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                                                                                     August 1, 2014
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
Ella Grace Race
Small Town Main Street Updates
Saluda Tailgate Market
Top of the Grade Survey
Top of the Grade Concerts
City Notes
Tree Stumps Raise Funds
Saluda Center News
Tai Chi Basics
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
ABSaluda Fund Raiser
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Writer's Guild
Green River Games
Saluda Scoop
Tryon Arts
Casting Call
Saluda Faces
Boy Scout Camp
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!

Located in the heart of a historic downtown, find privacy & peace perched on a wooded lot at the end of the road. Stroll only 1 short block to Main Street. Classic cottage feel with open floor plan, lots of windows and wrap around porch. Large bedrooms, walk in closets, lots of storage, hardwood & tile floors, curl up by the fire, sun on the deck. Little yard maintenance. 3BR, 2BA MLS#566208 $356,900.      


Beautiful Deltec home, living in the round. A super year-round mountain retreat surrounded by trees and other established plantings. Open floor plan with private balcony off of the master bedroom. Basement offers an opportunity for doubling living space finishing work that has already begun. 2BR, 3BA 1.2 ac, MLS#567668 $225,000  



Surrounded by NC wildlife GameLands. Enjoy an open floor plan, with cathedral ceiling, kitchen island, dining room, fireplace, and bay window to view nature and wildlife. Large back porch has long range winter views. Workshop with concrete floor and electric can be converted to 1 or 2 car Garage. 3BR/2BA, 2.21 ac, creek MLS#566133 $149,500


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  $179,000 



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 ½ mile to Main St yet private. Enjoy outdoor spaces for gardening. Full kitchen downstairs for entertaining at the pool or use for guest suite. MLS#

562088, $224,500 UNDER CONTRACT! 




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 UNDER CONTRACT! 


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 16, 1.19 ac, $115,000, MLS#521147
 View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441

Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $59,000 MLS#533763   


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $35,000 MLS#554607

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, Full view of lake, $95,000, MLS#534615 

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $80,000, 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

2.52 ac in Glen Echo, MLS#566038, $33,000

6 ac with pond, close to town, MLS#543247, $118,000


Saluda City Lots

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


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 $79,000

.87 ac, level and rolling, MLS#566466, $38,400

5.48 ac Winfield Cove, MLS#566864, $94,100



51.83 ac unrestricted land, $310,000, MLS#567003

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

5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000

1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $39,900

6.33 ac on Holbert Cove, adj to NC Gamelands, MLS#520721, $48,000

8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $70,000

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, $19,500

Unrestricted 8.7 ac, MLS#562901 $84,667

8.7 ac with winter views, MLS#562901, $84,667


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 July 31, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     17            8                 

Homes 2013     18            0      


Land 2014          5            2                   

Land 2013        12            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 0 properties  

Polk County - 4 properties  

Henderson County - 43    


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.


New Market Trend Reports for Saluda 

(Provided through Western NC MLS)


Local Market Insight June 30, 2914 


YTD Statistics Detail June 30, 2014


The North Carolina Homeowners Alliance is the voice for homeowners at the North Carolina General Assembly providing support policies that protect home values for hard working North Carolinians to NC legislatures.

They can only be effective if property owners join together to make sure the politicians know you want them to protect your investment and your property rights. Home Alliance will keep you up to date on issues like your mortgage interest deduction, property rights and other critical tax policies. The decisions made by elected officials can directly impact your home value...and your wallet. Click here to learn more.




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 Downtown Foundation (formerly Small Town Main Street) meets Tuesday, August 5

at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, August 5 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.


Saluda Community Land Trust meets at 3pm, August 6 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, August 9 at 7:30pm, Party Place & Event Center. 


Saluda Garden Club will meet August 18 at 10am at Saluda Library and carpool to a garden tour.  


Women's Club will meet August 12 at 10am at the Saluda Library.   


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., August 21 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.

The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 5:30pm on 4th Thursday of the month in the Saluda Community Library.


Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, August 22 at 6pm. 

School starts August 25!
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.
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out

bbq banner The Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the pavilion at McCreery Park in downtown Saluda.


To honor Charlie, once again, the free meal of barbecue, beans, slaw, drinks, and desserts will be served to the sound of Mountain Roots Band with Jeff Hayes.


Generous donations in the past have allowed us to invite everyone to the Pig Out at no charge.  We still need your help!  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Saluda Pig Out and take it to Macon Bank at 108 Main Street in Saluda or to Judy Ward at Thompson's Store, or mail it to Saluda Pig Out, P. O. Box 265, Saluda NC 28773.  You may also make a donation as you enjoy your meal at the Pig Out!


We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Pig Out on September 13!


Pets are not allowed in the Pavilion area.


Don't forget to bring a dessert!


Charlie Ward
July 1, 1920 - August 1, 200
Ella Grace Race
September 27, 2014

ella grace The 3rd Annual Ella Grace Race to end PKD (polycystic kidney disease) 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, 09/27/2014 at 9 am at the Saluda Party Place & Event Center.  Register online at (keywords Ella Grace Race).


For any questions, please call Shena Mintz at (828)-674-9788 or email at   


The family of Ella Grace funded and built the Ella Grace Mintz stage in McCreery Park in memory of the infant daughter of Sean and Shena Mintz. This stage is being used for the Top of the Grade concerts and other community events. 

Downtown Saluda Foundation  

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.


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


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

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate Saluda Tailgate Market

Fridays 4:30-6:30

May 2-October 31, 2014


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!  


This is the height of our growing season. Join us to gather the fresh foods you want. Our vendors have the BEST local produce and products.  


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 Survey
totg With about 18 Top of the Grade Concerts held, organizers of the Top of the Grade Concerts thought it was time to get some feedback from attendees before planning for the 2015 summer schedule.

To give you the best concerts next summer, they would appreciate your taking a brief moment to complete this short survey.

Please click here to access the survey.  The survey will close by August 31 and the results will be reported in the September Saluda Lifestyles.

Thanks for your help!
Top of the Grade Concerts
2014 Summer Schedule


 "Top of the Grade Concerts" at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda Friday, August 8 and August 22, 2014,  


Concerts are scheduled for second and fourth Friday 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 August 8, Sound Investment will perform oldies and beach music great for dancing or for just singing along with the music. Click here to read more. 


One of Western North Carolina's premier dance bands, Bayou Diesel will get the crowd on their feet and moving with their famous Cajun/Zydeco and New Orleans Mardi-Gras dance music Friday, August 22, 2014, 7pm to 9pm.


Providing the high energy dance music that has so long personified the base of Louisiana culture and their "joi d' vivre," the group features several squeezebox accordions, a rub board, and a solid rhythm section with French and English vocals.  The group takes the audience quickly to the sounds of Mardi Gras and the celebration of traditions that go back centuries. The mantra has always been "Laissez les bon temps roulers" or as everybody knows "Let the Good Times Roll!"


