Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                    June 1, 2014 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Wildflowers Blooming
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Small Town Main Street Updates
Saluda Tailgate Market
Top of the Grade Concerts
Share the Road
City Notes
Leon Morgan
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Article Headline
Summer Camp
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Arts Festival
51st Coon Dog Day
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Faces
Conservation Corner
Tryon Arts
Tryon Writers Book Signings
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!

Fixer Upper with 4+ Acres

Just outside the city limits of historic Saluda, 4.15 private beautiful acres. Fixer/upper home with some hardwood floors, lots of windows, solid hardwood doors with antique fixtures. New detached 2-car garage/workshop. Loads of potential. 2BR, 1BA MLS#562722 $112,500



Story Book Stone Cottage

Story book stone cottage w/rocking chair porch. Wooden beams & stone fireplace in living room open to spacious kitchen, dining, & gathering area with large windows for viewing private back yard. Entertain on large screened porch overlooking inviting pool. Only ½ mile to Main St yet private. Enjoy outdoor spaces for gardening. Full kitchen downstairs for entertaining at the pool or use for guest suite. MLS#562088, $224,500



Mountain Cabin with Views

Quality log cabin in the country, yet only minutes to downtown Historic Saluda. Mountain views from front porch and back deck. If you're into hiking, the Palmetto Trail is less the one mile from the front door. 3BR, 2BA, 1.58 ac, 2-car garage. MLS#561647, $289,000



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, BEST DEAL! 

$80,000, MLS#484526

43 ac lot, $35,000 MLS#554607  

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front,  dock, $96,500 MLS#473230

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145


Saluda City Lots 

.59 ac, $47,000, MLS#473131

.57ac, $35,000, MLS#533757



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

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

NEW!  8+ acres unrestricted, potential views, private, MLS#562901

NEW! 3 acres, See all the way to the ocean! $85,000, MLS#561332
20.77 ac, bold creek, Waters of Camp Creek, $185,000, MLS#535104  

 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

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 May 31, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     10            3              

Homes 2013     11            0      


Land 2014        1              2                

Land 2013        9              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, June 3 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.


Saluda Community Land Trust

Monthly meeting 3pm, June 4 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, June 13 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


Contra Dancing, Saturday, June 14 at 7pm, Party Place & Event Center. 


Saluda Garden Club meets at Saluda Presbyterian Church at 10am on June 16.


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


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., June 19 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.

The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 6:15pm on June 24 in the Saluda Community Library.


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

Saluda Small Town Main Street
meets Tuesday, June 24
at 9am at the Saluda Library and the public is invited. 
Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7:00PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.  


Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.   


Polk County Extension Club  

The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.
Saluda Lifestyles Celebrates 8 Years!

happy anniversary Saluda Lifestyles is celebrating its 8th anniversary and its 150th edition.  Thanks to all the loyal readers, and sponsors that make it possible to produce a printed version for the community.   Because of you, the newsletter has grown exponentially since the first edition in June, 2006.  Click here to view the first Saluda Lifestyles. 

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.


Saluda's Small Town Main Street Program celebrated its two years in the program on May 22 at the Saluda Fire and Rescue Department. Sherry Adams, the Western North Carolina coordinator, spoke on the importance of Saluda being selected to be in the program and as a part of the Main Street Program nationwide. The STMS group has accomplished much in the Promotions, Design and Economic Restructuring committees.


The Ella Grace Mintz Stage in the Top of the Grade Amphitheater in McCreery Park was donated by the family of Ella Grace Mintz and was the setting for the concert on Friday evening, May 23. The Promotions Committee has worked closely with the Mintz family in making this happen.


Monica Pace presented the master plan for McCreery Park, and the plan is now available at City Hall for the public to see. The park will be implemented in phases, and the City will be applying for grants for different areas of the park. Thanks to everyone who has worked so diligently on each committee and for bringing so much enthusiasm to each meeting. STMS will move forward with the Saluda Business Association with both groups working together.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 24, at 9 a.m. in the library. Everyone is invited to attend as we work on positive projects that will benefit all Saluda citizens, businesses, and visitors.


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


The Saluda Small Town Main Street will meet Tuesday, June 24 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


If you are coming up to open your vacation home or entertaining friends and family, be sure to shop the tailgate market first.

Nesbitt Farm has beautiful hydroponic lettuces and Emerald Springs Farm has gorgeous chard as well as goat cheese. Carolina Herbs and Living Herbs will have plants for your garden or container growing. Mountain View Farm will have rainbow trout, herbs, and greens and Mountain Valley has Saluda raised grass fed beef. Charlene's Garden brings pork sausage and bratwurst and she expects to have zucchini ready soon. Claire made an early surprise appearance with sweet William bouquets and we hope she is back soon with her famous zinnias.


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. Go to to download the application and rules. 


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 Friday, June 13 and June 27.   


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.


On June 13, Sound Investment will perform oldies and beach music great for dancing or

just singing along with the music. Click here to read more. 


One Leg Up will stir it up with swing and gypsy jazz on June 27. Based in Asheville,  One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States.  Click here to read more.


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.


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

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
Share the Road This Summer

Saluda is a favorite destination for bicyclists and motorists alike, and June is the perfect time to ride and drive.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other, whether you're on a bike or in a car.  Motorists, click HERE for some tips on how to make the roads that much more safe for everyone.  Cyclists, click HERE for tips to make your trip a little bit safer.    

CityCity Notes


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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Leon Morgan Honored

Leon Morgan received a plaque which read: "A Special Commendation to Veteran and Commissioner, Leon Morgan for outstanding service and support."   


The award was presented at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Saluda Veteran Park by Dr. Jerry M. Russell.


Mr. Leon Morgan served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and is currently owner of M. A. Pace General Store and is also on the Saluda City Council.


Mr. Leon Morgan on right and Dr. Jerry M Russell on left.

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

Book club meeting on Thurs., June 5 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues., June 10 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


Senior Life Solutions with Debbie Kennedy will be here on Wed., June 18 for a brief presentation and depression screening at 12:30 pm. We address the emotional and behavioral health of adults over 65. We work in groups to learn new skills for coping with the constant changes life brings. Some of the things one may suffer from are:  crying, hopelessness, loneliness, restlessness, sadness, coping with loss of any sort, decreased energy, sleep problems, low self confidence/esteem. Traditional Medicare with a supplement, and there are no charges for the patient.


