile and adding to the list of "things we can do" to help out.  


After a winter break, we are back to work full time with our Property Care Taking and other

helpful services.  Call us for spring clean up in the yard, furniture moving, pet care, small repairs, checking on rental properties and more.  Our "Step and Fetch It" service is great for those who need a bit of help while working in the garden or need help moving things around in the house.    


The Saluda Tailgate Market starts back up in May, and we can be found there with tasty pesto, tapenades, herb blends and more fresh things from our herb garden.  New this year will be "grilling bundles" made with herbs from our garden.  If you cannot make it to the Tailgate Market, call us the day before and let us do the shopping for you.  We will hold it at the Meanwhile: Wine Shop and Local Market shop next to Wildflour Bake Shop.  


Our workshop has expanded and handmade crafts can be found at the Meanwhile: Wine Shop and Local Market.  We help find other local handmade crafts too such as Mother and Son Soaps made here in Saluda &  Ashebots Robotics crafts made by students.  Stop by the shop and see what is new each week. 


Thank you again for your support, advice and tips through the years.  We look forward to this summer and continuing to work and learn in Saluda.


Meanwhile, Back in Saluda

"Chop Wood. Fetch Water. Make Dirt. Play with Fire!" 

Phone:  828-749-2480 


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The Crust & Kettle Eatery & More 

The Crust & Kettle Eatery & More is now open with an expanded seating area.  They will serve daily specials including sandwiches, salads, soups, and specialty sides like the Apple Cinder Salad.  The salad is named after "Cinder Hill," which is Charles Street, which around the turn of the 20th century was a dirt road that the first automobiles in Saluda had trouble climbing. The residents would put out their coal cinders in ash buckets along the road so drivers could spread it on the dirt road so the thin tired cars could take hold.


Owner, Doris LeFever, originally from Saluda, plans on holding events that benefit the community and contributes to the overall economic health of Saluda. She uses as much local produce and products as she can find and invites growers and farmers to contact her.  She uses Atkins apples in her "apple cinder salad." 


Offering a helping hand motivates Doris and she is planning a monthly "jockeys lot" (flea market) where 10% of the proceeds will go to a designated charity of the month.  "Bring a can for cancer" is a benefit program for families touched by cancer.  Bring in a can of food and you will receive a free dessert.  The food will be collected and delivered to families to prepare meals, or she will prepare a meal and deliver to families. Shop the "Charity Book Swap" by bringing in a book and taking one for 50 cents for a paper book and $1 for a hardback and the proceeds go to a designated charity.


Meeting space is available upstairs which can be catered by Crust & Kettle. Call for reservations.


Beginning May 15, hours will be 10am to 4:30pm, Monday through Saturday.  Wednesday and Saturday they will open at 7:30am to serve breakfast.


The "more" part of the business will include local crafts and talent like handmade quilts, different artwork like wax art, jewelry, and more.  


Doris LaFever

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




As of April 15, The Dressing Room Etc. has officially opened, and new apparel and accessories continue to arrive on a weekly basis.  I will be making frequent trips to Atlanta's Apparel Mart to keep up with the latest fashions. Remember, there are also small gifts, great outdoor pillows and greenery for your porch, and accent furniture, as well.  To all the ladies who came to visit and shop, a grateful "Thank You!


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

So much going on at The Grade in May!  So happy that we are a part of the community and thankful for all the opportunities to feed you yummy food! 

The first of May brings our New Spring Menu with new items like Mediterranean Spanakopita Phyllo Cups filled with Creamy Spinach, Feta and Asiago Cheeses and beloved favorites like juicy Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Button Mushrooms and Asparagus. Of course, we still have our Mushroom Ravioli with Roasted Garlic Cream and Fettuccine with Spring Vegetables. 


Mothers Day, May 11...Make your reservations now to join us in Celebrating those who have nurtured us and helped us to reach our dreams...Our Moms!  We would love to help you honor your Mom! We are pulling out all the stops for our special Mother's Day Menu!  We will be featuring our Egg Torta with layers of Eggs, Spinach, Mushrooms, Provolone Cheese, Sweet Peppers and Ham, layered in Flakey Pastry....Low Country Shrimp and Grits....Grilled Salmon with Sweet and Sour Blueberry Sauce and Watercress and our Chicken Phyllo Purses with Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms.  Chicken Salad with Blueberries and Fresh Thyme is back too!   Mother's Day will have the Dessert Cart Loaded with all Mom's favorites too...Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon Curd and Berries!


