Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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July 1, 2014
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
July 4th Celebrations
Small Town Main Street Updates
New Planters on Main St.
Saluda Tailgate Market
Top of the Grade Concerts
City Notes
Own a Piece of Saluda
Dining for Hospice
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Twin Lakes Family Swim
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Community Music Making
Camp Muddy Sneakers
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
51st Coon Dog Day
Coon Dog Day Royalty
Coon Dog Day Parking
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Business Association
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Childhood in Saluda
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 
Your Home Town Advantage    
Click on the pictures to link to
 Western NC MLS Listing
(links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)

NEW on the Market!

Private, secluded area for quiet living. Close to Saluda. 3 adjoining lots also available. 4BR, 2BA MLS#563855 $219,000


Little Cabin in the Woods 

Get away from it all in this cabin in the woods. Perched in a forest of hardwoods, enjoy privacy and quiet. Open floor plan with large window in great room, hardwood flooring and ceilings, and arched window for viewing the forest. Fireplace and vaulted ceiling complete the mountain setting. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#565038 $199,900


On the Green River 

Riverfront log home with an amazing 232 feet of frontage on the Green River. An open floor plan with chef's kitchen, cathedral ceiling, huge wood beams, & real rock fireplace, 2 BR, Loft BR, 2 BA, 1.08 Ac, MLS#564883 $212,000  


Private with Mountain Views  

Well built, and thoughtfully designed, one level home with open floor plan for ease of living and entertaining. Year round mountain views of NC Wildlife Gamelands are viewed from almost every room. Home features wood plank flooring, 11ft cathedral ceiling, fireplace, split bedroom plan, wrap around deck, screened porch and newly constructed sunroom. Landscaping and hardy plank siding make for easy maintenance. 3BR, 2BA MLS#563405 $235,000


Quality crafted solid mountain home located in walk-able downtown Saluda awaits a lucky buyer. Enjoy the open floor plan, cathedral ceiling, exposed wood beams, fireplace, private back yard, and rocking front porch. Basement has a 1/2 bath, large workshop, sauna room, storage room, game room, 2 BR, 2BA, MLS#563517  $187,000 



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 ˝ 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


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# 463961
Lot 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 .43 ac lot, $35,000 MLS#554607
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, Full view of lake, $125,000, MLS#534615
Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $135,000, MLS#510462
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed
$80,000, MLS#484526
Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145
Lake Adger 5.2 ac, MLS558600 $75,000
Lake Hosea, .34 ac MLS#558685 $25,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705

Saluda City Lots
.59 ac, $47,000, MLS#473131
.57ac, $35,000, MLS#533757
Piney Mountain
Piney Mountain, 2.94 ac, $41,500 MLS#549707
2.8 acres Piney Mountain, Views $45,000 MLS#560335
2.19 ac Piney Mountain, $44,000 MLS#556817

View Lots
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS#558806 $80,000
See all the way to the ocean! 3 ac, MLS#561322 $85,000

8.42 ac, close to Fish Top Access on the Green River, $69,900 MLS#557067
19 ac Green River Cove, river front, $104,500, MLS#559424
NEW! 5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
20.77 ac, bold creek, Waters of Camp Creek, $185,000, MLS#535104
1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $39,900
6.33 ac on Holbert Cove, adj to NC Gamelands, MLS#520721, $48,000
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
The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $45,000, MLS#454553
11 ac., private, wooded, $125,000, MLS#534045
9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693
5.84 ac, Little Warrior Estates, $69,000, MLS#454691
6.01 ac, pond, $125,000, MLS#543247
1.01 ac, Whites Lake, easy building site, $45,000, MLS#563106
2 ac, Winfield Cove, $40,000, MLS#545653
Miller Mountain 3 ac, MLS#560929 $39,000
.55 ac, MLS#563859 $20,000
.51 ac, MLS#563860 $19,500
.48 ac MLS#563861
Unrestricted 8.7 ac, MLS#562901

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 June 30, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     12            5               

Homes 2013     12            0      


Land 2014          4            2                  

Land 2013        11            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 3 properties  

Polk County - 8 properties  

Henderson County - 76   


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, July 1 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.


51st Annual Coon Dog Day & 5K Saturday, July 5. 


Saluda Community Land Trust

Monthly meeting 3pm, July 2 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, August 8 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


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


Saluda Garden Club will not meet in July. at  


Women's Club will not meet in July.  


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

The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 6:15pm on July 22 in the Saluda Community Library.


Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, July 28 at 6pm. 

Saluda Downtown Foundation
(formerly Small Town Main Street) meets Tuesday, August 5
at 4:30pm 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.
Happy Independence Day!

July 4 We wish all of our Saluda friends and family a safe and fun-filled holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.   


Cathy Jackson Realty office will be closed on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 so that we can celebrate the holiday and the Coon Dog Day reunion with our family and friends.  


Happy Holiday and Coon Dog Day!   


Amy Zollo, Greaton Sellers, Amy Wood, Cathy Jackson

Cathy Jackson Realty

Area Independence Day Celebrations

july 4

Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit website for directions. Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 5 and start at dark.  A Donation Bucket will be passed around and proceeds raised will go to the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department who will be supervising the fireworks.    


Fabulous Fourth on July 4 in Columbus from 10 to 10.  Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages!  Fireworks start at 9:45.  The 30th annual Fabulous 4th 100K Bike Tour is scheduled for Friday, July 4.  Sign in starts at 6am at Harmon Field in Tryon.  Pre-register online at


In Hendersonville

Annual Music On Main Street concert series Special 4th of July Celebration Concert featuring Tom Brown / One Man Band, Visitors Information Center - 201. S. Main St., 7:30PM-9:30PM, free.  Bring a Chair, No Pets, Alcoholic Beverages or Coolers Allowed; seating area opens after 5:30PM / early admission is prohibited, enjoy the concert and fireworks (at dusk) from the comfort of your chair, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Hendersonville, NC 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708. Click here for more information.    


Independence Day Fireworks Display

at dark, fireworks may be viewed from downtown Hendersonville and the south side of town near the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Hwy. 276, a large red balloon will be launched the morning of the 4th to signify visibility of the fireworks show, if you can see the balloon, you can see the fireworks from your location; 828-697-4884  Click here for more information.  

Coon Dog Day "Mason Jar"
Saluda Library Fundraiser

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.


After two years as Small Town Main Street (STMS) the organization will be making changes as it takes over the helms from Sherry Adams, program director for Small Town Main Street. The STMS will co-exist with the Saluda Business Association and the new name will be the Downtown Saluda Foundation. New by-laws and application for non-profit status for both organizations are being prepared with help from Judy Thompson. The next meeting will be on August 5 one hour before the Saluda Business Association's monthly meetings that occur the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm.


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


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.  

New Planters on Main Street

Members of the Small Town Main Street Design Committee and the Saluda Community Land Trust recently re-purposed old city planters to mark the crossover walk over the railroad tracks in downtown Saluda. The purpose of the planters is to provide a visual point for visitors to recognize that there is a safe walkway from Main Street to the parking lot over the railroad and to create more green areas in our downtown and beautify the streetscape.


Don Clapp and Susie Welsh, members of the STMS Design Committee, along with the skilled assistance of John Savage and Cindy Hemenway, all members of the Saluda Community Land Trust, cut the two old planters apart, creating four planters that were then moved to the railroad crossover.


We appreciate the support of the Polk County Appearance Committee, which provided funding for the materials to repurpose the planters and purchase the annual and perennial plants.   The planters were completed in time for the Saluda Arts Festival and received many compliments and appreciation for the marked safe pathway! We are grateful to the City of Saluda, Saluda Community Land Trust, Small Town Main Street and Polk County Appearance Committee for making this project a success.


Article submitted by Susie Welsh

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate Saluda Tailgate Market

Fridays 4:30-6:30

May 2-October 31, 2014


Grab your basket, put on your hat, and meet your friends and neighbors in the west end parking lot to support our local growers. Plan your week's menus around summer produce, eat fresh, support local, and enjoy community!  