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., June 19 at 6:00 pm

The Saluda Craft Club will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 12:30 pm at the Saluda Center.  The craft for this month will be a repeat of the raffia (twisted paper) baskets that we did in April.  I have had a lot of interest in these baskets so we will be crafting them again.  You will need a box that you think would make a good basket (shoe boxes are good), hot glue gun and glue sticks, some clip clothes pins and scissors. I have twisted paper in several different colors that you can use.  These baskets will be finished at home with batting and material for the inside.  I will show you how to do this.  These baskets are inexpensive, fun to craft and make great gift baskets when filled with goodies.   

Community potluck and bingo on Mon., June 30 at 6:00 pm. Bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends or make new ones. All are welcome to attend.

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


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. 

Saluda Community Land Trust

sclt Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, June 9 with rain date of June 16.  We will meet in the library parking lot at 9 AM and each volunteer will be provided a safety vest. Two teams of volunteers will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176.


On June 1, the "Walks in the Woods" will be Pacolet Street to the Missing 40. This is a one mile loop of moderate walking that will take one to two hours. The trail is well blazed, children and pet friendly, and includes several easy water crossings. We will meet in the parking lot at the Saluda library 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.


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


Thank you to all the volunteers who made the evening such a great success!


This year's board members are:


Nancy Barnett  President

Don Clapp  Vice President

Mary Jo Wannamaker  Secretary

Chris Young  Treasurer

Nora Parks Anderson

Betsy Burdett

Cindy Hemenway

Will Nelson

Dave Prudhomme

Elena Robson

John Savage


Our next board meeting is on Wednesday June 4 at 3PM. We will be meeting at the Pavilion in McCreery Park and the public is invited.


Don't forget that if you are interested in reserving Twin Lakes for a special gathering please call SCLT office at 828-749-1560 in advance.


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 Garden Club

saluda garden club

Saluda Garden Club

The June meeting will feature a trip to GaGa Gardens and Daylily Farm in Columbus, NC.   Meet Nance Wolff and see her wonderful eclectic garden complete with woodland stage for entertainment, yard art, menagerie, and of course, her daylilies - hundreds of them and they should be in full bloom.


Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 10:00am on June 16 to carpool to Columbus. 

The public is welcome.    


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


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

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

The Tree Preservation Association was organized in 2005, as a small but active group.  Some are members of both Tree Preservation and the recently organized Tree City USA, Saluda branch. The Tree Preservation group supports Tree City, a project of Arbor Day Foundation, and members are available to provide assistance to Tree City, Saluda whenever needed.


A remarkably appropriate fit for both groups, Tree City USA focuses largely on children's nature activities and tree planting while Tree Preservation emphasizes preserving existing trees, especially Saluda's old, healthy, stately, and beautiful trees which provide many benefits to our community's natural environment.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson  


The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association Mission Statement

As residents of the Saluda community, we recognize and respect the tremendous asset we possess in the many trees that grow in our community. We recognize the value of our trees, both aesthetically and in the very tangible benefits they provide: the conservation of soil, energy, water, wildlife and the atmosphere. We observe with dismay the numbers of trees, which, for various reasons, are being cut down, which could and should be preserved.


BE IT RESOLVED THAT every effort be made to preserve our trees and to encourage that none be destroyed without justifiable cause. We plead that the cutting of trees be undertaken only after careful deliberation and with tree preservation as a prime concern. We urge, as well, that when needed, the advice of an aboriculturist be obtained.


We earnestly request your help in preserving our legacy of trees for present and future generations.

Women's Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will be on Tuesday, June 10, at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  We welcome all women from the community to come and join us and see what we are all about.  


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, June 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend. 


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


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

Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30

Thursday 5:30 

Friday 9:30


Flow (vinyasa) Yoga
Monday 8:00 a.m.

Chair Exercise Classes
Monday 9:30

  • Classes are being held downstairs in the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
  • All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions: 828-749-3794.
  • Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere!  To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 
Polk County Commission Foundation
Awards 2014 Scholarships

Since 1975, the Polk County Community Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for all in our community. Assets managed by the Community Foundation now exceed $52 million. The Foundation receives charitable donations of all sizes from community members and then distributes grants to local nonprofits and educators, as well as scholarships to students.


Many donors to the Foundation have chosen to establish scholarship funds to help make local students' college dreams come true. The Community Foundation awards the following scholarships to graduating high school seniors and adults going back to school according to donors' wishes:


A Leg Up Scholarship, Jack H. Albertson Educational Award, John A. Albertson Educational Award, Margery W. Bain-Franklin Scholarship, Susan P. Barbour Scholarship, Polly C. and Carroll G. Bennett Scholarship, Allan C. & Anne B. Boas Scholarship, Bradley Achievement Award, G. Freeman and Elizabeth M. Brooks Scholarship, P. Henry & Sara Molder Burrus Scholarship, J. Harwood Cochrane Educational Award, John Lewis Craddock Educational Award, Gordon L. Foote Educational Award,  Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Scholarship,  Annette W. Hysham Scholarship,  Phil J. Hysham Scholarship, Kirby Endowment Fund Back-to-School Scholarship for Adults, Kirby Endowment Scholarship for First Year Students, John G. Landrum, Jr. Educational Award, Mary Evelyn & Harry Laurent Scholarship, James A. & Renée R. McDermott Scholarship,  Hoyt D. & Tyler B. McEntire Scholarship, Nathaniel M. & Constance J. McIntyre Memorial Scholarship,  Jessica Lauren Mills Memorial Scholarship, N. Elizabeth Nash Scholarship, Arthur M. Nelson Scholarship, William F. & Claire B. Nelson Scholarship, R. Shaw Pettigrew Scholarship, Edward E. & Suzanne K. Plumly Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Annual Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Endowed Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Merit Award, Puddin' Hill Award, Lelia G. Rainey Nursing Scholarship, The Restart Scholarship, Priscilla and Ellis D. Slater Merit Scholarship Award, Dudley Smith Educational Award, David P. & Barbara Stayman Educational Award, G. Mildred Steinbach and John F. Steinbach Scholarship, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Scholarship, Guilford S. Turner, Jr. Educational Award, Village Support Award, Joseph Anthony & Adair McIntyre Wagner Scholarship, Tony Wallace Scholarship, Jane Hysham Willis Scholarship, N.W. Willis Scholarship, Frances O. & John W. Wilson Restart Scholarship, Robert & Nancy Worsnop Scholarship.