Formed in 2005, the group has recorded two CD's: "The Bayou Diesel Band" and "Sold Here" and plays often at festivals and clubs in the Asheville region. In 2013, Bayou Diesel performed at the world famous Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC.


Members of the band are Ben Bjorlie-Drums, Steve Burnside-Accordions, vocals Paul Leech-Bass, Miriam Allen-Rub-board, vocals, David Zoll-guitar, vocals.


View our videos on YouTubeto view a YouTube of their performance. 



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

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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Saluda Christmas Parade
christmas parade Organizers of the Saluda Christmas Parade are inviting citizens who would like to volunteer for this community project to call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321.
Silent Auction Raises Funds for Pace Park

Don Mobley of Botes & Stuff held a silent auction for three stumps during Coon Dog Day. These stumps are from the dead Norwegian Red Maples standing in front of Ward's Grill for over 30 years.  A "Letter of Authenticity" signed by Mayor Fred Baisden accompanied each stump. $240 was raised and the proceeds from the auction will go toward Pace Park development.  


Botes & Stuff is located at 20 W Main Street and phone is 828-606-7042.

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

SAVE THESE DATES: The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre will do two programs at the Saluda Center. Sat., Aug. 2 @ 6pm, "A Visit with Golda Meir," a one-woman show. Sat., Aug. 16 @ 6pm, "Love & Laundry and More," two humorous one-act plays.


Tai Chi class on Tuesdays at 6pm in the downstairs exercise room. Contact Rob Bruce for more  information @ 828-435-0816 or Donations are accepted.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Aug. 7 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy, Tues., Aug. 12 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., Aug. 21 at 6:00 pm.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Aug. 25 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. 

Tai Chi Basics with Rob Bruce at Saluda Center

Tuesday Evenings 6-7 pm

Saluda Center - Yoga Studio


Tai chi practice has been shown to increase mobility, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase balance, reduce the discomfort of arthritis and strengthen the immune system. You do not have to memorize long elaborately choreographed forms or commit to become a Tai chi master to enjoy these benefits.   Regular practice of certain core tai chi exercises that emphasize the fundamentals of movement, breath and awareness can provide one or more of these benefits depending upon your interest.  Class emphasis is tailored to the needs and interests of those in attendance.


"Loosening up" exercises maintain and restore range of motion in the joints and are also therapeutic for arthritic conditions. Simplified form work and stepping practice improve balance and functional movement while introducing the fundamental principles of energy circulation. Breathing exercises target relaxation, reduce stress and prepare the focus for meditation and deeper energy work. Basic qigong practices are relaxing, meditative, reduce stress, calm the emotions and provide an introduction to the experience or awareness of chi.


Rob Bruce began his formal study of chi based movement practices in 1996 with Qigong, and expanded his study to include Tai Chi in 1999. Certified to teach Golden Flower Tai Chi in 2004 and Eight Treasures Qigong in 2006, Rob taught at various locations in the Charlotte and Lake Norman area from 2004 until moving to Saluda in 2013. He has experience and special interest in working with people who are recovering from joint injuries and/or surgeries, as well as those coping with the movement challenges from Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Rob is also a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer.


Donations accepted.


Comfortable loose fitting attire recommended.


Contact Rob at 828-435-0816 or RBTBRC@YAHOO.COM with questions.

Saluda Community Land Trust

sclt The goats have come and gone.

In a joint effort with the City of Saluda and Saluda Community Land Trust with funding provided by Polk County Community Foundation, once again the Eco Goats were put to work. They struggled through days of rain but were able to make a difference at the Water Treatment Plant in clearing out the kudzu and other invasives.


Wells Farm in Horse Shoe, NC will be bringing them back later in the year to do another cleansing of the area. We thank everyone who helped to support this project, especially those who took pictures, wrote articles, fed Reba the dog and fixed the gate.  


What a fun way to be able to see how animals contribute to keeping our environment clean and in control.


Walks in the Woods

Sunday, August 3 is walking the trails around Twin Lakes. Easy to moderate walk, about half a mile.

Sunday, August 17 will be an easy walk of about two miles out and back at Bradley Nature Preserve located in town.


We will meet in the parking lot at the Saluda Library at 2 pm 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.


Twin Lakes

Don't forget that if you are interested in reserving Twin Lakes for a special gathering or just for a day to spend having fun in the sun, please call SCLT office at 828-749-1560 in advance.


Community Garden

Have you ever seen the Community Garden look so wonderful? Through much care and tender gardening, the hard work of those who are taking such good care of their crops has been an inspiration to all! If you haven't noticed, take the time to check it out. It's located on Henderson Street; you can't miss it.


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:


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

Our August meeting will be a tour of three gardens in the Lake Hosea area and is sure to be an event you won't want to miss. The first garden will feature lush greenery with many native plants and a spectacular water feature. The second is rustic and in various stages of development and the third is wonderfully tranquil. We will meet at the Saluda Library on Monday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. to carpool to Lake Hosea. Members and guests are welcome to bring a sack lunch for enjoyment after the tour. A screened porch will be available for our use during lunch.


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

Someone asked me the other day, "Why are you so passionate about preserving trees when our mountainsides are so thickly forested?"


I admit, trees and woods-in fact all plant growth that creates our wonderful natural environment-is one of my greatest obsessions. I see the logging trucks pass by with huge logs stacked high; trees, healthy trees, cut down to make way for more developments, more roads, more Walmarts, more parking lots.


We see more wildlife run out of their native habitats and moving into residential areas to seek food and shelter - even into homes, at times.


If we don't find a satisfactory way soon to restore a balance between humanity and nature, will we destroy the environment we may be enjoying today? Perhaps our survival?


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 Saluda Women's Club is proud to announce the winner of the basket raffled at Coon Dog Day was  

Betty Muller of Huntersville, NC. The organization  raised $917 and the proceeds will go toward scholarships to Saluda school students.


Our monthly meeting is August 12, 2014 at 10am with guest speaker, Melanie Yoe of Autumn Care of Saluda.


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


Free Workshop "Trunk of Trouble!"

What's in that old trunk at home? Have family photos? Family Bibles? Love letters from an old beau?  Have you felt in the dark about how to care for your treasured documents? We have the solution for you; come learn about basic preservation steps that you can take at home with this presentation by Heather South, Archivist from the Western Regional Archives.  The "Trunk of Trouble" lecture will delve into common problems and troubles experienced with storing and caring for our family archives and give tips and insights for better handling and preservation of our documents and records for the future. This session isn't your typical lecture and is sure to be entertaining and educational. Bring an item from home. Be sure to attend on Friday, August 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Saluda Public Library.