Arts Festival is May 17... The Grade is of course open from 11-3 for lunch with extra, extra staff to make it a tasty and fast meal so that you can get back to looking and buying some great works of art!  We will be at our booth too!  You can stop by our booth and pick up a Turkey and Provolone Wrap, a Grilled Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich, a Crazy Squirrel Salad or a Chicken Salad Platter with Fresh Fruit and Scone and make it a picnic!  We will have loaves of Fresh Baked Focaccia Bread for sale too, as well as Gluten Free Cookies and Ice Cold Tea and Lemonade.  You can swing by and keep me company and get a free hug!  The Arts Festival is one of my very favorite days because I get to spend all day outside...with You!

Make plans to have dinner with us later, after the festival, from 5-9...The Saluda Grade Band has agreed to come on a Saturday night and play for us!  So Remember music on Saturday May 17

for dinner.


May seems to be the beginning of the Catering Season too!  Lots of Boxed Lunches, Luncheon Meetings, Dinner Meetings and maybe even a if you need us to help you with a menu or a party, call soon!  We have a lot of caterings headed to Asheville, as well as Local in Town, but we haven't booked yours yet. 


Music every Friday night starts at 7...Thank you to our great musicians for their time and talents!  Thank you for supporting local Old Timey Music!


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.    


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast: Where East Meets West

We have again been blessed with beautiful, sunny spring weather and amazing guests, some of whom plan and book months ahead and others who call from Main Street in a spontaneous decision to stay and explore all that the mountains have to offer.


We love and adore our home and community; however, the true gifts are the visitors that we welcome to our door.  As guests, they enjoy the comfortable, welcoming ambience of the inn, and as a bonus, meet other travelers from near and far.


We marvel at the camaraderie that is ignited between people whose paths otherwise might never have crossed. Recently, we hosted travelers from Dallas on their way to a family reunion, while in another part of the house, was a lovely couplefrom Sanford, NC who were celebrating their anniversary. The following weekend, an adventurous couple from Niagara Falls shared common ground in The Parlor with new friends from Spartanburg, SC.


There is no way this could be planned.   To have Athens, GA, and Anderson, SC, engaged in lively conversation over Banana Cream Cheese French Toast and pork sausage is amazing, and it happens every week at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast! 


We thank all our wonderful guests for contributing to the stories and the fellowship, making a visit to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast a "brilliant" and memorable experience! ~ Dale and Donna Potruski 


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast


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early morning The Orchard Inn

The long cold winter is now behind us, and here at our serene mountaintop retreat, we have been well rewarded with magnificent blooming wild flowers and our perennial favorite azaleas. You don't have to be a guest of The Orchard Inn to enjoy our beautiful gardens and mountain views - all are welcome to stop by for a glass of wine or beer on the terrace or front porch, anytime. The restaurant at The Orchard Inn (soon to be renamed - "Newman's") is open for dinner every 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 Sunday, May 11th - Mother's Day, we'll be serving an amazing brunch from 11:30 - 2:30. Call early for reservations since seating is limited and we expect to be sold out. Our brunch is never a buffet - everything is made to order and professionally served by our friendly, very talented wait staff.


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

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)


Shop Local at Thompson's Store.


May 1 - Wine Tasting in the Grill, 4 to 6-Featuring "Downton Abbey Wine & Saluda's Judd's Peak." 

May 16 - Back Alley Barn presents R&R...Rodney & Rick from Sound Investment will be playing beach and oldies from 6 to 9pm.

May 22 - Veteran's Breakfast from 8 to 10-Thank you for serving our country and join us for a Free Breakfast and bring a veteran with you. A special thanks to our sponsors: Harold Burrell, Judy Stroud, Dit Williams and the McFarland's.


THRIFTY TUESDAY'S-Every Tuesday receive 10% off your purchase of $25.00 & up, excludes Meat Market specials for the month.

Shop Local: May Market Specials

Ground Chuck $3.99 Per Pound

Aged Cheddar Cheese $6.59 Per Pound

Hormel Black Forest Ham $4.99 Per Pound

Come in and check out our fresh produce, fudge, pasta ,frozen dinners and desserts.