We always say our market is a rain or shine event. However, there may be occasions when we will let vendors pack up if the weather is so severe that product and people are at risk of ruin. Driving rain and lightening have only closed us twice in 5 years.  


We are seeing more produce as the season progresses and Randy Case is coming with a beautiful truck full of early summer veggies. We should see berries in July, and we are expecting Mr. McGraw, the honey man. Come fill you baskets!


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, July 11 and July 25.   


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. 


On July 11, Sound Investment will perform oldies and beach music great for dancing or

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


Saluda native, Aaron Burdett Band will headline on July 25.  Aaron writes and performs Americana music blending folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues into a new sound that is original and comfortably familiar. He is a regular performer on the music scene in Saluda,  Asheville and Upstate SC areas.

Click here to read more and listen to Aaron's newest CD.


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

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
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.  

Update on Pace Park Development

The city has installed a sewer and water tap in Pace Park to prepare the area for the Blue Heritage Area sign and the pavers. Landscape Architect, Sandy Byers has donated his time putting together ideas for the park area and restrooms. This will continue to be updated as we move forward with development of the park. Retaining blocks have been installed on the driveway side of MA Pace's store. The first four blocks will serve as seating in the park. We are looking for some similar blocks that are not as wide that can be used on the other side of the park next to the brick wall. --Mayor, Fred Baisden  


Now is the time to purchase your paver as the infrastructure is being developed and the laying of pavers will begin. 

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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Own a Piece of Saluda - Silent Auction

Don Mobley of Botes & Stuff wants you to "own a piece of Saluda" by bidding in a silent auction for three stumps. These stumps are from the dead Norwegian Red Maples standing in front of Ward's Grill for over 30 years and could be crafted into beautiful furniture or accent pieces for your home. A "Letter of Authenticity" signed by Mayor, Fred Baisden, will  accompany each stump. Proceeds from the auction will go toward Pace Park development. The Silent Auction is Coon Dog Day, July 5 and will end at 5pm when the winner is announced. Botes & Stuff is located at 20 W Main Street and phone is 828-606-7042.

Dining for Hospice

From July 13 through July 19, you can make a donation to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills simply by eating.


Restaurants and cafés in Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Landrum, Inman, Campobello, Spartanburg, and Greer have signed on to the 3rd Annual "Dining Out for Hospice." Here's how it works: Restaurant owners choose a day when a percentage of all sales go to support hospice care at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. All you have to do is go out to eat at participating establishments on their designated days.


So eat with a purpose during Dining Out for Hospice week. Find your favorite participating restaurant nearby (Crust & Kettle, Green River BBQ, The Orchard Inn, The Purple Onion, Saluda Grade, Wildflour Bakery); or make a day of it, and explore an eatery in another town. 


To plan your dining out fun with family and friends, check out the HOCF partner restaurants and their participation dates in the "Let's Eat" section at To get more information about this event, contact Joanie Newman at 828.894.7000.

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 July 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., July 10 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


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


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

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

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


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

Thank yousclt everyone who came out to help with the Adopt-A-Highway program. Let's keep up with helping to make Saluda entrances more beautiful-and thank you for not littering!


Walks in the Woods

July 6-Cabins in the Cove

Come and see the last hand hewn log cabin built in Polk County on property preserved with a conservation easement. We'll visit the cabin, walk around the grounds and a moderate climb up the hill behind NC Gamelands, then have refreshments at another historic cabin on the same property. This will be a fun afternoon for children too!


July 20- Little Bradley Falls

2 miles out and back, a moderate to strenuous walk of 2 hours. Dog days relief and kids love it!

We will meet in the parking lot at the Saluda library at 2pm and carpool.  


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


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.


Kudzu work continues throughout Saluda as we try to get rid of that pesky pest. Workdays are Thursday from 8 AM till 10 AM (weather permitting), and we will use the month of July to review and work sites that have been worked in the past. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Come join us to find out how to get rid of kudzu in your yard and neighborhood.


Our next board meeting is on Wednesday July 2 at 3PM. We will be meeting at the Pavilion in McCreery Park and the public is invited.


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.   

Wednesday Family Swim Dates for Twin Lakes

Wilkes Saluda Lakes, commonly known as Twin Lakes, will be open for family swim on the following Wednesday afternoons from 12:00 - 4:00pm, throughout the summer:


July 2, 9, 30

August 6, 13, 20, 27

September 3


Swim at your own risk. Donations appreciated.   

sclt Twin Lakes is a conservation property of the Saluda Community Land Trust. For more information or to reserve it for a private function, please contact the land trust at 828- 749-1560 or email  

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

There will be no meeting in July. Please enjoy the 4th, Coon Dog Day and the rest of July with family and friends.   Details for the August meeting will be announced in Lifestyles.

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

There was a time in the not too distant past when recess at school meant going outside when weather permitted and having fun doing things like exploring a patch of clover hoping to find one with four leaves...or, maybe, discovering a nest of ants under a rock, scurrying away in all directions.


Then, later home for the day, perhaps to climb a tall tree to survey the world from a different perspective using a kid's native inquisitiveness to discover, to learn about and to appreciate nature.


But, too often, nowadays their free time is spent inside, using technological toys to the exclusion of discovering the wonders of their natural environment.


A meaningful experience and one to remember a lifetime-plant a tree, take care of it and watch it grow! There is so much a child can learn from trees and nature.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson   

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will not meet in July. 


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


Oral History Project Continues

The Historic Saluda Committee would like to thank Glenn Morgan for recently sharing his story with members of the Oral History Committee. Glenn spoke of his early days hot rodding around Saluda. He also spoke of the love and support he found in Saluda when he became a widower at a young age, with a small child. He and his current wife have been married 33 years and are glad to call Saluda home. Video coming soon!


New Oral Histories Uploaded to YouTube

Have you checked out the HSC YouTube page lately? Three full length interview have recently been uploaded:


Pearlie Mae Suber Harris: Pearlie Mae Suber Harris shared what it was like living in Saluda, NC in the 1930's to 1950's, prior to the Civil Rights Movement. As the daughter of a black Baptist Minister, she moved to Saluda as very young child when her father, Rev. Lester Samuel Suber, was called to preach at St. Matthews Baptist Church. Her fondest memory is of her father digging a pool and filling it full of water just to baptize her. At a very young age, she worked for the wealthy white families who had second homes in Saluda. However, she was paid a fair wage and at times was the family bread winner. In this video, Pearlie shares some shocking revelations of what it was like to be black and growing up in a small southern Appalachian mountain community. Click Here


R. Clark Thompson: Though Clark left Saluda as a young man and lives primarily in Pensacola, Florida, he was able to hold on to the family home place. Clark's parents were Mary Lillian Pack and Roy Alonzo Thompson, and his grandfather was Luther Thompson, who is recognized for building many of the fine old homes in Saluda, including Ryder Hall, which was the girl's dormitory for the Saluda Seminary. It is interesting to note that on the paternal side of the family, as far back as can be traced, all the Thompson men have been builders of some type. Clark is no exception, with his specialty being historic preservation of old properties. In 2010 he returned home to purchase the Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill, which had left the hands of the Thompson Family a few years prior. Clark was a cousin to this branch of the Thompson family and worked in the store as a teenager. It was only fitting that Clark was able to use his skills in property restoration to do a complete restoration of this historic property. Click Here


E. Cater Leland, Jr.: Cater talks about growing up in Saluda and places special emphasis on his father's life, Edwin (Ed) Leland. Sr., and their partnership in the operation of the Saluda Mountain Telephone Company. Ed Leland bought the telephone company for $800 from the Appalachian State Telephone Company in 1936, which consisted of sixteen crank phones and one magneto switchboard. Though Ed was the president of the company, he was also head lineman, installer, pole cutter and setter, chief repairman, bookkeeper and even served on occasion as operator. Under Ed's direction, the Saluda Mountain Telephone Company was the first in the region to switch over to the dial system. Cater Leland joined the company in 1968 after four years at Clemson and four more as captain in the Air Force. The Lelands ran the company for fifty-four years, or until 1990 when they sold it to Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. or TDS. Cater also talks about the Charlton Leland Inn, now the Saluda Inn, which was once owned and operated by his family. Both father and son served terms as Mayor of Saluda. Click Here


Trunk of Trouble! Learn how you can keep your family heirlooms safe.