Oral History Project Continues

The Historic Saluda Committee would like to thank Jack Coates (John T. Coates III) for recently sharing his story with members of the Oral History Committee, Charlene Pace and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle. Jack shared his memories of growing up in Saluda, reminiscing about how he and his friends could sneak aboard the train to get to Hendersonville to catch a movie. He recalls seeing wooden storefronts on the buildings in town and how they once had wide spaces between them. He could even recall seeing a few horse and buggies when he was a boy. Jack's grandmother owned Crystal Springs, once a boarding house, now a private residence owned by his sister, Martha Ashley. Crystal Springs was the second home in Saluda to have indoor plumbing, with Melrose Inn being the first. Coates Pond, named for the family, behind Crystal Springs, is still a favorite swimming hole today. Jack grew up on Coates Street, which was also named for his family. Video coming soon!


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, 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 gathering is free and fun for everyone, from ages zero to 100!


Our group has decided to sing every other Sunday with songs being led by a variety of enthusiastic singers in our community! Please communicate with Amy Wood (828-713-2227) or Dori Ray (828-808-8334) if you are interested in leading a song or have songs you would like to hear performed. Let all our voices be heard!



Please meet at the farmer's market lot to carpool with other jammers! Thank you.


The newly restored church, St. Matthews, is available for folks to come and lift up their voices in song or gather together to create more harmony in our community. What wonderful opportunities await the eager hearts and minds of Polk County! A great and warm thank you to Betsy Burdette!



Call Dori Ray at 828-808-8334 to learn more and get the next scheduled time. 


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

Saluda Elementary School

School Starts in August! 


It is hard to believe that summer break will be over in just a few weeks and students will begin the 2014-15 school year on Monday, August 25!


If you know of any new students who are not already registered for school, please have their legal parent(s)/guardian(s) contact the school at 749-5571 to receive registration information.


The 2014-15 school supply list is on the school website:


Parents and students are invited to drop by the school cafeteria on Thursday, August 21 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm to meet the faculty and staff and to visit classrooms.


We are looking forward to another exciting year at Saluda Elementary School!  


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.  


Remember when school starts...

To keep Saluda School children safe, please remember that the school campus and grounds including steps from Seminary St. to Main St., tennis courts, playground, and ball field are not available for community-wide use during school hours.  All visitors must check into the office before visiting any buildings or using any school campus properties.  We appreciate the community's support in keeping our kids safe while at school. 

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


No events at the Saluda Library in August!


The following events are at the main Polk County Library in Columbus on Highway 108.


Friday, August , 7-11pm

Teens Take Over

Come take over the library after hours! This event is part of 2014 National Teen Lock-In, so we'll be competing against other libraries to win the photo scavenger hunt and Minute To Win It competition. We'll also have pizza, make your own ice cream sundaes, and crafts! Plus a late night virtual chat with Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles series. Teens who wish to attend this event must register in advance and have a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian.


Tuesday, August 5, 5-7pm

Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party

Join us as we celebrate the end of summer! Come in your best Hawaiian clothes for a luau on the library deck. Kevin of The Jolly Balloonsmiths will be making balloon creations! We'll also have food, games, crafts, and the grand prize drawings. Children and families who wish to attend this event must register in advance.


Tuesday, August 12, 2-5pm

TeenDivergent Party

Come dressed in your favorite faction's colors for a costume contest, crafts, food, and of course the movie (based on the best-selling young adult novel by Veronica Roth)!


Thursday, August 14, 5:30-7:30pm

Drum Circle

Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome! This event is held in the Community Room or on the Readers Deck, weather permitting. The drum circle is on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.


Thursday, August 21, 4-5pm

Teen Book Club

The club meets on the third Thursday of every month. For our August book, we're reading The Maze Runner by James Dasher. Come to the meeting to discuss and you'll also get a free copy of September's book.


Thursday, August 21, 5-6pm

Teen Craft Night

Local jewelry artist Julie Arrington will demonstrate how to make earrings and assist teens in creating their designs. All materials will be provided! Teens who wish to attend this event must register in advance.


Thursday, August 28, 5:30-7:30pm

Drum Circle

Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome! This event is held in the Community Room or on the Readers Deck, weather permitting. The drum circle is on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.


To sign up for an event that requires registration, contact Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at 828-894-8721 x227 or




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

ABSaluda Tee Shirts Available from Transfiguration

If you saw them Coon Dog Day and did not want to fight your way through the crowd, there is another opportunity to purchase an ABSaluda tee shirt and do a good deed at the same time!


Banks Wannamaker (of Luther, Dorraine and Mary Jo fame) is donating 10% of the shirts sold to the Transfiguration Outreach Ministry. We won't make a lot of money but every little bit helps us help others!


Please call or text Mary Ann Hester at 864-325-9292 or email to place an order. The shirts are $15 each or 3 for $35. Sizes are M, L, and XL They make great presents to wear as shirts or pajamas!

Saluda Church Services & Events

Pres Church  

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 

Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson is the  Priest in Charge

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

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

Annual Events Calendar


Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

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


Green River Games- Extreme multisport event. September 5-7   

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - September 13 


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

Office space available October 1.  Beautiful, quiet location right off Main St below Wildflour Bakery.  Private bathroom, entrance and two rooms.  Approx 530 sq.ft., $310 monthly includes water, sewage and trash pickup.  Not for residential use. 828-749-9224 (Ask for Debi or leave a message.)


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.

Lore P. Green, 77, of Saluda died Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Stephen Douglas Harrold, 52, of Saluda, NC passed away, Friday, July 4, 2014.


Adam Jackson, 24, of Saluda died, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Adam was the son of Melisa and Jason Smith proprietors of Saluda Gem Mine.
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. 


Stretch Your Summer

When August rolls around, summer crops are in and Saludians are feasting on fresh summer vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, and beans. Queen Ann Lace is plentiful this year and gracing fields and road sides. Many native flowers and plants are making a slow showing this summer after the cold winter, and the tall Joe Pye Weed that butterflies love is making a late appearance. Rivers and waterfalls are flowing strong and mountains are blue-green with lush, verdant foliage.


Hummingbirds are now very active and emptying their feeders on a daily basis. The promise of a bounty of blackberries and raspberries have come true, and Saludians are hastily picking them everywhere.


Summer vacations wind down in August, and thoughts of school and the end of summer creep into our thoughts. Today's fast paced world may catch you up in its flurry of activity, and instead of rejoicing and experiencing the last days of summer, thoughts of what comes next may be on your mind.  


If you haven't had a chance to "roll out the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer",  then a visit to Saluda's downtown Main Street, to the surrounding mountains, waterfalls, or rivers is a great place to stretch out your summer days.  


Queen Ann Lace photos courtesy of photographer, Nancy McDonald.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in August



Although many of our comrades will be heading back to school this month and we have only a month left of the "open seven days a week" schedule, August is a great time to visit us. The throngs of summer visitors are thinning, and with area farmers making daily deliveries, our chefs are taking full advantage of the bounty to dish up some incredibly fresh, flavorful dishes. Our menu features several dishes showcasing local products including North Cacalacky stew with Charlene's Garden okra and sweet corn and NC shrimp, buttermilk brined Heritage pork chop with tender young pole beans from Shepherd's Flock Farm, and super seed crusted fresh Sunburst mountain trout with kale from several area farmers.


Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 3:00

5:00 - 9:00

Sunday Brunch

11:00 - 3:00

 Wine Down Wednesday

With the summer winding down and only four Wednesdays left on the Purple Onion summer schedule, we think it's a good time to take advantage of our "Wine down on Wednesdays" wine specials. We will be featuring several rosés, reds and whites that are perfect for summer and all for 25% off. Come join us for a breezy, al fresco dinner on the patio with a crisp rosé, refreshing Albarino or one of the Gamays we love to drink in summer.




Sunday, August 10 @ 7 PM

Admission $15 advance

$20 @ the door

The Purple Onion is privileged to present Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin on August 10, 2014 @ 7 PM as part of our Sunday Evening Music series.

We have been looking forward to hearing Danny Schmidt live at the Purple Onion again ever since he appeared in a song in the round with Jonathan Byrd and Doug and Telisha Williams several years ago. Now, we get two outstanding, award winning artists in one show. It's a special treat when Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, who normally tour separately and solo, get to share the stage together. If the chemistry seems especially sparkful, they come by it honestly, as they are a rare breed: a romantic partnership in real life, not just musical life. And the two together on stage makes for a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.  


Danny Schmidt is best known for his riveting poetic lyrics which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And gypsy spirit Carrie Elkin is best known for her incredibly soulful and dynamic vocals which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.


Together, the respective strengths they each bring, individually, merge into a much greater whole . . . a performance of great energy and spirit . . . and one that audiences seem to be able to connect with on a multitude of levels at once: Emotionally, Spiritually, and Intellectually.


Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero status to being broadly recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."

With her Red House Records release, Call it my Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. The voice, the stories, the images, the grace, it's the complete package. But it's the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: "I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That's the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature."

Don't miss these two great artists in a rare split-bill performance, sharing songs back and forth, lending their voices to each other's tunes, in harmony. And lending commentary to each other's tunes, in the form of smart-ass between-song banter.


Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited. The performance starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 6 PM. A limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.

Live Music in August   

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


August 2 - The Lonetones

"If the band has a spiritual equivalent in a better-known act, it would have to be Wilco." Blank Magazine


August 7 - Nikki Talley

Trying to pin down Nikki's style, she has been compared to Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch, but to leave the comparisons there would be doing a disservice to her fiery stage performance.


August 9 - Donna Hughes Band

This talented bluegrass singer returns after a too long absence from our schedule.


August 14 - Grace Adele & the Grand Band

Grace Adele sets her stage with traditional American roots drawn from classic country, western swing, bluegrass and folk.


August 16 - Citizen Mojo

Soulfully compelling interpretations of classic and not-so-classic blues, funk and soul.


August 21 - Small Town Lights

This Asheville, NC band blends honky-tonk stylings with soulful sounds to create their unique style.


August 23 - Riyen Roots Trio featuring Kenny Dore'

This blues band was such a big hit in March that we hurried to have them return.


August 28 - The Moon and You

Duo from Asheville, N.C. that blends cello and guitar to craft folk music with a 1970's singer-songwriter feel.


August 30 - The Red Honey

Yet another Asheville band brings their music which embodies a nostalgically vintage sound.


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 


Contra Dance-Sat. August 9

The Caller: Jennie Wakefield - The Band: "Celador"

Lessons start at 7:30pm--dancing 8:00 until 10:30pm Admission is $9.00.  Come join The Blue Ridge Contra Dance and learn something new. 


Annual Saluda School Class Reunion

Friday, August 15

Contact Tona Laughter 828-674-2629 or Peggy Johnson 828-692-6357 for details & reservations


A Very Unique One Time Car Show!

August 23, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Including American Made, Imports, Classics, Antiques, & Motorcycles!

Bring YOUR ride and show it off!

Food, music, raffles- A fun day - $10.00 registration fee - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be awarded!--

Come take a look around. There will be some beauties on display!  Sponsored by C&D Auto Repair


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 to be just 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 July 18 birthday party for Danielle was an evening to be remembered! Our usual group of local music makers was enhanced by the expertise of Philadelphia percussionist, Donna Bostock. There was a surprise, informal performance by LunaSpiral joined by some of the Tribal belly dance students, and then the whole place was up and dancing!


We even had a glorious birthday cake to complete the delicious potluck supper. Thank you all for making this a great experience.


Come on in and try the spicy new brew Fuego by Asheville Brewing Company, a Chipotle flavored treat. We also have the popular Mixed Berry hard cider back on tap, as well as bottled Omission Gluten free beer and Prosecco splits.  


Relax in our backyard this August. There's always something happening at YOUR pub!  


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


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


meanwhile August 29, Friday:  Wine Tasting and Music Jam

(5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

We have an extra Friday in August and will use it for the return of our Music Jam Session Night.  Bring an instrument to play or sit back and enjoy the music. Good food from Wildflour Bake Shop - it is Pizza Night! Bring the family, meet friends and join in the fun.   


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

171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463


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Dancer's Extension dancersextension
Registration is open for the 2014-2015 academic year.  We offer professional instruction in introductory ballet/creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary and pointe.  This year, we will also organize an "Ensemble" class for sixth graders and up.  To register, simply contact the studio by phone, email or facebook.  Don't forget that we also offer adult classes in ballet and Hot Pop!  Come join the fun!  We're always dancing!  

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, had one of his paintings, "The Guest House", accepted to the 15th National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society, held at the Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 2-Nov. 1, 2014. Jim was also accepted in the AIS 2012 National Exhibition and presently has a painting in the 2014 Oil Painters of America National Show in Bennington, Vt.


This year's AIS awards judge is AIS Master, Clayton Beck. The American Impressionist Society defines American Impressionism as the concern for light on form, color, and brushstroke. It allows equal latitude between these attributes and recognizes not a single definitive element but several factors, including high key light and hue, visual breakdown of detail, concern for contemporary life, and cultivation of direct and spontaneous approaches to a subject.


Jim plans to attend this year's opening reception and awards ceremony on Oct 2 in Denver.


Jim's next Saluda workshop is titled "Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience" on 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,"  August 4, 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  

Artists who gather at the Old Chicken House on Thursdays paint while they chat or do they chat while they paint? But, whichever, one never foresees how the conversation will evolve. From painting techniques or materials to "what is this world coming to" or a good book someone has read and enjoyed recently. There's always something that you can join into or that you can just listen to.


One of the artists, a long-time participant in activities at the Old Chicken House, brought with her a book written by Sir Winston Churchill entitled Painting As a Pasttime. He wrote,  "Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life's journey." In another significant statement he writes, "Age cannot wither her (books) nor custom stale her infinite variety."