We will be extending hours until 4pm on Saturday, May 17 for the Saluda Arts Festival, serving special menu items inside and on the Back Alley Barn deck out back


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

Green River BBQ is over the bridge and we will be serving all day on May 17 for the Saluda Arts Festival. 


Pint Narragansett and Pabst Blue Ribbon for $1.50.


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   


Happy May Day!  Why not bring back a beautiful, old tradition and leave a basket of goodies as a surprise for someone special?   I know where you can find some yummy treats to fill that basket....just stop by the Wildflour Bake Shop with your basket, fill it up and make someone very, very happy.


May 2 is the first Saluda Tailgate Market of the season.  Wildflour Bakery will be there with Cranberry Ginger Scones (this season's new favorite), Bacon Cheddar Scones, the original Spinach Pockets, Blueberry & Cream Cheese Braids, Magical Mystery Bars (made with our own homemade graham crackers using Carolina Ground organic soft wheat), and this week's Staff Favorite from Erin:  Garlic Asiago Bread. 


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11 and Wildflour will be serving brunch from 10:00 am - 3 pm.  Follow us on Facebook to see what Molly (aka Maxx's mom) has on her special menu for that special day.


The Saluda Art Festival is Saturday, May 17 from 10am - 4pm.  You do not want to miss this!  There will be about 100 talented artists with their work available (several of them will be set up right here in the Nostalgia Courtyard parking lot) and fantastic music at McCreery Park.  Wildflour Bakery will be open with a cool spot to rest, grab a beautiful salad, a hearty sandwich on our own fresh bread, or a delicious pastry and cup of coffee.


Mark your calendars for May 24 and attend the Low Country Boil Event at the Green River Depot.  Wildflour will be baking up some delicious breads to compliment the dinner.  Proceeds benefit The Wounded Warriors. For more information call Cindy (828-699-6679) or Mike (828-606-6460).

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 May 


May 2, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) 

Featuring Wines from The Country Vintner

Join Paul Bucklin of The Country Vintner for our regular Friday Night Wine Tasting event. Friday is also Wildflour Pizza night. Pick up a pizza, taste a new wine & 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 10:00 PM.


May 9, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM)

Featuring Wines for Summer

It has become a tradition to taste new wines on Friday night during Wildflour Pizza night. Every Friday we feature new wines or open up long time favorites. This Friday we will try wines perfect for summer time and warmer weather. Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards. We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights during the summer.


May 16, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM)

Featuring Wines from Mutual Distributing

Join Jannelle Payne from Mutual Distributing as she presents wines sure to please for summer sipping or for pairing with grilled foods and fresh summer produce. Recipe cards are ready for inspiring ideas for cooking with wine, sherry, port or vermouth. Come try something new and fresh.


May 23, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM)

Featuring Wines & Recipes using wine or beer

Join us as we introduce two new wines and new summer beer. Recipes cards will be ready to inspire cooking with wine or beer. Stop by before the music in the park or drop in afterwards. We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights.


May 30, Friday: Music Jam Night and Wine Tasting

Our traditional music night with music from 6:30 - 9:30 and Wine Tasting from 5 - 7 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 or pull up a chair and sing along. Music outside when the weather is nice. Non-alcoholic drinks available and wine or beer by the glass to enjoy with the food and music.


Meanwhile New Hours: Now open seven days a week

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

Open 11 AM till 10 PM Friday  for Wildflour Pizza Night

Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday

Call us (828-749-9463) and we will stay later or meet you earlier.  


We now have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries on Monday and Tuesday. NEW in the shop:

Ice Cream and Sorbet from The Hop Ice Cream in Asheville. Family owned, small batch, locally made ice creams treats.  We also carry Ashe County Cheese Store's butter and cheese, organic Free-Range Eggs, Vineyard's Edge Cheese and pesto & tapenade made by Meanwhile, Back in Saluda. Richard of High Valley Farms is on site Saturday from 12 noon till 2 PM with greens, eggs and other fresh produce.   We also have home-made soaps, cedar soap dishes and natural deodorants made right here in Saluda by Mother and Son Soaps.  We are adding new locally made small-batch specialty foods weekly. Stop by and see what is new.