Free Workshop in August. What do you have at home in that old trunk? Heather South from North Carolina's Western Regional Archives will present a program called Trunk of Trouble. Heather will discuss preservation basics for paper, photographs and books including proper handling and storage of these objects. Great resource handouts will be provided. Program attendees may bring ONE special item (paper, photo or book) to discuss its preservation with an expert. Mark your calendar now for Friday, August 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Saluda Public Library.


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 July 14, 2014 Saluda Board of Commissioners meeting.


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, August 8, 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 Yin Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30pm

Thursday 5:30pm

Friday 9:30am


Powerful (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga
Monday 8:00am

Friday 8:00am


Chair Exercise Classes

(More challenging than you think!)
Monday 9:30

  •  Classes are held in the studio, downstairs at the Saluda Center, and are for all ages and levels. Mats and props are available. Please come at least 5 minutes early.
  • Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Please call at least a few days in advance to schedule a session.
  • Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (828)749-3794.
 Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 
Make a Joyful Noise...
Free Community Music Making for All Ages

Come experience the joy of making music with your friends and neighbors, every Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the old church on Irving Street in Saluda (past the tailgate market lot and up the gravel road). This new weekly gathering is free and fun for everyone, from ages zero to 100!


Bring your voice and any instruments you want. You will receive a CD of some tunes that we will learn together this summer, just for the joy of raising our voices up! Whether you're a little bit country or rock 'n roll, an African drummer, a capella singer or lullaby crooner, there's something for everyone! Please join us and participate in any way you like. You can lead, follow or just take it all in together in this historic space.


Special thanks to Betsy Burdett, who is restoring the old church to preserve Saluda's African American heritage.  She is allowing us to use this space for free and her vision of people singing together is the inspiration for this gathering. 


Call Dori Ray at 828-808-8334 to learn more or just show up on Sunday!   


Photos by Mark Schemerling 

Camp Muddy Sneakers is Coming to Saluda

Join our team of trained naturalists as we go on an adventure this summer. Through hands-on, experiential instruction, campers will gain a deep understanding of the natural world and have the opportunity to explore the peaks, creeks, and wild woodlands that make western NC so magical.


Camp Muddy Sneakers is a co-ed day camp for rising 4th-7th grade students focused on inspiring curiosity, connecting children with nature, staying active, and cultivating a sense of stewardship. Campers will learn about the ecosystems and natural history of the area while exploring protected lands around the community. Each session will maintain a small group setting with low camper to instructor ratios.


Saluda's camp session will take place August 11- 15. To register, please visit or call Camp Co-Director Lindsay Green: (828) 862-5560. We will have a drop off (8:30) and pick up (4:30) at Saluda Elementary. Then we will spend each day exploring publicly or privately protected land around the community going to a different location each day.


Camp Muddy Sneakers is collaboration between Muddy Sneakers ( and the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
School's Out!
Happy Summer!


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


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


  Kids Summer Reading Program events at both libraries in July:


Tuesday, July 1 : Nature Hike & Program
10am: Main Library in Columbus
Pacolet Area Conservancy will lead a nature hike on the trails behind the library! Following the hike, we'll examine bird specimens and nature artifacts.


Tuesday, July 8: Sea Link: Reptiles
11am: Main Library in Columbus

1pm: Saluda Community Library
Team ECCO will bring several species of turtles and lizards for an interactive information session! They will also teach us about turtle anatomy and conservation.


Tuesday, July 15: Fizz, Boom, Science
10am: Main Library in Columbus

2pm: Saluda Community Library
Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunson from Hands On will engage participants in hands-on science demonstrations and experiments that fizz, boom, pop, and more!


Tuesday, July 22: Fizz Boom Reading Explosion
6pm: Main Library in Columbus
Professor Whizzpop will introduce readers to some of literature's more eccentric figures: mad scientists and crackpot inventors. During the magic show, we'll recycle gumballs a la Willy Wonka, make a monster with Dr. Frankenstein, and reinvent the light bulb with Edison!


Tuesday, July 29: Sub-Zero Effect
10am: Main Library in Columbus
KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum will show us how science can be cool... Really cool, about 322 degrees below zero Fahrenheit cool! Using liquid nitrogen, we'll shatter a ball, make an explosion, and examine the three states of matter.


Other events (at the Main Library in Columbus):


Drum Circle - July 10 & 24

Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome! The drum circle is on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm.


Teen Night - July 17

We will discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak at 4pm and watch the film version of the book at 5pm. Teen Night is on the third Thursday of every month.




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

On Sunday, July 6, at 10:30 am, The Church of the Transfiguration will celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence with a Festival Holy Eucharist. The prelude, beginning at 10:20 am, will be Musick of the Fife and Drum-Revolutionary War tunes compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The fife and drums will join the organ to enhance our many patriotic hymns as well as Gustav Holst's I Vow to Thee, My Country, which will be sung by the choir. The conclusion of the service will feature the organ and instruments in E. Power Biggs' arrangement of John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.

Please join us for our Sunday after Independence Day festivities. The Church is located at 72 Charles Street in Saluda. For more information call the church at (828) 749-9740.
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

Space for Lease.  Historic Depot building space available beginning August 1. The monthly lease rate for a two year lease will be $900/month vs $1,000/month for a one year lease. Tenant pays power bill and $35/month for prorated water, sewer & garbage pick up.  For more information, please contact Cathy Jackson Realty at 828-817-2876 or


Saluda Pet Sitter.  Three years experience, responsible, references available. Will come to your home up to three times a day, feed, exercise and general care of your pet. Experience in dogs, cats, and even goats! Call Lance at  828-749-3643.

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.

A celebration of life for Richard (Dick) Hunt Wyckoff, Jr., who died April 8, 2014 will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11 in the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda,

Richard Prange, 88, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014. He wife, Ethel and daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Angelo Zollo live in Saluda.

Ellen Louise Conner, 65, of Holberts Cove Road, Saluda, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at her home.


Dr. Herman Walker Nodine, 85, of Rutherfordton, NC passed away, Tuesday morning, June 17, 2014. He was author of Sights and sounds in Saluda: A collection of history and humor about people, places, and things in Saluda, North Carolina and wrote stories about Saluda frequently for the Saluda Signal for many years.

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. 


Summer Days Drifting Away

As June slips away and we wonder where the summer is going, it's time to slow down and enjoy all that a Saluda summer can offer. Coon Dog Day on July 5 unofficially starts summer in Saluda as the town fills with summer folks, day trippers, outdoor adventurists, and dog lovers, all coming to enjoy cool mountain breezes, hiking, tubing or kayaking down a cool slow river, bicycling a mountain road, or just bench sitting on Main Street. They come to listen to music, eat at delicious restaurants, shop unique boutiques, and enjoy a stay in a mountain cabin or B&B.


Since the 19th century, Saluda has been a respite for many to escape the heat of the low country and "summer folks" have long enjoyed summers in Saluda. This tradition continues today as full time residents enjoy the energy of the new arrivals as they open their homes, listening to the squeaks of a rusty rocker on a front porch whiling away an afternoon and sounds of ice swishing around in a glass of sweet tea.


Slow down, it's summer!

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in July



Summer's in full swing here at the Onion with an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables coming from the kitchen, terrific live music, Sunday brunch and breezy summer evenings  on the patio. We added a few new summer items to the menu last week to take advantage of summer's bounty from local farmers, including dishes featuring okra, broccoli, kale,  summer squash and tomatoes. Wild salmon and Heritage Farms pork chops are also back. Visit the website or facebook for updates.



Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 3:00

5:00 - 9:00

Sunday Brunch

11:00 - 3:00

Open on the 4th of July

Coon Dog Day Hours

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Closed Sunday, July 6


Sunday, July 6 is a little beyond the midway point of 137 consecutive days of being open, and given that it falls the day after Coon Dog Day, we thought it would be a good day for all of us to stay home and rest up for the final stretch of summer.