The artists meet from 9am to 12pm and welcome others to join no matter what level. A special benefit is sharing one's experience and talent with others in the group. There is no fee. A small donation may be made to be used for the Chicken House.


Congratulations, to Ellie McKendrey of Euharlee, GA who was the lucky number winner of those who visited the "Hen's Nest"-an indoor yard sale located in the Old Chicken House the second Saturday of July. She was the 11th person to come into the shop. She chose for her gift: an antique plant stand priced at $45. Prizes will be provided from time to time on Saturday throughout the summer. (Unannounced and unadvertised.)


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


August Blue Ridge Contra in Saluda!

Please join us at the Party and Event Place on Saturday, August 9, for our Blue Ridge Contra Dance!


Note that the time has changed: We have lessons from 7:30-8:00PM with dancing from 8-10:30. Admission is still $9 for adults and $5 for under 18. We also have a family plan so ask about that when you bring youngsters!


Our caller will be the popular Jennie Wakefield who has been with us many times. As she says "no dance form exemplifies the statement that 'everyone is a dancer' like contra." Music will be provided by Celador featuring Gretchen Caverly on violin and David Hayes on anything with strings and frets. Gretchen also enjoys elaborate costumes and making biscuits while David is a physician who is a passionate advocate of home births.


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.  


2014 Fall on the Blue Ridge with Bill Jameson

October 20-24

Reservations Deadline: September 15th

There isn't a more beautiful time to paint the Southern Blue Ridge landscape! Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography.


This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations and then have an early lunch ("Dutch") at one of Saluda's delightful cafes before heading out to paint.


The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one-to-one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants.


The price of the workshop is $525 and includes 30 hours of instruction and a "get acquainted" party on Sunday evening at my studio and home. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send your enrollment form with deposit as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made privately and immediately as October is a most popular time to visit this scenic area.


To enroll in this or any other workshop, please contact Bill at 828-749-3101 or visit his web site at

Random Arts


San Diego artist, Helen Shafer Garcia arrives at Random Arts on Aug 8 for 3 great classes including watercolor on Masa paper, natural book binding and Penciling with Color. Each workshop is open to beginners, as well as advanced participants, and project samples are in the shop for "close up" viewing. Pre-registration is necessary.


Zen Doodle continues to attract a large number of interested artists on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. We meet from 10am till noon and beginners are welcome. The August schedule for this FREE event is Aug. 4 and Aug 25 (No Zen on the 3rd Tues. this month.)

Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone


Phone: 828-749-1165


Bonnie Joy Bardos, Open Studio 

In August, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have an Open Studio Saturday on August 15 and 22 from 1-3 p.m. at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street. Paintings, sculptures and note cards are available. Come take a peek at new work in progress--there's always something new on the easel! Appointments can be arranged for other times.

One of her sculptures will be in an invitational exhibit called "24 Twists" in Spartanburg at West Main Artist Cooperative, from August 18-September 14; opening reception will be on August 21 during the Spartanburg Downtown Art Walk. 

Her landscape series "Esto Perpetua" is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Skyuka Fine Art; locally her paintings are found in Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.

A recipient of several Regional Artist Project Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, Bonnie is featured in Studio Visit Magazine this summer.

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

Photo:  Bonnie Joy Bardos with her painting "Songs For The Earth" at Upstairs Artspace   

Saluda Writer's Guild Book Wine and Sign
Saturday, August 23 at Meanwhile Back in Saluda!

Wine and books just seem to fit together, so please come for a complimentary wine tasting (or purchase by the glass) and meet some of Saluda's talented authors and their books! From 3-6PM at Meanwhile Back in Saluda on Saturday, August 23, there will be lots of wining and signing.


Corrine Gerwe, Cappy Hall Rearick and Ken Webb will be on hand to sign books specifically for you. Or, signed books make excellent gifts. Check your Christmas and birthday lists for reader friends!


Corrine Gerwe will be signing Blood Runs Cold on the Black Side of the Mountain, a story of sin and redemption set in the magical Appalachian Mountains. She also will be signing The Strange Case of the Doyle Diary Murders, set in her own sometimes spooky but much-loved home. Using Doyle's work and adding Celtic lore set in wilderness of Western North Carolina makes this an intriguing murder mystery!


Cappy Hall Rearick will be signing Simply Southern Ease where readers will find nothing just simple or just southern. This hits the universal common theme of a women's mind with wit, humor and insight. She will also be signing The Road to Hell is Seldom Seen, a story set in the Mississippi Delta in the 1930's which tells the story of a spirited young woman determined to rise above her start in life and to become someone better.


Mr. Carter's Sword by Ken Webb is prose that has been compared to Hemingway meeting James Bond, high praise for a first novel. An award winning editor and reporter, Webb weaves a story from the Vietnam War that mostly takes place in South Carolina on Halloween and has readers on edge till the end.


So please come sample some wine and writing; you will find they both are satisfying for the soul!

Green River Games
September 5-6

Taking place September 5-7th, 2014, the Green River Games is a multi-sport competition and outdoor festival based around the infamous Green River Gorge. Biking, kayaking, running, stand up paddling, and beer...what could be better? Our event and the permits secured have paved the way for new user groups to build and enjoy trails on these beautiful public lands. The message of extending access, bringing light to the incredible athletes of our region, and celebrating the terrain is what we are all about. Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date as we release details about the events and festivities surrounding this weekend of Green River fun!

Visit Green River Games for registration information.

Saluda Scoop

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


saluda truck stopThe staff at Saluda Family Restaurant on Ozone Drive would like to thank the people of Saluda, NC for their ongoing support since we opened the doors under new management on July 4, 2014. We plan on serving good home cooked food for a long time to come. We have had many encouraging comments from all our customers. Come see us.



Mon-Fri: 7am to 9pm

Sat-Sun: 7am to 2pm


Live Gospel Music Friday night.



Just a reminder, Citadel Fence Repair is not only here to take care of all of your fencing needs, but I can also take care of most of your steel welding needs either at my shop, or on site.  So, if you have an old gate, lawnmower, tractor implement, piece of art, grill accessory, etc, that is damaged, give me a call.  Maybe it can be repaired instead of being replaced.  Or, if you have an idea for something that you would like built out of steel, let me know.  I am also able to have your repaired or new item powder coated to help it last for years to come, if you'd like.  Don't put up with that broken fence, broken mower, grill or whatever any longer. It doesn't cost anything to ask.  Call Michael at Citadel Fence Repair at 828-817-5483.  Located right here in Saluda.  "Why Replace It?  Repair It!!"



Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift/Consign Shop

We have been working overtime to fill up the shop with art, glassware, pottery, knick knacks, antiques, home decor, kid's items, books, metalware, collectibles, kitchenware, etc. We are part thrift, 50 % proceeds going to charities:  Saluda Fire Dept, Southern Pride Search Dogs, Saluda Community Land Trust, the Greyhound Alliance, Foothills Humane Society, Wounded Warriors, and St. Jude's Children Hospital. (You can pick up donations for elderly and disabled.)  Donations can be brought anytime. Use bin if we are not open, or you can call/text 828-606-1748 if you have more items than can fit in the bin.  We have enjoyed meeting new folks both local and visitors.  Come check us out.  Open Wed thru Sat 11- 4, Frday's till 6, Sunday 12 - 3,  Our motto is, "we may be small, but we've got it all, and we're stackin' it tall!"  