*NOTE: The Saluda Tailgate Market starts Friday, May 2nd. If you will arrive too late for the Saluda Tailgate Market, call 828-749-9463 to place an order.  Our friendly Tailgate Shoppers will pick up items for you from the Market, and you can pick them up from our shop when you arrive in town.


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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Spring into Home Renovations with a Home Equity Line of Credit

Spring is finally here, but your list of home repairs has been piling up all winter.  Before you start on any renovations or repairs, come see about a Macon Bank Home Equity Line of Credit.  A Home Equity Line is a great way to finance your home improvement projects.


We offer both Fixed and Adjustable rate Home Equity Lines of Credit.  The amount you can borrow is based upon the equity you have in your home.  For your primary residence, your combined loan to value can be up to 80% of the value of the home; on second homes, the combined loan to value can be up to 70% of the value of the home.


Whether you are looking at remodeling your kitchen, adding a deck, or replacing your gutters, let Macon Bank be your first stop.  Come by our branch at 108 East Main Street where Angie Blackwell and the rest of the Staff of our Saluda branch are ready to help with all your banking needs.


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



We love spring! The warmer weather, the longer days, the colorful flowers. But spring also comes with rain. Great for the flowers, but all that water can wreak havoc on your home. A home without proper surrounding drainage can lead to a wet basement. This can lead to mold, pests and even foundation damage. Likewise, a leaky roof can do more than create the need for a bucket to catch the drips. Wet wood in a warm space, like your attic will grow mold quickly! Don't let mold happen to you! If you suspect your home may have a water problem, call Kirby Custom Builders for a free inspection. We can locate the problem and give you an estimate on the cost of repair. Ask about our new Superior Roofing division for all of your roof repair and maintenance needs!


Todd Kirby is a licensed General Contractor. Learn more at Kirby Custom Builders.
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Ruth Anderson

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


Sparking green eyes glisten as Ruth Anderson tells her story of always wanting to live in Saluda after all the summer visits she made here with her family while growing up in South Carolina.  She was overjoyed when moving to Saluda with her two children more than 30 years ago to raise them in a safe and natural environment.


An educator in South Carolina, Ruth taught at Saluda School before becoming an entrepreneur.  Ruth opened a retail business in the former "Whistlestop" building across from the post office (now for lease) where she sold local arts and crafts.


Ruth has always been a supporter of local artists and crafters. She believes that arts and crafts can comfort and heal people struggling with physical and mental challenges.  While teaching in a special training facility in Greenville to help students achieve a GED, she was successful winning over a young woman, Minnie, who could not read well enough to understand how to read crochet instructions. Minnie's mother was very talented and made beautiful crochet items, and when her mother was not able to crochet and help her, Minnie couldn't read the instructions to continue something she loved doing. Ruth used this opportunity to convince Minnie to join her group to learn to read well enough to continue her love of crocheting.


In 1993, Ruth purchased a building known as the Chicken House to provide a haven for artists and craftspeople looking for a place in which to create their work.  The building was originally a poultry house until converted into an artist's studio in the seventies by renowned artist, Leslie Benson, a photographer for Life Magazine.  The Benson's turned one end of the building into a large studio, including the installation of a huge picture window to capture the northern light which is known to be very beneficial for artists.  They also created a massive fireplace.  One original partially completed watercolor is on permanent exhibit in the studio in honor of the first artist in the Chicken House. The Chicken House is now home to six artists creating arts and crafts in the studio space.


Seeing a need for a local newspaper for Saluda, Ruth started publishing the "Saluda Signal" in the mid eighties which continued until 2006 with its last edition.  This publication was sustenance for Saludians and the "summer folk" who depended on the "Saluda Signal" for all the news about Saluda.  With over 950 subscribers, Ruth provided a venue for Saluda businesses to get the word out.  Even when most people had turned to using personal computers, Ruth was adamant that the "Saluda Signal" should look like she sat at her kitchen table to cut and paste, which she did for more than 20 years.


During Saluda's centennial in 1981, Ruth was appointed to the Centennial Committee and served as coordinator.  She also served on the Saluda Library board during the restoration of the new library building. 


Finally retiring from retail work, Ruth has focused on promoting and advertising the benefits of the Old Chicken House.  She has been reaching out to talented artists and crafts people from all over to rent affordable studio space and provide a retail outlet to show and sell their work.