Live Music in July  

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


July 3 - Scoot Pittman

Scoot returns with one of his high-energy performances which means that you will want to be involved, too.



If you have never been to Saluda's Coon Dog Day, you should correct that by being here. There is a parade and lots of music, so much so, that we will not have any music at the café. See you then.


July 10 -Michael Reno Harrell

"Michael Reno Harrell is one of those natural born Southern Musicians and storytellers who is filled with wit, charm and surprises. Whether the story is in song or narrative, Michael will draw you in and entertain you, all the while making you feel right at home." David Holt, 4-time Grammy Winner


July 12  - Peggy Ratusz

Fabulous performer from Asheville who can sing it all, including Blues, Jazz, Soul & R&B


July 17 -  Mare Wakefield

"A little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk a la Patty Griffin. Lovely voice and even lovelier songs."

~  New York Times


July 19 - Calvin Edwards Trio

We welcome this international jazz guitarist and his trio to the café for their first appearance.


July 24 -  Phil & Gaye Johnson

We are always happy to have this local Green Creek treasure return with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music.


July 26 -  Gigi Dover & Big Love

These old friends' live shows move effortlessly from high-energy to low-swampy grooves and back again.


July 31 -  Jay Brown

Jay returns with his one-man-band performing songs from across the musical spectrum


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 


July 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.


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! 

 Our June 21, "first day of summer party" was so much fun! Everyone joined in making music; Steve, Dorrie, Katrina on guitar, Gina on mandolin, Jim and Melody on harmonica, Mark and Peter on drums and the rest of us filled in with miscellaneous percussion.


Can it really be July already? July 4th celebrations, Coon Dog Day, summer fun; come on over to our backyard; cold beer, live music, baseball on the big screen and good people await you!


We will open at noon on Coon Dog Day so come on in to cool off with a crisp cold beer or cider.


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


Dancer's Extension dancersextensionJoin us for Dance Camp!  We are offering two sessions:  ages 3-6 the week of July 28-August 1 and ages 7-10 the week of August 4-8.  Camps meet from 9AM-12Noon each day with an Impromptu Performance in the studio on Friday at 11:30AM.  Learn basic dance positions and steps!  Create your own group dance story!  Build backdrops and props for your show!  Enjoy stories, crafts and snacks each day!  Register early as space is limited.


We are also accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 academic year.  We offer professional instruction in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and pointe to ages three through high school.  Adult classes are also available!  Contact the studio to register.


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, Saluda artist, will participate in this year's Cashiers Plein Air Festival, in Cashiers, N.C., from Sunday, July 13 -Saturday, July 19.


The 25 selected artists will paint in and around the Cashiers and Highlands area. The festival will begin with a Welcome Party at the Village Green Commons on the 13th and conclude on Saturday with two time Grammy nominee, Jeff Sipe Trio.   

The elegant Palette to Palate Affair will take place on Thursday night, July 17, at the Village Green Commons, where the awards to the winning artists will be presented.


This year's judge is award winning Kansas artist, Kim Casebeer.


Jim's next workshop in Saluda is Oct 23-25.

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

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

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

chicken house The Old Chicken House  

When visitors come in to visit the Old Chicken House, we're frequently asked, "what was this building used for when it was first constructed?"


And, "was there a time when a famous illustrator and photographer lived and worked in the building?"


Also, "was there a time when many artists/crafters from other parts of the country found studio space to pursue their talents here in the Old Chicken House-even from another country?"


"Was there a time when artists/crafters found in the Old Chicken House, a wonderful, magical place where rent was affordable and amenities were many?" The answer to this question is, "There may be a space for you even now and the answer to all questions is 'yes'."


Come visit the Old Chicken House and we'll answer other questions you may have about our history and about future projects we may be planning. Visit our "Hen's Nest"-an indoor yard sale where you can find unusual and exotic items you wouldn't expect.


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


Contra Dancing in July - Cool Off with Contra on July 12. 

Come to the Party and Event Place and enjoy the air-conditioning while you dance!


We are still the second Saturday of the month, but we are starting a half hour later during the summer season, so lessons are at 7:30PM with dancing from 8:00-10:30PM.


Our July caller is 13 year old Cari Huffman who is becoming a hit on the Contra circuit. Music is by the all women Battle Axe Band with Lucy Allen on guitar, Amy Buckingham on fiddle, guitar and vocals, Brooke Lauer on banjo, fiddle, and dancing and Nancy Hamilton on bass and vocals. They are promising some new tunes and new skills for our July 12 dance!


Adult admission is $9; $5 under18 with student ID.


If you need directions, please visit   


For more information or to sign up for our email list, please visit See Blue Ridge Contra on FaceBook and for a sample dance visit Gallery.  


Bill Jameson Juries 2014 South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibit 
 Award winning and nationally recognized artist Bill Jameson will be the judge and juror of the 37th annual Exhibition of the South Carolina Watermedia Society at the Anderson Arts Center. He is also teaching a workshop in conjunction with the Exhibit entitled "Working Large without Fear."  


Colorado and Bill Jameson:  What could be Better? September 1-5, 2014

High Country

Spring12 x 16 oil on panel 


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 painting the incredible Boulder Colorado landscapes.


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. 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! To enroll in this or any other workshop, please contact Bill at 828-749-3101 or visit his web site at 
51st Annual Coon Dog Day

The small town of Saluda will explode with people on July 5, 2014 for the 51st annual Coon Dog Day... a day for dogs and their people!


Special Events

8:00 AM...Coon Dog Day 5K Race- Click here to pre-reg jump start your day of festivities! Registration begins at 6:30 and ends at 7:30 at the Party Place & Event Center. Spectators can see the ambitious participants run downtown shortly after the race begins at 8:00, so cheer them on!

6:30 AM- 10:30 AM.... Benefit Breakfast at the Saluda Masonic Lodge. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage or bacon, biscuits, and gravy for only $6 per plate-and for a good cause! Mmmm- delicious!


All Day- check out the information tent in front of City Hall for festival merchandise: raffle tickets for a trip with The Gorge or Green River Adventures, Coon Dog Day souvenir cups, 5K performance tees, doggie bandanas, and festival information can be found here.


CDD Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field

1:00 PM...Bench Show ($15 entry fee)

3:00 PM...Treeing Contest ($5 entry fee)

8:00 PM... Annual Night Hunt ($20 entry fee)

Coon Dog Events are sponsored by the Central Carolina Benefit Coon Club


On Stage Entertainment & Parade 

8:30-9:45 AM...James Metcalf & Colt Creek- CDD2011 Saluda's own gospel bluegrass tradition

9:4S-10:15 AM...Coon Dog Day 5K Race Awards Ceremony-recognizing the ambitious!

10:15-10:45 AM...The Dancer's Extension will dazzle us with a special performance

CDD2011 11:00-12:30 AM .... the annual Coon Dog Day Parade- with Master of Ceremonies Hop Foster. Enjoy our own homegrown, anything goes version of parades--you've seen nothing like it!

12:30-2:00 PM ... Life Size-Three songwriters with an affinity for harmonies make up the band Life Size - a fun loving pop/rock trio from Salisbury, NC.

2:20-3:20 PM...Theater of the Mind- an electrifying new band with elements of hard rock and progressive metal that features a blend of original and classic rock music.

3:40-5:20 PM...Folsom Prison Gang-A stellar musical tribute to the Man in Black with non-stop delivery of crowd recognizable favorites.

5:40--7:40 PM...Ryan Perry Band- The 99.9 Kiss Country House Band, Ryan Perry Band, can be described as "country with an edge." These guys step on stage and the energy follows--they'll leave you begging for more!

8:00-11:00 PM...Lonesome Road Band leads us into the night with the sounds for our annual Night Square Dance. Street Dance with square dances called by local Archie Hardy-grab a partner!


Thanks to all of the Coon Dog Day Sponsors:

The Gorge/Green River Adventures, Macon Bank, Green River BBQ, Green River Brew Depot, Saluda Mountain Lodge, Polk County Sheriff's Department, Thomas Shepherd & Son, Triangle Stop Food Stores, A. Bailey Nager, Attorney at Law, Johnson's Lawn Landscaping, and Republic Services.