Located at 160 W Main St across from Green River BBQ.   


Nancy Miller and Gail Benke have combined their shops in downtown Saluda and are located behind the outdoor dining area of The Purple Onion; we are in the basement of 30 Church St. (former location of ESP Pottery). Miller on Main has been in business in Saluda since 2010, and The Benke operated in Saluda from 2010 through 2013.


Gail said, "We are excited about combining our collective interests into one shop. We offer items painted in Nancy's unique and interesting art style, collectibles, vintage, antique and also new items. Our goal is to offer quality household and decorative items at a good price. We enjoy being the shop where 'you never know what you may find', so we invite you to come in and look around."


"In Saluda style, we don't keep hours or days open. We are there most days during most commercial hours. Other than that, we're out shopping. Thanks to so many of you who have supported us in the past few years; we look forward to seeing you in our new location soon."


Located at 30 Church St. behind the Purple Onion and below Richard Baker Studio. Gail's number is 864-313-7823, Emails: and



knitcality Amy Johnson of Kniticality wants you to know that you can learn everything from the fundamentals of basic stitching to colorwork, lace, repair, garment finishing, construction and design, and you can learn what you like, right here in Saluda. Private and group instruction is always available, and Amy teaches classes at Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville NC every semester for your convenience. Check the calendar page for upcoming July and August classes or make a request! Custom classes are a specialty.  Check out the Facebook page to get updates and tips. Like us on Facebook


Kniticality is located at 55 Robin Lane, Saluda , (828) 749-3640 

From the intersection of I-26 NC Exit 59 (Saluda NC exit) and Ozone Road, turn toward Saluda and go 150 feet. Turn LEFT on Howard Gap Road toward Saluda Party and Place Event Center, head down the steep little hill and follow Howard Gap road around a sharp RIGHT. Go 1.2 mile and turn RIGHT on Robin Lane.  




VOGUE SALON has a new number - 828-749-3394



Operating days are Monday-Saturday. Walk-ins are great but scheduled appointments are encouraged due to our clientele growth.  Thank you!! 


Vogue Salon would like to introduce the Loyalty Blowout Bundle. This bundle includes 5 Shampoo and Blowouts for $100, a $25 savings. You can pick the dates that would work best for you. Treat yourself with a nice relaxing style at the end of the week or as a gift for a friend! 


Vogue Salon has chosen to avoid the toxic chemicals found in many other hair product lines which damage and jeopardize the structural integrity of your hair.  Organic Color Systems is now offered at Vogue Salon! Decide to say no to the unnecessary animal testing performed by many other companies.  Discover the exceptional performance, superior results, and healthier alternative of the product line with Certified Organic Ingredients . Plus these products have been certified by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as cruelty-free and 100% vegan. 


Here are just a few of the benefits from having your hair colored, maintained and styled with this innovative system.

  • No Harmful Fumes
  • No Scalp Discomfort or Staining
  • A More Pleasant Salon Experience
  • Longer Lasting Color
  • Excellent Grey Coverage
  • Greater Shine & Healthier Hair

 VOGUE SALON   828-749-3394 -  Call Amanda or Amy  for your appointment.


Vogue Salon is located at 31 Pearson Falls Road behind Wildflour Bakery.




Coon Dog Day has come and gone, and with it, my first experience of how exciting it is to have customers of all ages shopping at the Dressing Room!  As we begin August, my ongoing Summer Sale is clearing the way for the Fall apparel that has already begun to arrive, with much more to come.


Striving to accommodate all levels of fashion apparel for teens, tweens and beyond, from simple to sublime, is my goal for the coming months.


Name brands like, Chalet USA, Bamboo USA, Et Lois USA, Color Me Cotton USA, Click by CCM USA, Comfy USA, Habitat USA, Inside Out USA, Joseph Walker USA, Magdalena, Yushi Moda, Bell Kazar, Dorman and Camille and Co., will help me to achieve that goal! 


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 

Back in the sixties, television personality Art Linkletter hosted a program called Art Linkletter's House Party, in which he featured a segment called, "kids say the darndest things." As owners of The Oaks and Breakfast, we have experienced a number of clever and comical comments made by our guests that give us reason to laugh...


It's All Relative - During one breakfast service, a menu featuring a Greek Omelet, fresh fruit, biscuits and a complement of Peasant Potatoes, we made the standard offer of ketchup or pepper-sauce. A stately southern gentleman seated at the table commented, "Only a Yankee would use ketchup" on a breakfast such as this. To which his wife responded, "Your son-in-law uses ketchup on his eggs and he's from Charlotte!" He took a long sip on his coffee and said, "I rest my case."


Back in the Day - Another morning, a woman comes down the stairs clutching one of the old-fashioned wind-up alarm clocks that we have in our guest rooms. She pushes the timepiece into my hands and assuredly insists, "This clock has stopped - it needs a new battery!" I took the clock and gave it a quick wind and marveled that I was standing before a person that may never have used a telephone with a cord, washed dishes in a sink of hot soapy water, or had an alarm clock that needed to be wound.


So Damn Sweet - Today, a return guest who adores our Turret Room tells us that she loves sleeping in the turret because with the draperies open, "I can lie on my side and fall asleep watching the fireflies dance."


Until we are contacted by a television representative to formulate our own network series (and next season's big hit), Donna and I continue to enjoy the gift of another day in these beautiful mountains and the opportunity to share it with our wonderful guests.  


For your next trip to the mountains, stay at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, a classic Queen Ann Victorian located in the historic village of Saluda. 


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The Orchard Inn

As you drive up our winding tree lined driveway, you feel immediately that you are off the beaten path and arriving someplace very special. The Inn is perched on a hilltop surrounded by trees that date back to the Revolutionary War, and combined with gentle breezes, offers a cool respite from the dog days of summer. Passing from the antebellum front porch into our spacious and airy great room. the stress of the real world melts away and Orchard Inn serenity begins. Framed in local art and photography with Persian carpets and antique furniture, the ambiance is eclectically comfortable and quite stunning. Before you lies the dining room with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto Warrior Mountain, Tryon Peak, Melrose Mountain and our pristine woods. Step out onto our shaded terrace with wisteria and grape vines growing overhead and relax with a cool glass of Rose or local craft beer.  

Everyone is welcome! You don't have to be a guest of The Orchard Inn to enjoy our beautiful gardens and mountain views - all are invited to stop by for a glass of wine or beer on the terrace or front porch, anytime.