Ruth and a friend started the Saluda Community Tree Preservation to save Saluda's trees.  Ruth fell in love with the green trees covering whole mountain sides while visiting in the summers. This was a refreshing sight to her compared to the sparse cypress and tall pines of the swamp country of SC, and she would hold that vision all winter long before coming back in the summer.  She wanted to be sure that her children could enjoy the same green mountain sides without bare crisscrossed roads, developments and houses peppering ridge tops. The goal of the Saluda Community Tree Preservation is to leave nature alone and the mountain sides green in the summer and colorful in the fall. 


Ruth would recommend Saluda to anyone with the right attitude. If you come here accepting Saluda as you find it without wanting to make serious changes in the natural environment...can enjoy what is here, can enjoy the small-town qualities that are cherished...and willing to help out those who need help...then you would like living here.

Expanding Horizons" Art Show Open at ICC Polk

Isothermal Community College is proud to showcase the work of past and present students of instructor, Don Blackwell, in a month long invitational art show.


The opening reception for "Expanding Horizons" Student Art Show was held Friday, April 25 at Isothermal Community College's Polk Center in Columbus. Light refreshments were served and attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.  All artwork will remain on display in the auditorium and lobby of ICC's Polk Center until May 30 and can be viewed during the college's hours.  


The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 828-894-3092 or visit the website at New courses in continuing education are beginning this month and the course catalogue is available on-line or in published form. Call the college for more information.

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

Block House Steeplechase Races

68th Running of the 2014 Block House Steeplechase Races at FENCE, in Tryon, NC - May 3, 2014.  Click here to see a full schedule and ticket information.

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:

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  

Tour de Falls May 10, 11 
A Family Friendly Event Mother's Day Weekend


A 12 mile tour by shuttle bus in DuPont State Recreational Forest to four spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & Lake Julia


Tour de Falls provides the general public, families and those with limited hiking abilities a chance to see the beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast via shuttle buses. The Tour de Falls begins and ends at the event parking area.


The Event Parking Area is located at 1300 Staton Road in Cedar Mountain, NC 2871, GPS (35.18636, -82.637734), a short distance from the High Falls access and parking area. Look for the Tour De Falls directional signs as you near the event area.


Buses will leave the event parking area approximately every 30 minutes from 9 am. until 2:30 pm.


Visitors getting off the bus at each stop will be able to get great views of the falls, take photos and explore the forest. The tour takes 3 hours or longer, depending on how much time is spent at each stop.


Volunteers will be on each bus and at each stop to provide information about the history of the area and our efforts to protect the historical and natural resources within this 10,400 acre forest.


A donation of $6 for ages 6-17 and $12 for ages 18 and up is requested. We accept donations by cash or check. We cannot process credit cards. Buses are not handicap-accessible. No Pets on the buses.


Visitors should bring snacks and water, as there are no food concessions. Triple Falls and High Falls have covered shelters with picnic tables.


Light refreshments will be available in the lodge overlooking Lake Julia, which is the last stop on the tour.


DuPont State Recreational Forest is located in Henderson and Transylvania counties in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


For directions, membership applications, and additional DuPont State Recreational Forest info, visit our web site


800-828-4244 Hendersonville Visitors Center open 7 days a week.

838-883-3700 Brevard Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center open Mon. - Fri. a week.


Tour de Falls is an event sponsored by the Friends of DuPont Forest. 

Childhood in Saluda
Summer Girls in Saluda
by Clark Thompson


For many years in Saluda, the arrival of early June signaled another palpable spike in testosterone levels along with a conspicuous air of anticipation in the local young male population. The month not only represented the end of an excruciatingly long school year but also the beginning of an annual influx of young summer girls to our town. It was as though Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, whetted the appetites of the males through a generous showering of delightfully fresh female faces.


Almost overnight, the male rutting season set in and the best place to catch a view of the collective targets was at the Saturday night square dances held in the Saluda High School gym.  It was also a convenient way to initially meet and gather information regarding which of the ladies would be in town for only a few days versus those who might stay for a longer period and thus increase the chances for more personal contact. Meanwhile, ever-watchful relatives and chaperones hovered over these young girls to guarantee that only limited contact took place with the local lotharios who were now on the prowl. However, despite their best efforts, no amount of vigilance was totally impermeable to the heightened levels of hormones seeking a new summer love.      