A few vendor applications may still be available for food and craft vendors for Coon Dog Day. 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.  

Parking and shuttle service to and from downtown for 10$ per vehicle will be provided at the Party Place & Event Center off Ozone.

Coon Dog Day Royalty

King & Queen entries must be 14-18 years old

Prince & Princess entries must be 8-13 years old

Junior Prince & Junior Princess entries must be 4-7 years old

Baby Prince & Baby Princess entries must be birth to 3 years old

**All entries must fall in the appropriate age category as of July 5, 2014**

*Winners in each category will receive a trophy, crown, and sash to display as they ride in the Coon Dog Day parade!


All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty contest may contact Tammy Frisbee @828-749-9370,  Tangie Ciarvolo @828-777-9158, or Monica Pace at City Hall 828-749-2581 or email for more information, contest rules, and to pre-register a contestant.


Steps to becoming part of Saluda's next Coon Dog Day Royalty court:

Pre-register with Tammy Frisbee @828-749-9774, Tangie Ciarvolo @828-777-9158 or 828-749-1514, or Monica Pace at City Hall @ 828-749-2581 or via email at

Include the following information for your registration: Name, Age you will be on July 5, 2014, Parent's names, address, and contact number.

*** All contestants MUST be residents of the Saluda Community!***

A current photo of contestant to be used on a poster at City Hall which will include all contestants in the running.


Place donation jars with contestants name, age, picture, and title for which they are in the running (Coon Dog Day Queen, Coon Dog Day Baby Prince, etc.). Donation jars can be placed in any area businesses with the business owner's permission and in City Hall.


Encourage your friends and family to vote for you! 1 vote will go to you for every penny collected in your jars, and the person with the most votes in each category will be crowned Coon Dog Day Royalty.

Collect all your jars and turn each of them in to Monica at City Hall NO LATER than 4:00 PM on Tuesday July 1, 2014.

Jars will be combined and counted for each contestant, and winners will be notified by phone on Wednesday, July 3 no later than 4:00 PM. Each winner is responsible for their own Parade transportation. Get creative- you can build your own float, decorate a car, ride in an antique automobile, or a new convertible. Be sure to make plenty of posters to let people know you are royalty! Winners will receive a crown, sash, and trophy to display proudly during the parade.

All proceeds from the royalty competition will go towards making our 51st annual Coon Dog Day festival the best it can be by helping to provide high quality local entertainment, shuttle transportation, and awards for the royalty winners.

Convenient Coon Dog Parking

You can park close to the action and then have an easy way to get out of the traffic when you leave!


Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church on Charles St (off Henderson Street, one street behind Main Street) is offering all day parking for only $5! We only have about 30 spots left so get your tickets now by emailing Charlie Nabers at You can also call Mary Ann Hester (864-325-9292) or email


Make it easy on yourself by not fighting the least in your car! All proceeds go toward Outreach Ministry for the church.

Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.     


Click here to read Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses.

Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares   

Jason & Melisa Smith's Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares Grand Opening is scheduled for July 4, 2014 at 101 E Main Street across from the Post Office. The Smith Clan has decided to bring back a piece of Saluda's history by bringing historically known minerals and gems to the eyes of those who are into gemology and mineralogy. The Wicks and Wares store carries locally made items, and Melisa will be making eclectic soy candles. Chemical free goat soap line has many fragrances and sizes of bars from which to choose.


Located at 101 E Main Street, 828-691-9720Like us on Facebook 



Artist, Tim Bauer is re-painting the mural on the old Whistle Stop building now opening as Saluda Gem Mine. There were so many Saludians who wished that the mural of downtown Saluda in the 30's was never painted over, that the building's proprietors tracked Tim down. He is now working in Asheville. Tim says that the mural will be mostly the same depiction of Saluda in the 30's when the Princess Theater was in operation. The train coming up the grade will be a little more prominent. If you would like to contact Tim about his work, you can reach him at



Thank you, Saluda for making my first month a success. Many of you have come in and it was my pleasure getting to know you. Thanks to this successful beginning, I am happy to announce that Vogue Salon is now offering full time operating hours. Starting July 1, 2014  Tuesday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-2.


Amanda Parris has joined me at Vogue Salon. She has been styling since 2007 and has worked with Aveda for most of her career. Her extensive background and staggering amount of education has quickly led her to success. Amanda loves to connect with people and make them feel special. She especially enjoys a curly hair challenge and loves an opportunity to perform a complex color service, although she loves blowouts, layer cuts and updos, too. When she's not at work, Amanda can be found attending continuing education classes, spending time with family, playing with her hound dog, or sewing cloth dolls.


You will find Amanda at Vogue Salon Tuesday-Friday 9:00-6:00 and Saturday 9:00-2:00. Walk-ins are welcome. Looking forward to meeting you.

Amy Cartee


Please make appointments by calling  828-674-8166. Hours are Wednesday - Fridays 11-7. Vogue Salon is located at 31 Pearson Falls Road behind Wildflour Bakery.


Summer House Closing

After more than 17 years in Saluda, Summer House will close this month. Proprietor, Pam Garber says she has been in the retail business for 30 years, and it's time to get out and enjoy the rest of the world. She plans to travel and enjoy more time with her family. She is having a "closing sale" this month with fabulous buys on whimsical gift items, house hold accessories, baby, wedding, and birthday gifts, bed and bath soaps, lotions and sprays, and great greeting cards. Her inventory will be gone after the first three weeks in July so you need to shop now. If you are interested in leasing the space, please contact Cathy Jackson, Cathy Jackson Realty at 828-817-2876.  Located at 32 W Main St, (828) 749-1499.


saluda truck stop Saluda Family Restaurant, located beside the Saluda Truck Stop BP Station, will open soon under new management.  Good home cooking and "country food" will be available seven days a week with breakfast served all day. Short orders, sandwiches and homemade desserts will be available.


Managed by Margaret Pace Cagle and her family crew.  Hours M-F 6am to 10pm, Sat. & Sun. 6 am to 2pm.  "Ya'll come!"




Happy 4th of July, and a fun filled Coon Dog day to all - from the Dressing Room etc!

It's hard to believe that we are approaching the second half of the year. After recently returning from the Atlanta Apparel Mart, I am happy to say that the Fall and Winter collections will begin to arrive at the Dressing Room at the end of July and will continue throughout the month of October. 

Space will be needed for the arriving apparel, so I am having my first sale which will begin on Coon Dog Day and continue throughout the following week. 


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


Looking forward, Irmy



The Oaks Bed and Breakfast

The following is a testimonial submitted by a recent guest of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast from June 2014:

My long-suffering wife, Lisa, and I rarely take real vacations. Oh, we went to the Bahamas for a few days once, and a trip to New England when our daughters were still at home. But, generally, we don't vacation. But last weekend we did have a getaway to celebrate the last day of students for Lisa since she teaches 9th graders all day. If anyone deserves a getaway, it is she.


A few weeks ago I booked a weekend at a bed and breakfast in Saluda, North Carolina, not far from where we live in Greenville County, near the North Carolina line. Saluda is an artsy village situated well up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There's a winding road up the mountainside and then you're on Main Street with a string of shops, restaurants, and an array of art dealers. The village is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting with a wide variety of local characters, outstanding and varied art and antique shops, and mountains all around.


We chose well when we booked at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast. The house is a restored Victorian mansion built in the late 1800's with all the charm and distinctive features of the period. The owners, Dale and Donna Potruski have created an elegant place to stay, surrounded by enormous oak trees. The wraparound front porch is an excellent place to have morning coffee, read a book, or have a conversation with other guests. Breakfast is a gourmet delight served with flair and flavor under a chandelier. There is privacy, peace and quiet, and several lovely places to relax outdoors.


[Innkeeper] Dale is a sincere, delightful, witty, and charming host who does everything he can to make you feel at home. He knows the village and people of Saluda, and he can direct you to a wide variety of places and events close by.