In 2014, donors establishing these scholarships made possible more than $190,000  in awards given to 58 Polk County and Landrum graduating seniors and adults going back to school. All Foundation awards are a minimum of $1,000 and the maximum scholarships in 2014 are renewable awards worth $16,000. The Community Foundation is honored to help fulfill these donors' wishes and would like to congratulate the entire class of 2014 and the following recipients of this year's awards:

Monica Barber, Katherine Barker, Nathan Bowers, Amberly Bradley, Alicia Brewington, Charlyn Bullock, Cassidy Campbell, Portia Carson, Sarah Cash, Olivia Clayton, Jacob Collins, Skylar Curtis, Robyn Dennison, Brianna Dill, Jacqueline Doolittle, Jared Durham, Jamie Greene, Lilah Halbkat, Cody Halford, Madeline Howell, Eli Jenkins, Kathryn Johnson, Brittany Jones, Emily Jones, Andrew Kolberg, Katelin McCall, Noah McCall, Mackenzie McCool, Kayla McEntire, Angela McNamara, Nathan Metcalf, Autumn Miller, Caley Modlin, Ryan Mollette, Ashley Myles, Itzel Najera, Chaitanya Patel, Taliaferro Petoia, Alexis Porter, Morgan Pratt, Karl Riley, Kasey Ruff, China Russell, Kimberly Russell, Samantha Russell, Katherine Sams, Mary Smith, Stephen Stimac, Andrew Suber-Brown, Juliet Taft, Kristin Wade, Philip Waisman, III, Elizabeth Walker, Dylan Weicker, Sheala Wheeler, Caroline Wolfe, Abaigeal Wood, and Rebecca Woodaman.


For more information about scholarships, grants or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation by visiting 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking its website,

-Article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation

The Porpoise Room Summer Camp

In the heart of historic downtown, Saluda, NC.  Swimming, Hiking, Sport & Play, Library Activities, Arts & Crafts and more.  (All activities will be at The Porpoise Room, 32 W. Main, or within walking distance).

Monday to Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(drop off after 8 AM, pick up by 5 PM)


(10% off for 4 full weeks, discount for siblings, partial days & scholarships possible)


June 16-20, June 23-27

July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-August 1

August 4-8, August 11-15


Serving Ages 5-11 years

Only 10 children per day - sign up early to get your spot!

Call, text, or email Ellen W. Rogers @ 828-329-6790,

to request a registration form.

10% discount for 4 full weeks; $25 discount for each additional sibling for a full week of camp, 10% discount for each additional sibling any other attendance. 50% non-refundable deposit due with registration. Balance due Day 1.


Click here to download a registration form.

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Congratulations to Patti Grochowski, Saluda Elementary's 2014 Teacher of the Year!


Lynn Lewis, Saluda's PreK teacher, is retiring. Mrs. Lewis has provided incredible, developmentally-appropriate educational experiences for more than 150 children during the past nine years at Saluda Elementary. Thank you, Mrs. Lewis, for your love and dedication to our youngest students!  


A special thank you goes to Camp Wayfarer for their partnership with Saluda Elementary School this year!  Our school-wide theme, "Camp Saluda," has been enhanced in many ways thanks to Camp Wayfarer's staff.  This past fall, faculty and staff spent an afternoon at Camp Wayfarer participating in professional development activities.  This spring, students in grades 2-5 spent time at Camp Wayfarer on May 20 and students in PreK-1 enjoyed their day at camp on May 21.  Camp Wayfarer was the perfect setting for our end-of-year field day activities.  Thank you, Jim Bob & Nancy!   


Kindergarten Registration was held on May 14. There are currently twenty-two children registered for kindergarten.  If you know of any child, who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2014, please have his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) contact the school office for registration information.  (828)749-5571


Upcoming Events

June 2        Yearbook Distribution & Signing

June 3        5th Grade Science EOG Test

June 4        EOG Make Up Tests and 3rd Grade Read to Achieve ELA Assessment

June 5        Jen Pace will present Polk County Library's Summer Reading Program to students      

June 5         EOG Make Up Tests       

June 6         Awards Ceremonies  (9:00am for PreK-2; 10:00am for Grades 3-5)

June 6         Half Day for Students

June 6         Report Cards

June 9-13    Required Teacher Workdays

June 10       PreK registration & developmental screenings at Forbes Preschool in Tryon from 9am-4pm.   Please call (828)894-3051 for more information.

June 16-27  K-5 Summer School & Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camp for 3rd Graders

July 7-25    Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camp for 3rd Graders


Polk County will hold a Bus Driver Training Course at Polk County Middle School from 8:30am-3:30pm.July 15-17  Call (828)894-8700, if you are interested in becoming a substitute bus driver for Polk County.


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.   


Principal, Ronette Dill    


Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773


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


Online registration for our 2014 Summer Reading Program starts June 9. After you've registered, come by the library to pick up a reading log and BINGO card. Keep track of how often you read this summer (in your log or online) and win prizes! You can also enter to win one of the grand prizes every time you mark off five in a row on your BINGO card.  


June 17 at 3pm

Summer Reading Program: Chimney Rock presents Wildlife of WNC

Western North Carolina is home to some amazing wildlife species! Chimney Rock Park will bring creatures for us to meet and we'll learn about the different characteristics and adaptations of these animals.


Polk County Library in Columbus 

June 12 at 5:30pm

Drum Circle

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


June 17 at 6pm

Summer Reading Program: Chimney Rock presents Wildlife of WNC

Western North Carolina is home to some amazing wildlife species! Chimney Rock Park will bring creatures for us to meet and we'll learn about the different characteristics and adaptations of these animals.


June 19 at 4pm

Teen Book Club & Movie Night
The Teen Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4pm. For our June book, we're reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. Come to the meeting on to discuss and you'll also get a free copy of July's book. Stick around after book club for a screening of The Princess Bride (with popcorn and drinks) at 5pm!


June 24 at 2pm

Summer Reading Program: Movie Matinee
Come watch The Lego Movie (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks! (Hike has moved to July 1.)


June 26 at 5:30pm

Drum Circle

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




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

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)

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
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.

Property Cleaning!

Deep cleaning jobs, moving jobs, Vacation rentals. Great references, and very reasonable Rates. Will give estimates. Call Kathie @ 828-674-6108 or email me @



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.

Jay Brandon Russell, 29, passed away on May 13, 2014.


Kaye Laughter Diaz, passed away May 11, 2014.

Elsie Pace, 85, passed away May 10, 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. 


In Your Own Back Yard

Gazing into the dark valley on a warm summer night, lightening bugs (or fireflies) flash an intermittent luminescent glow creating a light show. Flowering trumpet-shaped honeysuckle vines twine around fence posts and road banks scenting the air with sweet fragrance and drawing humming birds and children to suck out the sweet nectar. Clustering blackberry bushes, full of dainty white blooms, promise the juicy fruit soon to come (if you can pick them before the birds do!).