Minimal social contact with the local population by these summer families also meant their daily activities were primarily centered on other summer folks of similar economic status or long standing friendships. This tight bonding added to the severe limitations on social engagement between the young daughters and local males.


More often than not, the girls were allowed to stroll downtown during the daytime hours, but only in pairs or in groups. At that time, the favorite place for social gatherings was at the Saluda Drug Store which had a soda fountain, booths and a juke box. During most of my teenage years, the job of soda jerk was held by a classmate which allowed him more access to these young visitors than anyone else. On several brief occasions, I was allowed to work in his place, but when the opportunity to impress the girls presented itself, I was too nervous and bashful to progress much beyond meaningless babble.


Three separate groups of girls made up the summertime drama in Saluda. The first were locals who, usually following a loyal winter relationship, abruptly found themselves in fierce competition for the same boyfriends who were now diligently seeking one or more elusive summer romances. The second group consisted of girls who regularly returned to Saluda each summer and often spent a substantial part of the season at their family's residence. These young ladies seemed to be fairly comfortable around the local males, were generally treated with more deference than the other two groups, and often found they were the most popular dance partners at the gym.


The third group constituted what could best be described as the new cuties who were either enjoying their first visit to Saluda or who spent such limited time as to be considered fresh faces. Most often, they were friends or guests of traditional summer families and their brief visits also fell under the watchful eyes of the host family.  Since they rarely spent more than a few days in town, the most contact one could hope for was to observe them at the Saluda Drug Store or to enjoy a dance with them on Saturday night.


It was traditional after each dance set for most sweat-soaked dancers to seek a cooling breeze and brief rest on the rock steps just outside the gym, which in turn provided the opportunity to enjoy a ten or fifteen minute conversation. Then it was back into the building for the next dance. Often those few minutes became the initial and final contact with a particular dance partner unless the male extended an invitation for a second dance and was accepted. However, most of the time the objective was to dance with as many young ladies as possible unless suddenly smitten by Cupid.


An unwritten protocol required the ladies to passively sit in the bleachers and await an unsolicited invitation from a partner. Since some of these potential partners may have been sauced up with alcohol or wearing expired deodorant spray, the females were at the mercy of their personal etiquette training and senses. When the dance caller reached the point of yelling "swing your corner lady all the way around," that meant every female got swung by every male in that big ole dance circle. Such prolonged activity produced far more co-mingling of sweat, alcohol breath, under arm fragrances and physical body contact than imaginable. There was no doubt that such melding of activities far exceeded levels allowed under the most liberal interpretation of the Southern Baptist code of one thousand sins.


In fairness, it should also be revealed that, like the male imbibers, some of the more mature ladies were also known to down a drink or four prior to arriving at the dance. Having shown up with or without husbands or boyfriends in tow, or not really caring, some of these half-lit mammas frequently shared their own heightened levels of passion. The degree of personal intoxication seemed to exponentially enhance their primal senses as these hot numbers were tightly squeezed and swung around the dance floor in wild abandonment by all those wet male bodies.


For several summers, one middle-aged blonde visitor regularly came to the dances hauling what could only be described as memorable upper features that were barely held in check by the pin-strap sun dresses she wore. A proclivity for alcohol and lack of fabric obviously made her one of the most popular dance partners, especially among the more mature males.  I always felt sorry for her two teenage daughters who carried themselves with much dignity and poise in total contrast.


Like alpha males, the dance callers held a distinct advantage due to almost universal popularity with the females. Luckily, I happened to be one of those few during my teenage years and even now after more than 55 years removed from those dances can still remember the series of call instructions to the big ring of dancers. Like learning to ride a bike, you never forget,  "Ladies step through and  little boys that double Georgia....right hand over....left change....half way back....ocean wave odd.... break it on odd.....promenade, etc."


Ah but soon enough, at twelve o'clock the band would strike up the final tune "Good Night Ladies." Soon those fresh young Cinderella faces who had shared three previous hours of dance magic once again vanished into another night of chaperone protection, leaving behind only fond memories for the young males.  


But not to worry!!!! Until summer was over, there would be more new faces along with new opportunities every Saturday night. Life sure was good back then!!

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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