I don't often recommend much. I do remember recommending that people should vote for Alf Landon for President, come to think of it. But I can highly recommend, without reservation, Dale and Donna Potruski and The Oaks Bed & Breakfast. So, if you're in western North Carolina or the Upstate of South Carolina, you'd be wise to drop in for a day or a few at The Oaks in Saluda. Give their website a look, then book. You can find them at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast (


By the way, I did not get paid for this blog. Dale doesn't even know I'm doing it. Also, I can assure you that Lisa and I will return to Saluda, and if we're staying overnight or longer, we'll return to The Oaks. John Carenen.


See what everybody's talking about! The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, call 828-749-2000, or visit


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early morning The Orchard Inn

Our hilltop oasis is the perfect place to chill out and relax after a hot summer's day taking in all the wonderful things available in our charming town of Saluda. Situated at a gentle elevation of 2500 feet and a part of the Isothermal Belt - it's cool and comfortable 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 the Sunday tradition and experience it for yourself!


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. 


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.


Ward's Grill, serving the best of fresh ground hand patty burgers daily with your favorite side: homemade chili, slaw, potato salad and cornbread salad. Try our monster burger or the Charlie Burger- ˝ burger & ˝ sausage.

Come by for breakfast or lunch Monday through Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for the best food in town.


Thompson's Store, featuring fresh meats and a variety of cheese in our meat market. Check out our Hormel all natural deli meats, fresh ground chuck 80% lean, black angus steaks. Our cheese selection is a variety of white and sharp cheddar, along with fresh mozzarella balls, parmesan, havarti, gouda, cotswold, St. Andre triple cream and 3 types of bleu cheese, also Goat Lady Dairy Cheese: fig and honey, orange, roasted red pepper, horseradish, and plain Chevre log. Make sure you pick up Lusty Monk Mustard with 3 varieties. We are now carrying "Roots & Branches Artisan Crackers" made in Asheville, NC. We have a wide variety of fresh produce from the farmer's market and the best Scalafani items for all your Italian dishes. In the freezer, check out the pasta & provisions items and the frozen salmon, tuna and beefalo. Also frozen complete dinners to take home, thaw and reheat. Remember Thrifty Tuesday's 10% off $25.00 purchase and up, excludes meat market specials.


Special Dates at the Back Alley Barn              

July 4-6pm to 9pm - music with "The Time Machine"-featuring Saluda's Bevie Walker and Rick Gundersen. Enjoy music, food & beverages

Purchase a BBQ, Chips and Drink For $10.00

July 18- 6pm to 9pm - Jazz with Darryl Olivier


Special dates at Ward's Grill

July 3-4pmto 6pm - Beer tasting with Allen from Empire. Come by and taste hard cider made in Henderson County

July 24-7am to 10am - Free Veteran's Breakfast. We wish to honor our veteran's monthly-thank you for serving our country.


Coon Dog Day t-shirts are here! We have extra small to 3x sizes. Come in for your 51st offical shirt. We offer Coon Dog caps, visors, and the book "Adventures Of Rattle & Friends" for all ages.


Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you at Thompson's Store, Ward's Grill or the Back Alley Barn.


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

$4.99 Daily Specials:


Tuesday - small chopped pork sandwich with choice of slaw and tea or coke

Wednesday - half bacon, lettuce and tomato on Texas toast with homestyle potato chips, tea or coke

Thursday - bacon burger with home style fries tea or coke

Friday - 2 Piglets choice of slaw and tea or coke


We have plenty of local drafts with quite a few summer seasonal favorites that are thirst quenching when it's hot outside. 


Coon Dog Day special lunch menu will keep the flow going so everyone can get fed and watered! We go back to our regular menu between 3-4pm. 


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   


All the Wildflours are doing their best to have plenty of bread, cookies, stickie buns, scones, pies and more ready for everyone's orders this week.  We know you are here with your friends, families and summer neighbors to enjoy Saluda.  Don't cook - just call Wildflour 828-749-3356 and get your order in today!


YES! YES! YES!  Molly will be here baking pizza on Friday, July 4th from 5pm to 8pm.  Be sure and wish her a Happy Birthday that night...kind of explains the "firecracker" in her.  Our Meanwhile Wine & Beer neighbor will be offering wine all day by the glass, so pick out your favorite and bring it on over to enjoy with your lunch or pizza.


We will be open 8 am - 3pm on Saturday, July 5th.  You can escape the heat in our air conditioned dining room and enjoy a crisp, freshly made salad or sandwich. 

The Meanwhile Beer and Wine folks will have cold beer and wine by the glass available outside under their tents with some extra seating for shade (or to stay dry during an afternoon shower).


Come and discover the magic of Friday nights at Wildflour Bakery and Meanwhile Beer and Wine.  Start with a wine tasting at the Meanwhile Shop (available 5pm - 7pm every Friday all month), then order a pizza to go from Wildflour or grab a table (inside, outside, patio, porch, parking lot or at the wine shop) and join some very wonderful folks for good food, good wine & beer, and a very good time.


Our October Art Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard is set for Saturday, October 4th.  We have a few more spots available for $20.00.  This is a great opportunity for local artists to make some early Christmas sales.  Reserve a booth space 828-749-9224.


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  Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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Meanwhile Events for July

* Coming Soon: Meanwhile's August Anniversary Celebrations!  

Events and Sales every day in August!*


July 4th, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Join us on July 4th for a wine tasting during pizza night at Wildflour Bake Shop. Wine by the glass and craft beers available all day. We now have Pasture Raised Pork from Sandy Plains Farm - perfect for holiday grilling. We also now have Sunburst Trout Farm's Smoked Trout Dips...perfect on Wildflour Toasts to serve guests in town for Coon Day Week or for a quick elegant supper.


July 5th, Coon Dog Day! Open 8:00 AM till 10 PM

Wine by the glass & Craft Beers all day. Visit us in front of Wildflour Bake Shop, enjoy pastries, sandwiches and more goodies while sitting out front to enjoy the parade or meet your friends.


July 11, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights during the summer. Pick up a Wildflour Pizza to take to the park or meet your friends & eat here.


July 18, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Wine Tasting every Friday night from 5 - 7 PM. Visit the Saluda Tailgate Market (4:30-6:30) then enjoy Tasting a new wine while meeting friends & family at Wildflour Bake Shop for supper.


July 25, Friday: Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights during the summer.


Meanwhile Summer Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:30  PM  Every day and open late on Friday

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: Sandy Plains Farm Pasture Raised Pork (chops, roasts, ham, sausage & more), Sunburst Trout Farms (Smoked Trout Dip, Smoked Fillets, Trout Sausage & more), new flavors of Ice Cream and Sorbet from The Hop and wonderful new soaps from Mother & Son Soaps made right here in Saluda!


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


Stop spending time indoors and get outside!

Now that summer is here, don't waste your time waiting in line, especially at the bank. It's easier and more convenient to get the benefits of going to your local branch, right from home.


Our Mobile Banking allows you to check balances, transfer money between accounts, and pay bills on the go. It now has the Mobile Capture feature, which allows you to deposit checks simply by taking their picture. Just call our Telephone Service center at 828-524-7000, option 5 to activate this feature.


Macon Bank has recently rolled out a new online mortgage platform. This platform allows you to check rates, calculate payments, and even apply for pre-approval or residential mortgage loans. This safe and secure process allows you to do all this and more from the comfort of your home.


Macon Bank is also making it easier to open accounts with us. You will soon have the ability to open checking and savings accounts, CDs, and HSA's from our website.*


Sometimes traditional banking doesn't fit in with your plans. If you need more banking flexibility, maybe it's time to give Macon Bank a try. Come by and see us at 108 East Main Street today for more information on all the services we offer. We appreciate your business.


*Certain restrictions may apply. Contact your local branch or the Telephone Service Center at 800.438.2265, Option 5 for more details.


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,




Random Arts Summer SALE is now in progress!

Find one of a kind trendy fashion pieces reduced 50% on our sale rack. Included are tunics, dresses, leggings, blouses, jackets, t-shirts and more. Hurry in for the best choices!