Summer folks are returning as the low country heats up. School will be out soon and the summer camps will fill with kids bringing more people to town. More bicyclists are touring through town and businesses are extending hours for the summer.


It's time to get out and appreciate the mountains all around us. Hike a trail to a mountain view or sparkling waterfall, picnic next to a creek or river, bike a mountain road, kayak or tube down the Green River, take a walk in the historic district.  It's all free and right here in your backyard.


Click here to see the Saluda Adventure Guide.   

What's Happening in Music and Art

purpleonion What's Happening At The Onion in June


Summer is upon us once again and that means The Purple Onion welcomes you seven days a week from May 1 through Labor Day with fabulous live music and great farm fresh meals.


New T Shirts & Pint Glasses Are Here!

We just updated our logo with help from our friend Mary Ellen Davis, (formerly of Ménage and the Swayback Sisters) who also happens to be a talented graphic artist. Of course we had to have new

t-shirts  and pint glasses to show the logo off and they just arrived last week. The t-shirts are made from 100% recycled material, feel great, and look even better.  


Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line

Sunday, June 8 @ 7 PM

The Purple Onion is pleased to present  Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line on June 8, 2014 @ 7 PM as part of our Sunday Evening Music series.  


Enjoy these music clips by Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line by clicking on the YouTube links below: 

"Barn Dance" video: View our videos on YouTube

 "Carnival" video: View our videos on YouTube

"Bike Ride" video: View our videos on YouTube


Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high energy, Nashville-based quintet performs Struthers' original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks), and now her group is touring heavily in support of their latest release, Carnival. Struthers' songs are as steeped in American history, and as well crafted, as the beautiful vintage dresses she wears on stage.


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 June 

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


June 5 - Cabo Verde

A mix of authentic Latin and Afro-Cuban grooves and funky rhythms.

June 7 - The Bad Popes

Americana from Greenville, SC, a seasoned band that plays everything from western swing like Bob Wills to rock in the spirit of the Allman Brothers to straight up country material like Hank Williams.

June 8 - Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

Check out the video links above. (Sunday concert.) 

June 12 - One Leg Up

A vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz.

June 14 - David Jacob Strain

A fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.

June 19 - Bruce Piephoff

Folk musician and poet from Greensboro makes his annual trek to the Onion with special guest, dobro player, Aaron Balance from Tellico.

June 21 - Lonesome Road Band

A familiar favorite bluegrass band from Hendersonville.

June 26 -Chris Padgett

Classical, Flamenco, American Primitivism, and folk... syncopated finger picking style.

June 28 - JPQ Band

Jim Peterman returns with his Hammond B 3 and terrific band; funky jazz and R&B.


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 


June Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center 

The summer calendar is filling up with private bookings. So we will put the Saturday night live music and dance on hold until later this fall.  Always check the schedule of events on our webpage to know if we are open to the public.


Our monthly Contra dances will continue on the 2nd Saturday night of each month. This month on June 14 the Contra Dance caller will be Lindsay Morris and the music performed by The Inexplicabillies.  Our theme for June is "Dessert Night." Bring your favorite dessert or sweet treat to share.  Contra dance lessons start at 7:00pm with dancing from 7:30 until 10:00.  We will move our start time to 7:30 starting in July so folks can enjoy the longer summer days.  Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who continue to build the Contra Dance in our community. 


Saturday Night Schedule

June 7 - Private Booking-closed to the public

June 14 - Contra Dance

June 21 - Private Booking-closed to the public

June 28 - Private Booking-closed to the public


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! 


Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 21 at 7:00pm

June 21 is the first day of summer! What does summer mean to you? Beach party? We are looking forward to relaxing with our friends on the back terrace, sampling new beers, listening to our wonderful, local, music 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. 


See you all June 21 for the Summer Solstice Party!



Backyard Beach Party and Open Music Jam Session...

bring your instruments and join Steve and friends in our usual musical fun! Flip flops required.


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


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


Swing Dancing in Saluda

Western Carolina Patron of The Arts presents
"Learn to Swing in Saluda" Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the parking lot of Wildflour Bakery. 
Live Swing Band Krista Tortora Quartet and two swing dance instructors.  
KTQ will play an outdoor swing dance event right in front of Wildflour Bakery and the Wine Shop! Swing dance lesson first, then the show begins! This particular event features a different line up: Alex Taub (keys), Zack Page (bass), Ben Colvin (sax), Krista (vocals).  Wear appropriate attire for swing dancing .  Pizza night at Wildflour Bakery.  To sign up call 828-749-9224. meanwhile  







Located in Nostalgia Courtyard. 

171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463


See us on Like us on Facebook.      

Dancer's Extension dancersextension

What a great performance!  Thank you to all who showed their support for our fourth annual Spring Concert.  We are so proud of all of our students, but especially Willow Arkell and Georgia McCullough who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.


Registration is open for dance camps and the 2014-2015 dance season.  Dance camp for ages 3-6 is the week of July 28-August 1.  Dance camp for ages 7-10 is the week of August 4-8.  Classes for the 2014-2015 academic year begin on Tuesday, September 2.  Space is limited, so register early.  Private lessons are also available throughout the summer.  Contact the studio to register for camps, classes and private lessons.


For the summer months, our adults will meet for beginner ballet on Mondays at 6PM and Hot Pop! on Tuesdays at 4PM.  Beginners are always welcome.  Get out of the heat and join us for some fun inside our cool dance studio!


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



saluda grade
Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast,"  June 2 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and "ends when it ends...."  

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

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

Spring on the Blue Ridge  

Workshop with Bill Jameson 


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



chicken house The Old Chicken House  

Congratulations and thank you to all who planned, helped, organized, and assisted on May 17 to make the annual art festival such a success!


All spring/summer wreaths are $10 off the price marked.  The sale will continue on Friday-Saturday through June except The Old Chicken House will be closed on holidays.  We'll open almost anytime by appointment.


Come see new acquisitions in The Hen's Nest-still most items are from our family collection over four generations.


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



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



Contra in Saluda: A Very Cool Dance!