The restaurant at The Orchard Inn is open for dinner every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and breakfast is served almost every day. 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. Give us a call at:  828-749-5471 to reserve a table. Dinner at the Orchard Inn is not just fine dining -it's a dining experience!


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 by Chef Alec who trained in a Michelin star restaurant in France and professionally served by our friendly 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!


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.


New volume of "Rattle & Friends" at Thompson's Store. Purchase Volume 3 for $10.00 or a complete set for $24.00.


"Free Veteran's Breakfast"

August 28, 8 to 10am at Ward's Grill.  Sponsored by Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance and Cathy Jackson Realty.  


Wine Tasting in the Grill August 7, 4 to 6pm.


Having a party and need a "Meat & Cheese" tray? Purchase for $35.00, 3 lbs of deli meat and 1 lb. of cheese. Please call by 11:00am to place an order.

Planning an event, come and take a look at the boarding house venue. We can help with all your party needs.


We still have plenty of the 51st Coon Dog Day t-shirts. Sizes are 3t to 3xl and prices are from $12.00 to $17.00 each.


Join us for breakfast or lunch and then come visit the "oldest grocery store in NC." We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you, soon.

Always remember to take home "Charlie's Homemade Sage Sausage." Ask about all our other homemade items in the store; you will be glad you did.


Thrifty Tuesday with the 10% off $25.00 purchase.


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

Daily Specials for August: $5.99

Tuesday: Small Chopped Pork sandwich with slaw, tea or coffee

Wednesday: Guiness Bratwurst on a Pretzel served with spicy mustard and slaw, tea or coffee

Thursday: Burger with homestyle fries, tea or coffee

Friday: 2 Piglets with slaw, tea or coffee


Pint Narragansett and Pabst Blue Ribbon $1.50


Sam Adam's October Fest Draft is in, so come and get it while it lasts! And it never lasts long!


We are now offering a Flourless Chocolate Torte that is Gluten Free! Many items on our menu are gluten free and are labeled to the side.


We will be open Monday Labor Day 11am-3PM! 


Be on the lookout for our Small Bites Menu after Labor Day! That's when we add a value menu for the weekdays to celebrate our locals that dine with us year round! We sure do appreciate you!


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   


This incredible summer weather has given us an endless bounty of beautiful produce.  Our daily bean bowls, homemade soups, salads and brunch specials are all created around the basket of vegetables that comes in the door that morning.  The results are delicious, nutritious and so very satisfying.


Friday night pizza continues to be the social event of the week.  Meanwhile Beer and Wine Shop, right next door, will have two new wines to sample every Friday from 5pm - 7pm.  Put in your pizza order with us (for here or to go -- home or to the Top of the Grade Concert), mosey over to Meanwhile to select your favorite beer and wine and ENJOY Friday night in beautiful Saluda, NC.


Those pretty summer mornings can best be enjoyed with a delicious Wildflour pastry and cup of Leopard Forest come sit on our porch or in the beautiful, flower-filled courtyard and start your day off right.  Those city folks would be so, so envious.


Celebrate Meanwhile Beer and Wine's one year anniversary.  Best wishes to them for many, many more!  In addition to the Friday night wine tastings, they are planning a special treat on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 3pm - 6pm. The Saluda Writers Guild will be here to meet their fans, make a few new ones and sign their books.


Here's a back-to-school tip for all those parents with a "picky" eater . . . if your child will only eat peanut butter and jelly, make that sandwich on Wildflour Bakery bread.  Our bread, made from freshly ground, whole grains, packs more nutrition into every slice than any store bought bread.  

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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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook



Meanwhile Events for August 

~  Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary all month!  ~

Our sincere thanks for a great first year!

~ Anniversary SALE shelf on selected bottles all month! ~ 10% off one bottle/15% off two/20% off three/25% off four or more!


August 1, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM - One Year Anniversary!

Help us celebrate!  Courtney Ondrais of Tryon Distributing will be here for a Wine Tasting during pizza night at Wildflour Bake Shop.  Wine by the glass and craft beers available all day. Open till 10 PM on Friday nights.  


August 8, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Allen Clark of Empire Distributing will be here for a Wine Tasting.   Pick up a Wildflour Pizza to take to the park or meet your friends & eat here. Taste two new wines and one new sparkling!  Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights during the summer.


August 15, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

Janelle Payne of Empire Distributing will be on site for a Wine Tasting. 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.


August 22, Friday:  Wine & CheeseTasting

(5 - 7 PM)  Open till 10 PM

Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing and Katie Moore of The Cheese Store of Asheville (at the Weinhaus) team up for a Wine and Cheese Tasting.

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


August 23, Saturday:  Saluda Writers Guild Book Signing (3 - 6 PM)

Meanwhile's shop will host the Saluda Writers Guild book signing.  Join us  to hear about new books, buy books for your shelf or gifts and meet the Authors.  Complimentary Wine Tasting and drinks available by the glass during the signing.  


August 29, Friday:  Wine Tasting (5 - 7 PM) Open till 10 PM

We have an extra Friday in August and will use it for the return of our Music Jam Session Night.  Bring an instrument to play or sit back and enjoy the music.  Good food from Wildflour Bake Shop - it is Pizza Night! Bring the family, meet friends and join in the fun.  


Meanwhile Summer Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00  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 and after 3 PM each day when Wildflour closes.  NEW in the shop: Hickory Nut Gap Sausages & Chicken, 7 Bones BBQ Sauces, Watermelon Rind Pickles (Locally made!), beef from Mountain Valley Farm (Polk County Meats!), Pesto & Hummus made with Saluda herbs!  

Meanwhile is available for birthday parties, meetings and other private events. Call us for details.


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


When You Speak, We listen

At Macon Bank. We wonder how people feel about our branches, especially the one here in Saluda. Here is what some people are saying about us:

"Could not have been better. Angie has always been the epitome of courtesy, knowledge, and efficiency. It is a definite asset to this community to have Angie and Macon Bank here."

We agree with you. Angie does a great job over at the Saluda Branch, and we are glad you consider us an asset to your community.

"We are very happy with the service that we have always received from Macon Bank & Angie. That is why we chose Macon Bank when we wanted to close accounts at [our other bank]."

We pride ourselves on our customer service and we are glad you chose to join the Macon Bank family! Everyone seems to like Angie. We never seem to get a bad word about her.

"Best Bank, Sweetest Ladies, and Convenient Location."

We are glad you think so highly of us! Angie gets a lot of praise in our surveys, but it really is a team effort here in Saluda. Kasey and Courtney are great tellers, and assets to Macon Bank! We are lucky to have the whole team in Saluda.

"Our new business is across the street. Love all 3 gals @ the branch - Opening business account as soon as LLC # gets here."

We are glad to hear that! Our team in Saluda is quite amazing. We are glad you are considering us for your LLC account. Be sure you ask about all the business-banking services we offer. There are several powerful tools to help you track your business's finances more efficiently.