As happy customers find these great sale items, new clothing fills our racks, along with cutting edge designs in age appropriate styles.  Bright orange, citrus, lime, and the fabulous & popular stripes and of course, black and white.


Still available are Bernie Mev comfy sandals in full stock sizes, as well as the newest Coobie Bras for long lasting comfort. The lace edge provides the perfect under piece for summer.


Looking for Thymes fragrances? You will find them here and these are perfect for hostess gifts and "cercies." It will be our pleasure to package them "prettily" for you.


For the artist in you... we have just announced several new instructors for 2015 including Gillian Lee Smith from Scotland. Smaller, 2 hour, less intense workshops are offered on a regular basis

throughout July, so be sure to " pop in" from time to time to pick up a schedule or just go to  


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 

Saluda Business Association
New Membership Year

sba If you aren't a member of the SBA, then this is a chance to become a member and take advantage of all the opportunities to promote your business.  Deadline for membership is July 31, 2014. For more information, please contact Marianne Blazer at 828-749-5471, email, or Catherine Ross at


"This is a one of the best times ever to join an active organization that promotes the best of Saluda's culture, outdoors, and heritage.  With the new Tryon Resort/International Equestrian Center just down the road, Saluda businesses will have an opportunity to attract the many tourists and travelers who will be looking for places to eat, shop, and stay while in the area," says Sara Bell, president of the Saluda Business Association.


"Being a member of SBA has given us knowledge and information, an opportunity of exchanging ideas, keeping abreast of new developments and gearing up for changes, and insights in tourism that we would not have had otherwise. For us, moving to a new place and starting a new business, SBA is a most worthwhile resource." Marc & Marianne Blazer, The Orchard Inn.


"As a founding member of the SBA, I have valued the opportunity to share new ideas, participate in business opportunities and promote friendships through this organization for many years.  As a group, our voice can be heard, our advertising money can reach farther and our joint efforts can achieve so much more.  Membership for any small business will be one of your best investments."  Debi Thomas, Wildflour Bakery 


Please visit to learn more about the SBA. Click here to download SBA letter and application.

Arts in Tryon
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

To see workshops, exhibits, openings and performances, please click on the links provided below.

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at Information about classes and workshops can also be found in the class notebook located in the gallery. Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 until 5:00 pm.


The Gallery is located at 26 Maple St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at

Saluda Faces
Rodney Gibson

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  


Driving to Pigeon Forge for a 4-day vacation in 1971 from a construction job in Charlotte, Rodney pulled into Saluda from Highway 176 since the interstate wasn't opened yet. He didn't think much of it then until he met his wife, Melody, at the University of NC at Charlotte. His sister-in-law was a good friend of Melody's best friend who moved from Saluda to Charlotte.  The girls often asked Rodney to escort them to music concerts and other events in Charlotte. Melody is the daughter of Donna and Paul Pace and lived just outside of town on Greenville Highway in the Mountain Page Community. This newly formed relationship with Melody grew and they married, solidifying his destiny to come to Saluda, and when he took a job in Traveler's Rest in 1979, he and Melody settled here. They purchased a home from Bear Moore on Smith Street and live there now. Rodney and Melody will celebrate 40 years of marriage on May 16, 2015.


Rodney traveled a lot in his work as an environmental engineer and consultant, and Melody opened "Grandma's Attic" where the Green River BBQ is today. The building was covered with kudzu and poison ivy and as they started stripping and cleaning inside and out, Rodney quickly discovered the consequences of poison ivy after suffering from an itchy rash. Grandma's Attic was a cross stitch store which Melody ran until 1982.


The eighties proved to be a roller coaster for the couple while Rodney applied his expertise with a large steel company (Armco, Inc.) working through EPA standards and environmental regulatory requirements. He worked for Armco in both corporate and plant positions during this time before moving to Raleigh and eventually taking a job in Greenville, SC for a consulting company. Through all this time, they kept the house on Smith Street and Cecily Lieberman, who worked at the Orchard Inn, took care of it. When the Gibson's would come back to Saluda for a brief stay, they lived in the downstairs area complete with its own kitchenette while Cecily lived upstairs. During this time, Melody would settle at a new location with Rodney, but he traveled so much, she would find herself moving back to Saluda while he completed assignments. She managed to open and operate her own business in Saluda from 1989 to 2001, Christmas, Etc.


Combining his knowledge of business, Rodney, working from Saluda, became a self-employed environmental engineer and business consultant with investors to buy and fund businesses in energy co-generation, ethanol plants, and precious metal recovery.


After years of traveling, it was time to slow down so he and Melody looked for something they could do together. They opened "EmbroidMe" in 2011, a promotions specialty company in Hendersonville. Since he only needs about 4 hours of sleep at night, he is also still doing a little consulting on the side. Since opening Embroidme, he has consulted with several international companies on regulatory operations and process challenges. He is currently focused on a project for a company that manufactures "scratch and sniff" inks for magazine advertisements.


Tired of traveling, he is putting fun back into the equation by playing music. He is the vocalist and keyboard player for the rock n' roll band, Sound Investment. The four-piece band plays in Saluda at the Top of the Grade concerts, Party Place & Event Center, and many other venues outside of Saluda. These include gigs as far east as Raleigh and an annual event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.


For a long time, Rodney was known as "Mr. Melody" until one day in 1988 Mayor Pace asked Rodney if he would look into problems that the city was having with its waste water treatment plant. Of course, he was glad to help out and made recommendations to the then city commissioners which they put in place. He developed a systematic approach to dealing with leaks and broken pipes which helped solve the city's waste water problems. Commissioner Jim Boyle had been handling zoning on the city council and the city needed a "zoning administrator" and Rodney was asked to help with enforcing zoning ordinances. This was the beginning of Rodney's entry into the city's government. After functioning as the Zoning and Subdivision Administrator, he was nominated to replace a retiring City Commissioner where he served as Water and Sewer Commissioner for approximately 9 years.  Mayor Lee Clippard resigned after serving for two years and Rodney served out his term and was elected Mayor for a two year term after that.


Rodney shares his small hometown in Hamlin, WV with retired Air Force General Chuck Yeager (the "Right Stuff"). He went to Marshall University, Huntington, WV and was one of the ""We Are Marshall" students and was friends with some of the football players who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash in 1970. Hamlin is a town with natural gas and coal industries. His Grandfather was the superintendent for the Columbia Gas System and his father worked there as a welder and well scout. After getting into Marshall, he asked his father, "What do you think I should major in?" His father replied, "All the managers at the gas company are engineers," so that's why he majored in engineering. He ended up in business school at the University of Miami which he adapted to easily and that served him well in his professional career.


Rodney has a younger brother and older sister living in the WV area. He lost his younger sister to ALS about five years ago. He learned recently that his great grandmother on his mother's side was a descendant from Chief Cornstalk, a Shawnee Indian chief.


Rodney loves music and flying. He is a 1600 hour instrument rated private pilot and flew his own plane on his consulting projects for many years. Every Sunday after dinner, his family would get around the piano and sing hymns. Growing up, his mother made him take piano lessons which he did for four years until he discovered the guitar and never played the piano again until 50 years later when he had to relearn the keyboard to play with Sound Investment. He credits his "excessive energy" with his problems in study hall which resulted in the principal forcing him to take the only available class, typing. In subsequent years, he took extra math classes to fill up the hours which he feels have helped him with his keyboarding skills as well as his engineering profession.


Rodney feels that Saluda is a uniquely wonderful community with a great history behind it, and that if you take time to sit down and read this history, you would be somewhat amazed by the people. Native Saludians are from the finest stock of America: people who moved here when the railroad came through, people who lived here even before then when it was rough and tumble dating back to the civil war, independent people who loved living here. The town evolved around the railroad and understanding the geographic impact of this history in dynamics of how things happen is amazing. He wishes everyone could have known classic Saluda people like Lola, Jack and Charlie Ward, JC Thompson, Robert Hugh Pace, Phoebe Sullivan, Bill Edgerton, Eunice and Boo Pace, Walter Pace, John Rhodes, Jack Morse, Mack Middleton, and Wade Pace. And there are those that are still part of the heritage including Charlene Pace and Lloyd Thompson who knows so much about Saluda's history and the area--really incredible people.