Enjoy the cool weather inside The Party Place and Event Center in Saluda! Join us for our June Contra Dance Saturday, June 14, 2014 and come in from the heat!  If you need directions, visit  Lessons from 7-7:30 with dancing until 10:30. Admission is $9 for those over 18 and $5 for those under. Family plan is 2 adults at regular price, one child at $5 and the rest of your kids are free! Caller Lindsay Morris is back by popular demand! With this creative and animated instructor, you cannot help but have a fun dance workout with him (and be glad for the air-conditioning!). Our band, the InexplicaBillies is from Asheville and will charm your dancing feet. THE INEXPLICABILLIES has David White on fiddle and banjo, Joel McConnell on mandolin and banjo and Wes Maluk on guitar, tenor banjo, percussion.


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.  


Bill Jameson teaches workshop at the Anderson, SC Arts Center and juries 2014 South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibit

The 2014 SCWS workshop will be held June 23-25 at the Anderson Arts Center  112 Federal Street, Anderson, SC.  The cost is $325 and includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch onsite at the Anderson Arts Center. Dutch Treat group dinners will also be organized and announced closer to the date.


Award winning and nationally recognized artist Bill Jameson (who is also this year's juror) will be leading approximately the first 15 to 20 students to register in this workshop entitled "Painting Large Without Fear" that can be applied to any medium in which you choose. According to the instructor: "This 3 day studio workshop will be a fun and intensive exploration of handling a large canvas. We will learn how to select compositions that "work" for large scale paintings and how to execute them without letting the size intimidate."


Rosemary Moore, President of SCWS and currently Director of the Honea Path Arts Center has taken one of his workshops and has this to say,"a workshop with Bill Jameson is an amazing experience! He is not only a nationally recognized painter but also an excellent teacher. His instruction allows us to look at our work with a more practiced eye while also having more fun with our canvas. He works well with beginner and advanced artists and we are doubly fortunate that he is leading a workshop here and also is juror for our 2014 South Carolina Watermedia Exhibit."

Rosemary Moore, President of SCWS and currently Director of the Honea Path Arts Center.

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 Boulder and Painting:  What could be Better?


High Country Spring12 x 16 oil


William Jameson Painting Workshops are designed to be fun and educational travel experiences and Boulder lends itself to both! So join us September 1-5, 2014 to enjoy the scenic areas around Boulder.


This workshop is open to all levels from beginner to advanced students in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. We'll also be using pen and ink with watercolor wash sketches. There will be six hours of painting each day in exciting painting locales areas such as Estes Park and Brainard Lake.  Both are known for their appealing plein air possibilities and Boulder itself also offers a fantastic setting for painting! So we will mix up our venues and make the most of our time in Colorado. In addition to the hours spent painting, there will be demonstrations, critiques and assistance with photography for paintings.  We'll break for lunch each day at one of the local popular eateries, and then resume painting!


Non-painter companions are welcome to join us on all workshop trips! Boulder offers plenty of places to visit: the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art and the incomparable Boulder County Farmers' Market are just two of them. Places to rest your head and be pampered include the St. Julian Hotel & Spa or the Bradley Boulder Inn, just two of the many Boulder hotels to enjoy. Both are located close to Pearl Street, the best shopping and dining area in Boulder. And there's a reason Bon Appétit called Boulder "America's Foodiest City" and Food & Wine called Pearl Street one of the "10 best foodie streets in America."  Local diners and chefs are insistent about quality, innovation and flavor.  Dining is a real pleasure at places such as The Med, Brasserie, TenTen, or Arugula. So take a look at your schedule, the other information on the website and come with us to Colorado. Contact Bill at 828-749-3101 or

11th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

Waddil Arts Festival

The 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival opened with crystal blue skies, a cool gentle breeze and over 100 artists from all over the region.  This annual event continues to grow both in numbers of diverse artist exhibits and the number of people who come each year to delight in our small town festival.  Many visitors, visiting Saluda for the first time because of the arts festival, remarked about how charming the town is and how friendly the people are.


A great team of volunteers give their time and energy to make this festival better every year.  The Saluda Business Association expresses heartfelt appreciation to the following organizations, volunteers and sponsors.   






Thanks to the following organizations that we depend on each year for their support to the Saluda Arts Festival by providing assistance, supplies and equipment, exhibit booth space, golf carts for shuttling visitors, and parking: First Baptist Church, Saluda Methodist Church, Saluda Presbyterian Church, City of Saluda, Saluda Police Department, Saluda Fire Department, Saluda Elementary School, Saluda Medical Center, Saluda Center, Saluda Branch of US Post Office, Green River Adventures, The Purple Onion, Wildflour Bakery, Ryan Boyle Antiques, and Macon Bank.



Allen Burdett
Amberly Arkell

Barb Gianelli

Ben Coonrod

Beth Carson*

Beth Harris

Betty Wilkerson

Carolyn Ashburn

Catherine Ross*

Cathy Jackson*

Christel Lawson

Chuck Hearon 

Cindy Hemingway

Cindy and Brad Tuttle

Cissy Thompson

Connie Scicluna 

Dale McEntire

Danielle Pomerleau

Deb Phillips

Dee Siwek

Denise Kennedy*

Don Clapp

Donna Humphries

Genell Jespersen

Herb Humphries

Howard Troxler*

James Metcalf

Jerry Cole

Jim Hall

Jim Siwek

Jo Ryter

John Savage

Joyce Coggins

Karen Bultman

Katie Marley 

Katrina Thissen

Leslie Jespersen

Lin Savage

Marc Blazar

Marcus Robinson

Mark Kennedy

Mary Ann Hester

Mary Jo Wannamaker

Melanie Yoe

Melody and Rodney Gibson

Michael Nelson

Mike Cass

Nora Parks Anderson

Nori Saunderson 

Pat Whitaker

Patricia Corrigan

Patty Martin*

Patty Whitaker

Peter Eisenbrown

Rich Igoe

Rita Igoe

Sa Smith

Scott Cardais

Sophie Young

Susie Welsh*

Tiersa Nelson

Wendy Frezza

Wendy McEntire

Willow Arkell  

Zoe Parsons 


A special thanks to Chuck Hearon who is our official photographer and Mark Schimerling for covering the festival for the Tryon Daily Bulletin.


*CORE Team-(Creative, Organized, Responsible, Energetic). This is the "core" group that starts planning and organizing the festival starting in January every year.



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



Macon Bank, Bryan Easler Toyota, Don Mintz Builders, Purple Onion, Heartwood Gallery, Citadel Fence Repair, Barbara and Robert Seiler, Lynn Casey and Howard Troxler, Wynn Insurance, and Dr. Mike Dennis.



Beth & Jim Carson, Lynn & Mike Cass, Cathy Jackson Realty, Barbara & Scott Cardais, Charles Street Garden Suites, Green River BBQ, Steve & Georgia Herring, Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot, Salamander, Angelo & Amy Zollo, Kirby Custom Builders, Carolina Cottage Guest House, Subway



The Oaks Bed & Breakfast, The Dancer's Extension


Music and Entertainment

Thanks to The Deluge, The Danberry's, and Sweet Claudette for spectacular music.  We appreciate Stoney Lamar for arranging the music every year and for Peter Eisenbrown for being the MC and providing the sound system.      


The music for the Saluda Arts Festival is funded through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund.  This grant is key to bringing festival goers an outstanding caliber of performing artists.  


Everyone enjoyed the balloon artist, Stephanie Miles, Kevin Bradley who juggled and rode his Unicycle, and the beautiful stilt walker, Ananda (Heather Springsteen) who towered over even the tallest  person. 



Children's Art Tent 

Children had fun exploring their own creativity by drawing, decorating hats, mural painting, and more. There were a lot of painted faces, and a line waiting for the balloon artists to create a favorite figure.    


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We invite you to click here to enjoy photos of the 2014 annual Saluda Arts Festival.


2015 Saluda Arts Festival will be Saturday, May 16. 


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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 also 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. 

Complete schedule of events will be published in the mid June Saluda Lifestyles. 
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.

Evening Shade Pottery will be closing our doors on June 15. I want to thank each of you for your kindness and support. It has been fun for the last 5 years, and I do hope to see you all around town once in awhile, or maybe an art show here and there.  Saturday, June 7, I will be having an inventory reduction. So stop by and check it out. Thank you to all who helped with the passing of the pots in June 2012. Now the pots will be packed and ready for road trips.

Thank you again.

Eva McCray


Contact Eva at 828-749-3249 or email at  

Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street.    


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast:  

20 Shades of Green

The people who manufacture Crayola Crayons confirm that there are 120 colors in their classic collection.  Generations of imaginations have run wild through the endless variety of tones and shades contained in this precious box of colorful waxy sticks.


After a drive to the mountains, a recent quest at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast pointed out the variety of "greens" he had encountered as he made his way up the mountain.  Seems the blooming trees, bushes and plants demand the majority of our attention, while this observant traveler asked if anyone mentioned the endless variety of "greens"?

In these early days of the season - as sprouting bud turns to leaf, and maturing foliage makes friends with the sunshine -- the hue we refer to simply as "green" regenerates before our eyes.  According to the Crayola Crayon Company, there are a total of 20 shades of green that exemplify what we find in the fledgling growth of the forests and hills.  With names like Inch Worm, Asparagus, Shamrock and Pine, we are convinced that we have a few new and vivid shades of green that don't yet live in any box.


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to Relax, Explore and Enjoy all that these beautiful mountains have to offer.  Make your travel plans NOW by calling 828-749-2000 or go to TODAY!


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early morning The Orchard Inn

It's June on the calendar but it still feels like Spring up here at The Orchard Inn. Situated at a gentle elevation of 2500 feet and as part of the Isothermal Belt - it's cool and comfortable and just a short .7 mi from downtown Saluda. 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.


The restaurant is also open every Sunday from 11:30-2:30 for a fabulous brunch either in the dining room or outside on our lovely terrace. Our brunch is never a buffet - everything is made to order and professionally served by our friendly, very talented wait staff. The combination of our serene environment and exquisite cuisine will delight you, so become a part of the Sunday tradition and experience it for yourself!

Trip Addvisor - 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. 

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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.


Sound Investment at the Back Alley Barn-June 6 from 6pm to 9pm.  Will be serving BBQ & Chicken Wings with Beer & Wine.


Wine Tasting June 5 from 4pm to 6pm- Tasting Wines Around The World with Shelley from Skyland Distributing. 


Free Veterans Breakfast June 26 from 8am to 10am. 

Thompson Store continues to have Thrifty Tuesday's 10% off $25.00 & up excludes Meat Market Specials. 


Thompson Store Meat Market specials for June will be all Hormel Deli Markets, and Sliced Yellow or White American Cheese. Plan a spring picnic and come and see us first!

Ward's Grill will be seating for lunch on the Deck of the Back Alley Barn come and join us 11am to 3pm every Saturday: weather permitting.  


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

Just in time for summertime are $4.99 Daily Specials:


Tuesday  - Small chopped pork sandwich with choice of slaw, tea or coke.

Wednesday - Half BLT on Texas Toast with homestyle chips, tea or coke.

Thursday  - Bacon burger with homestyle chips, tea or coke.

Friday - 2 piglets with choice of slaw, tea or coke.


We have two new sandwiches on the menu:

*The Carolina Texan which is Pork and Beef brisket topped with caramelized onions and topped with cheddar cheese.

*The BBQ Melt is a small pork Sandwich topped with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese.


We carry 10 local beers on tap and have many seasonal blends also. 


Back on the menu for the summer is our wonderful Key Lime Pie and Jelly Jar Banana Pudding!



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   


Father's Day is Sunday, June 15 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.

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 Events for June

June 6, Friday:  Swing Dance!   5:30 PM  (Open till 10 PM)

"Learn to Swing in Saluda" -  Live Swing Band Krista Tortora Quartet and two Swing Dance instructors will be on hand.  Call Wildflour Bake Shop at 828-749-9224 to reserve pizza crusts and to give a "head count."  Free event but bring change for the tip-hat for the band.  


June 13,  Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM)  Open till 10 PM

Wines for Summer - Our traditional wine tasting night returns this week with wines for summer sipping and to pair with grilled foods. Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights during the summer.


June 20, Friday:  Wine or Cider Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Get Naked at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda! Yes - Naked! Join us as we welcome John Coker of Naked Apple Cider from Hendersonville, NC for a Cider Tasting during our Wine Tasting. 100% Local apples used to produce local hard cider.


June 27, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 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.


Meanwhile Summer Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:30  PM  Mon., Tues., Wed, Thurs., Sat. & Sunday

Open 10 AM till 10 PM Friday  for Wildflour Pizza Night

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


We now have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries on Monday and Tuesday. 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: 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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macon bank

Congratulations, Graduates!

Macon Bank would like to congratulate all the Saluda grads on their amazing accomplishment.  While it's been an arduous journey, it's only just the beginning.  No matter what path life takes you on, just remember Macon Bank is your community Bank and we are here for you.


As you move throughout your life, there are more milestones to come.  Most of them you can handle, but for the others, you may need a little help.  Macon Bank will be here to help you with getting a new car, opening a new checking account, or buying a new house.  We have solutions for almost all of your financial needs.