Saluda seems to be attracting mostly people who appreciate its history and people. "I feel good seeing it and being part of it as it evolves. In the 70's, Saluda was a ghost town headed toward a dying community. Looking inward, the people found ways to rebuild it--one step at a time. They laid the foundation for what we are now. People invested, people moved here and invested, and the rolling stone picked up momentum. I have appreciation for the people that took the risk and the luck that helped make the town what it is today, as well as what it can be. There is pressure to get bigger and grow more, and we are going to have to go through another phase to keep Saluda, Saluda. I like it where it is and don't want to see it change, but it will. I am hoping the same approach and perspective people had before will keep it going forward in the future," says Rodney.  

Childhood in Saluda
Remembering My First Wheels
by Clark Thompson


To refresh the collective memory of my readers, after graduating from high school in the spring of 1957 I began making plans to get the heck out of Dodge (that meant Saluda for those too young to understand the expression). Having recently purchased a '51 Ford from my brother-in-law, I now had the mobility to carry me wherever I decided to go. By late summer, I had concluded that my destination would be central Florida where I would work in construction for my brothers and father.


Because of their refusal to pay me the wages I actually deserved, it was a constant struggle trying to stretch those few measly dollars to cover the costs of maintaining my car. However, with the help of a new Florida buddy who worked as a garage mechanic, we were able during the winter to begin a minor customization job on the car. The primary changes involved removing the body chrome for smoother lines, installing a glass-pack muffler which produced a loud rumbling noise so that the public would marvel as I drove down a street, adding lowering blocks on the rear of the car so the nose would ride higher, installing fender skirts to the rear wheel wells, and applying several coats of glossy black paint over the less impressive original pale green color. What can I say?  I thought I was now the owner of one fine chick magnet!


My first construction job involved working as a laborer on a new "cafetorium" in New Port Richey, Florida, which is located on the west coast of the state. Soon I made friends with two local buddies who loved to get snockered on Saturday nights. However, even back then, we always had a designated sober driver which was usually me. One night we were riding around in my cool car while my two friends were hitting the sauce fairly heavily, and since we were not having a successful night spotting any young ladies, we finally wound up on a blacktop road way out in the boonies where we weren't likely to be confronted by the law for underage drinking. All three of us were sitting in the bench-style front seat, and eventually my two friends began to argue over who was the most sober. After a while of listening to this nonsense, I stopped the car and suggested that they have a foot race in front of the headlights to settle their argument. Shortly after I tooted the horn to start the race, my mechanic buddy fell down. As I eased up to him, he decided to sprawl across the hood where there was nothing to hold on to. The other friend was about a hundred yards down the road and when I applied the brakes to pick him up, my mechanic friend began sliding off the car in a drunken state. Just before he cleared the hood, the big-winged eagle emblem caught his clothes and ripped his brand new western-style shirt and cowboy pants right across the crotch which came awfully close to leaving him with a soprano voice. Then to compound his problems, the asphalt left deep skid marks on his new boots as well as his arms, elbows, and face.


After getting both drunks back into my car, I drove to a late night drive-in hamburger joint where I hoped we could get my injured friend some food to help sober him up. Unfortunately, he was sitting in the middle of the seat when nausea began to overtake him. He twice mumbled to the other friend to open the door so he could get out. When the stupefied friend failed to do so, he reached across, grabbed the door handle and pushed the other friend out onto the gravel, then puked in his face. This was not a pretty sight whether sober or drunk. About that time a deputy sheriff pulled alongside and said, "You boys seem to have a problem?"  "No sir," I replied, "just a sick friend," as I approached the officer so he could see that I was sober. I made up some story about the injuries to my friend and luckily he let us go.


My next job was in Palatka, Florida digging footings while still working as a laborer. However, opportunities to better my economic status began to change after almost a year of laboring in the Florida heat, so I moved back to Saluda in preparation for college in the fall. Once again Lola allowed me to work in the store for the rest of the summer. With wheels now under my feet, I didn't have to wait anymore for summer girls to offer me rides. Two sisters from south Florida about whom I wrote two months ago had become friends of mine the previous summer and had been generous in sharing their mother's car for daytime outings. Now we were no longer dependent on their mother's schedule and took fairly frequent rides around Saluda.


During an extended summer stay, the sisters brought one of their Florida friends to Saluda and we quickly struck up a friendship. Now the leisure rides in my cool semi-customized Ford became more frequent. During one Sunday afternoon ride-a-round, we found ourselves at the home and apple orchards of Walter and Jean Pace in the Mountain Page area. Memory has long since escaped me as to why we were there, but when we prepared to leave, this new friend, who loved my car, begged me to let her drive it. As she backed out of the driveway and onto a gravel road, she inadvertently drove into a steep ditch and wedged my car against a red clay bank. While doing my best to suppress my anger, I made my way back to the Pace's home and asked Walter to use his tractor to help get us out of this mess. However, there was no way to extricate the car without compounding the damage on the driver's side. The cost of body work set me back several hundred hard earned dollars and weeks without use of my proudest possession.


Before going back to south Florida, this new friend extended an open invitation to visit her hometown of Fort Lauderdale. Subsequently, the two sisters, who were enrolled at Saint Leo's College(now University) about 35 miles north of Tampa, concocted a plan where I would pick them up at Saint Leo's and drive unannounced to Fort Lauderdale for a surprise visit to see this friend. My plan also included stopping in Leesburg to borrow my brother's more modern '57 Mercury before picking up the girls. That was a big mistake! Shortly into this portion of the trip the suspension system on the Mercury began to squeal at the tiniest bump and became more pronounced as time went by. By the time I reached Saint Leo's the sound was becoming louder and more incessant. I was extremely embarrassed when I picked up the sisters and the thought of an unannounced visit to my friend's home in a wealthy conclave of mansions, canals, and yachts suddenly became brutally nerve wracking.


By the time we reached Fort Lauderdale, the ever increasing cacophony of sounds emitting from below could be heard for several blocks. Our first stop was at the high school where we waited for school to be out, and I can vividly recall the look of shock when my friend saw me. A look of panic would probably be a more fitting description. She became visibly shaken and started crying as a result of this unannounced appearance. With no prior discussion as to where I would be staying, the two sisters were picked up by their mother while I was left with the horror of screeching through a very ritzy section of Fort Lauderdale to an uncertain meeting with my friend's parents. As we rode up a long winding driveway fronting a very palatial mansion, the sounds announcing our arrival set several neighborhood dogs to howling.


Surprisingly the mother and father, whom I had never met, were very gracious in accepting me into their home and offered a spare bedroom for my anticipated two-night stay, which was quite a relief since I really could not have afforded to pay for lodging. The following day, my friend insisted on showing me around the city, so I drove as slow as legally possible over each visible bump in an attempt to reduce the decibels emanating from below. Bless her young heart, she never mentioned the chorus of sounds as I attempted to drown them out with the radio volume blasting the fire wall.


Eventually, relief came quite soon enough as I watched Fort Lauderdale disappear in the rear view. No longer did I care about the incessant squealing and numbers of gawkers as I drove back to Leesburg, and my beautiful Ford cream puff never looked better as I headed north toward Saluda. For the next three years, money remained extremely tight, and I had to leave my dream car at home during the school year. It was only available for me to drive during breaks between semesters so my thumb became my primary means of transportation to and from North Carolina State. 


Then around 1962, a 10-wheel truck loaded with red potatoes and having no brakes sent my beloved first car to scrap yard heaven. However, I have never forgotten the several years of youthful joy she provided me. Ah, first love!


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. 

Did You See a Turtle Today?
Do you know that the Eastern Box Turtle is North Carolina's State Reptile? Not yet on the endangered list, it is, however, threatened by loss of habitat and by automobiles.
Box turtles are extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars, make the box turtle a species particularly susceptible to human-induced problems.

Please be aware at this time of year that turtles are often crossing our roads.

By Rima Synnestvedt
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