Stop by today and see Angie Blackwell and the rest of the staff at our Saluda Office at 108 East Main Street to find out about all the services we offer.


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




Get to know Random Arts...

Have you ever driven by Random Arts and wondered what we're all about or why all those cars are in the parking lot? If you have, then read on for the "inside" scoop!


Way back in 1995, we opened on Main St. as The Stamp Peddler, when stamping was all the rage. It was perfect because it was something that we loved to do and creating with stamps, inks and embellishments was fast, easy and fun. Somewhere along the way, more and more advanced "mixed media" techniques and products became associated with this and we found ourselves leaning heavily in that direction.  Although we still had a love for the stamping aspect in our shop, the entire stamping world began to change and many manufacturers here in the US closed their doors. Not too long after that, we became...Random Arts.


Now, you will find us happily settled in at the corner of Ozone and Louisiana not far from downtown Main Street. Our brightly colored orange and blue exterior will grab your attention as you motor by or wander into town.  We continue to offer creative workshops with instructors from US and Canada, as well as those from our own neighborhood in a variety of genres including watercoloring, sketching, acrylic painting, bookbinding, collage, assemblage, zen doodle, and more.


Because of the creative nature of our business  and the desire to "look" as creative as we are, we decided to add some boho chic and artsy women's clothing to the mix. To our surprise, that became an overnight success, and we have been changing it up, adding new clothing lines and bringing fun and funky accessories to complete your look.


Hats, handbags, shoes, Thymes fragrances, jewelry, scarves, and more, all make our store a delightful place to shop for gifts for you and your friends and family.  There's a constant flurry of activity here and you will always be greeted with a warm and happy smile. 

Gift packaging is our pleasure.


Look for our OPEN sign, stop in and see what we are all about. Please like us on Facebook or find us online.


We are open Thurs. Fri. and Sat. from 10-4...and will have extended hours June, July & August.  


Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone


Phone: 828-749-1165 

ruthSaluda Faces
La Faye Russell Chandler

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  


After being born and raised in Saluda, Faye left Saluda for only one and half years when she and her husband built a home in Madison County.  She has never left since. They raised four children in Saluda, and now grown two live in Saluda, one in Tuxedo, and one in Mooresville. 


Driving the school bus for 16 years, she was allowed to keep her children close by. A baby daughter slept in a banana box by her side and a young son at her elbow while picking up and delivering Saluda School children. Faye always worked in jobs in the school where she could keep an eye on the kids. She worked in the lunch room and as a teacher's aid during the day while working a night job at Saluda Yarn Mill.


After the kids were grown, she went to nursing school and worked at Autumn Care and then a private practice caring for the elderly.  Faye said she cared for some of the best people in Saluda such as Charlie Hearon, June Ashley, and Fred Phillips.


She has retired now so she can care for her husband. 


Faye was interviewed recently by the Oral History committee of the Historic Saluda organization. 


Thank you to the Saluda Historic Saluda for permission to use the interview with Faye Chandler for this issue of Saluda Lifestyles. 


La Faye Russell Chandler, who goes by Faye, tells the Historic Saluda Committee about growing up in Saluda. Her two big brothers would often get stuck babysitting her and that got in the way of their fun, especially when they wanted to go coon hunting. Listen to Faye describe how her brothers solved the babysitting dilemma, which collided with bootlegging one night long ago.

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This story by Faye Chandler is brought to us by the Saluda Historic Committee and is one of many oral histories that they are compiling to preserve Saluda's history.  Please visit to hear stories told by Saluda residents of when times were simpler and in some cases much harder than they are today. 

You can support the continuance of this important work that Historic Saluda is doing by purchasing the Oral History DVD,  Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda or the "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format.  These can be ordered online at or purchased at many businesses in downtown.

Conservation Corner: What do our children need, and what do they get?
By Betsy Burdett 

betsy This summer Alicia Henderson gave our 8-year-old granddaughter Emma two riding lessons on Emma's pony, That'll Do. Emma is a timid child, and she is not particularly horse crazy even though she does like being around the horses and helping out at the barn. These lessons with Alicia were basically walking and steering lessons, with the primary focus being on Emma's position and balance. It has been a long time since our sons were little, and I may have forgotten a few details, but it seemed to me that Emma is nowhere near as strong, balanced or agile as our boys were at that age, though she is an excellent little dancer and quite coordinated when it comes to using her fine motor skills. When I asked Alicia about it, her answer was that nearly all the young riders she sees these days have the same problem: they have well developed fine motor skills with very poorly developed gross motor skills. It certainly creates a challenge for young riders and their instructors.


Before writing this column, I spent some time reading parts of Richard Louv's book,  Last Child in the Woods. In his book Mr. Louv discusses the problems that we are now seeing in childhood development caused by modern culture's detachment from our natural world. He talks about a generation of "container children" who are moved from one controlled (air conditioned or heated) environment to another, in a car seat or stroller or other containment system designed for our child's safety. Emma is 8 years old and still has to ride in a car seat; it's the law. Children don't have "free (from adults) time". Can you remember just how much you learned walking to school every day? And did we complain because our legs got tired? Yes. And did we have a problem with our gross motor skills? No! And did we learn how to solve problems ourselves, so that we would not have to tell our parents? Yes. And did we melt if it started raining on the way home and we got wet? And do we remember our outside experiences now much more than what our favorite TV show at the time? Our children are being short changed.


We know that our children are spending too much time in front of the computer or TV, leading to obesity, depression, and all sorts of unforeseen developmental problems. Yet we keep on buying our children new gadgets from Ipods to fancy cell phones to laptops and MTV players. Why do we keep buying these things when we know deep down that our children need 'real' experiences, like what we learn being outside and being with real people, animals, and nature, rather than simulated electronic experiences? Is it the old "keeping up with the Jones" syndrome: whose kids have the latest gadgets? Or is it that we can't say "no" to our children?


I think that the answer must be that it's all about marketing. Marketing experts are very good at what they do. Since they know that we know that our children are turning into obese, sedentary zombies in front of a computer screen, they are now marketing nature itself so that we can buy nature and not have to go outside where it might be hot or humid or cold. We can buy butterflies under glass, or nature scenes with plastic covered pinecones. Technology has come so far that marketers can actually change the color that appears on a butterfly's wing. "There are countless possibilities for moving ads out of the virtual world and into the real one. Sponsorship-wise, it's time for nature to carry its own weight."


How does this statement set with you? To me, it's a sign that we've lost it as a society. Nature gives us water, air, sun, and life itself; yet now we're asking nature to support our materialistic culture. Maybe some day nature will take back its precious gifts, and life itself.

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

Tryon Writers Book Signings

Photo by Corey McNabb 
Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg will feature book signings and readings from three Tryon writers on Tuesday, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at 186 W. Main St., in the heart of downtown Spartanburg.




Lee Stockdale, Norman Powers, and Suki McMinn will represent Tryon,a small North Carolina town with a rich literary history which is still a welcoming home to many writers, as they offer their novels, Murder of Law, Lily's Game, and Drop Dead Gorgeous, to Hub City.


Stockdale, a former JAG colonel with a BA in English from the University of Washington, a member of Tryon Writers, and the 2013 Sidney Lanier Poetry Prize recipient, will present his novel, Murder of Law, and perform selected poems. It is not inconceivable he may also sing a song and play blues harp.


Norman Powers, a Massachusetts native and current Landrum resident, is a past recipient of the Hub City Writers Project's Hardegree Prize for creative non-fiction for his memoir, Building Stories. He will offer his latest novel, Lily's Game, at the Hub City event.


Suki McMinn, a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and Tryon Writers, grew up in Asheville and has an English degree from the University of Tennessee, but returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2011 after working as a model and commercial actor for nearly three decades in Los Angeles. McMinn will present her adult vampire romance, Drop Dead Gorgeous. 


After brief readings, all three Tryon writers will be available to sign their books.

Childhood in Saluda
Summer Girls in Saluda (Continued)
by Clark Thompson


In last month's article, I attempted to explain the significance that the girls of summer had on the local psyche of young males--as well as the females in Saluda--from the 1940s into the 1960s. For nine months of each year romantic relationships flourished between some local teenagers only to be disrupted by the influx of new young females. The more serious school-year relationships were in the minority, and most of my friends failed to establish anything more than casual friendships throughout their high school years. Thus dating was more of an occasional affair of convenience for special events or parties than for romance.


With the onset of summer, a number of those wintertime relationships suffered severe stress fractures that were caused by the male partners looking for new and more exciting adventures. Some were blatant with their wayward activities and made little effort to hide them from their local girlfriends. Most assumed that the temporary split in the relationship could be mended shortly after summer's end, and for the most part that assumption proved correct.


For other males, including me, who were not into local relationships, it was a time to freely seek out the enjoyment of one or more summer friends no matter how fleeting and limited in scope they were inclined to be. However, once again I must remind the reader of the protective measures surrounding these young ladies during their time in Saluda. The overriding focus of summer families was to allow just enough breathing room for their daughters to enjoy their visits. 


Working in Thompson's Store allowed me to keep an eye out for girls going to the soda fountain at Saluda Drug Store. Unfortunately, any attempt to sneak away from Lola Ward's watchful eye for even a few minutes required the ultimate in deceptions. For years she and husband Roy had to contend with various tactics used by young male employees who quite suddenly would disappear. For example, the opportunity to carry groceries to an elderly customer's car was one such ploy for my escape. Once out of the door, I would hustle like a freed cat to the soda fountain and check out the latest group of chicks. However, if I didn't return to the store within five minutes, Lola would send Charlie or Roy to find me.


Sometimes the girls could be spotted walking down Greenville Street, which provided a brief amount of time to plan my strategy as they made their way to the soda fountain. One tactic was to unilaterally decide it was time to restock the shelves with cases of canned goods that had to be hauled from upstairs storage. Depending on how many cases could be justified, this plot could buy a few anxious minutes at the fountain when astutely mixed with trips up and down the stairs. 


Occasionally, when the stars fell into perfect alignment, a few girls would wander into the store and browse around for one or two items which normally didn't take long. However, Lola usually handled the cash register which greatly limited any opportunity for verbal communications between these visitors and me. Likewise the need to help other customers or to load the truck with boxes of groceries destined for home delivery always seemed to come at the most inopportune times of the day. It was not unusual for these trips to consume most of the prime afternoon hours for girl watching.


My most severe social handicap was in not owning a car until I was almost 18 years of age. On rare occasions,, I might convince my sister to loan me use of hers, but trying to coordinate a date with the uncertainty of access to wheels made planning somewhat difficult. Usually that meant either spending as much time together as possible at the square dances or occasionally being hauled around by one of the girls in their family vehicle. Most had driver's licenses and were allowed by parents to use the car but only during daylight hours. Actually it was kind of cool having one or more chicks pull up in front of my house and toot the horn.          


My personal stories of infatuation involved two summer friends over a period of three seasons. Luckily for me, neither knew much about the other and for the most part they seemed to have staggered periods of visitation to the Saluda area. My very limited amount of social contact with each girl usually consisted of rocking or swinging on their family's front porch while every available window was open to detect any muffled conversation or inappropriate sounds. Then precisely at ten o'clock, the mother would appear to inform us of the terribly late hour and give a firm reminder that goodbyes should be very quick. I often suspected that the slightest hint of heavy breathing would have set off some type of passion alarm in the mother's radar ears as she lurked nearby.


One family found it beneficial to ship their daughter off to Europe on two summer occasions for extended cultural experiences, while the other family chose to send their daughter packing for only one summer. While I'm sure each family had several reasons for doing so, both girls confided in me that the primary purpose was to cool any smoldering embers having to do with summer romance and to allay fears that the gene pool might be exposed to contamination.


After the second summer mostly spent abroad, I received a handwritten letter from the first girl who lived in Spartanburg, in which she asked me to listen to one of the local radio stations between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Friday night because she had dedicated a song to me.  I suspect that she was not aware of the requirement in those days that local radio stations had to substantially reduce their transmitting power at sundown to make way for the more powerful signals from clear channel stations. The result was that the Spartanburg signal probably had trouble reaching its own suburbs, much less Saluda. In her subsequent and final letter, she identified the song title as "Two Different Worlds." This was her way of ending our mostly long distance friendship, even though we remained casual friends for several more years until she was safely married into a proper gene pool.


As for the second friend, I lost contact with her primarily as the result of her family's efforts to isolate us from each other and only saw her once more some years later. Ironically, it was at a Saturday night square dance where she insisted on dancing most sets with me while her bored husband sat with a despondent look on his face. She had obviously been freely partaking from a bottle and chose to share with me her extremely unhappy marital status. By the end of the evening she appeared to be even more inebriated than earlier. That final memory forever tarnished what had been a youthful relationship of more innocent times.


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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