We are proud to be a part of the community here in Saluda. Judging by our survey responses, you are happy to have us. You can continue to count on Macon Bank to provide the exceptional customer service you have come to expect. If you have questions about our products and services, stop by our branch here in Saluda at 108 East Main Street.

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




Random Arts will continue to bring new and exciting events, workshops and sales to you this month, as well as a whole new selection of clothing from our buying trip to the Womens' Wear Show in Las Vegas.


Womens Clothing and Accessories

Be sure to stop in and see our new arrivals of trendy and age appropriate jackets, warm leggings, layered tunics, tops and our very cool, colorful and funky socks! You'll need more than one pair, and you'll have to get a pair for your friends. With that said, the sale rack is filling up with a huge selection of items at 50%- 75% off as we make room for all the new clothing.



San Diego artist, Helen Shafer Garcia arrives at Random Arts on Aug 8 for 3 great classes including watercolor on Masa paper, natural book binding and Penciling with Color. Each workshop is open to beginners as well as advanced participants and project samples are in the shop for "close up" viewing. Pre-registration is necessary.


Zen Doodle continues to attract a large number of interested artists on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. We meet from 10am till noon and beginners are welcome. The August schedule for this FREE event is Aug. 4 and Aug 25 (No Zen on the 3rd Tues. this month.)


Gifts & Home Accessories

New to Random Arts is our colorful selection of vinyl floorcloths, funky light fixtures, Blue Q  "back to school" art packs, pencil cases, tote bags, novelty gifts and fragrances from Thymes. Gift packaging is our pleasure and we happily accept Visa & Master Card Debit and credit cards as well as your personal check. 


Bring your friends and family to see us at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 10am till 5pm (other days by chance or appt.).


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


Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone


Phone: 828-749-1165  



Absaluda T-Shirts A Big Hit

Banks Wannamaker made a big splash during Coon Dog Day with new T-Shirts that read, "Absaluda, the grill, the grade, the gorge, the green river." Sizes are med, large, xlarge (100% cotton/preshrunk). Price $15/each. For more information or to order a t-shirt, please contact Banks at 843-906-3009 or  

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

Casting Call at Tryon Little Theatre

Open Auditions at Tryon Little Theatre
TLT's production of the very funny adult comedy, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn from a book by Rachel Sheinkin. Performance dates: September 11-14 and 18-21.


Three young women* and 3 young men (must have young high school look).  Two adult males, one around 30, the second older. One female, any age over 30. *One must be able to play her own musical instrument.


Audition dates: July 18 at 7pm and July 19 at 10am at Tryon Little Theater's Workshop at 516 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Please come to auditions with sheet music of your choice, at least 16 bars, and be prepared to demonstrate your ability to move/dance.  A comedic monolog is encouraged but not required. Character descriptions and audition script selections are available at the Book Shelf, 94 N. Trade, Tryon, for 24 hour check out.

Saluda Faces
Margaret Miller

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   


Margaret Smith Miller moved from Charleston, SC to Saluda in March, 1992. She had originally come up to Snail's Pace with a Bible study group and fell in love with this quaint, lovely place in the mountains of North Carolina. She took a walk down Louisiana Ave. one morning, while at Snail's Pace, and said to herself,  "I could live here."

At one point in her married life, she told her husband, Gene, that she would like to live in Holly Hill, a small town just upstate of Charleston, "because I've always wanted to live in a small town and I love the name Holly Hill."

Before leaving for summer camp at the age of seven, she asked her mother for suggestions for a nickname, like so many of her friends had. Her mother suggested Meg, but she didn't care for that name.

One summer, she brought her youngest of three children, Coleman, up to summer camp near Saluda. While in Saluda for the two weeks of camp, she stayed at the home of one of Gene's clients. She rode around town and came upon a brown cottage for sale called "Holly Hill." The terrace door had a plaque that read "MEG," Mary Elizabeth Greiner. Well, "that hit me right in the face-- MEG and Holly Hill." As things worked out, she ended up purchasing "Holly Hill" from MEG in 1992. A true guidance from heaven, she has been a blessing to our community ever since.

She started two businesses while in Saluda: Saluda Interiors and Miss Margaret's Cookies and Cheese Melts.  After a few years, her mother came to live with her and she cared for her mother for 5 ½ years.  She died three months shy of her 94th birthday. "What a privilege and honor to do that for a parent," said Margaret.

Margaret once volunteered every week at Autumn Care and was a member of the Caroline's, a singing group who sang in retirement centers and nursing homes from Spartanburg to Asheville.  


At present, Margaret is serving on the Board at the Saluda Center and enjoys living in Saluda.  She also enjoys the way of life in Saluda, the pace of life, and the native Saludians. Those that come into the Saluda area need to embrace and enjoy what is here and not try to change things. That is Margaret's philosophy.


By Greaton Sellers   

Boy Scout Boot Camp

By Mary Ann Hester

Want to lose 15 pounds in six weeks and get daily weight lifting opportunities and facials and get paid for it? Just join Boy Scout Boot Camp right down the road from Saluda!


As one of the two cooks at Camp Bob Hardin (CBH) for Boy Scouts, I envisioned fixing breakfast and lunch for grateful counselors and campers and then taking a healthy hike and swimming in the lake. My fellow cook who stayed in a camp cabin with her 8 year old daughter had also dreamed similar thoughts of the two of them enjoying time outdoors.


Our dream and the vision were, uh, about 100% wrong. I was hired to fix breakfast and lunch. It sounded like an adventure so I was totally up for the challenge. Being on site from 6AM to 1PM would not interfere with the rest of my life and would be a good way to earn a little money and have a good time. Wrong again, pretty much on all accounts.


The Boy Scout counselors were at Camp for the entire time; campers changed each week, arriving on Sunday night and leaving Saturday morning. We hit the ground running as we fed counselors the first week and then the campers rolled in.


We started cooking for 170 campers plus staff. We familiarized ourselves with the commercial kitchen equipment by doing a lot of things right and some things wrong. Pouring hot gravy from the tilt skillet (that was really a two by three foot vat with a spout to drain) impresses you most when it runs over and hits your hand and leg. The commercial ovens are quite impressive as you take 17 sheets of bacon out of the 425 degree oven and hope the grease does not come back on you. The ovens were so hot that even restaurant grade gloves could not keep out the heat so our mantra became "hot pan headed your way" and we meant it. Of course, you did get a free facial each time you opened the door.


The week they tried to kill us, we had 362 people that needed three meals a day. This had to be a record number as they had to go out and buy more dining tables. CBH has a tradition of "Taco Tuesday," and we had no idea how sacred this meal was until we messed with it. We could not make and serve tacos to 362 campers so we substituted another entrée. Well, that Friday at lunch we were all shown a video done by the counselors that demonstrated how important the "Taco Tuesday" tradition was and how disappointed they were to have it deleted from the menu. The cook staff (again the two of us) took serious offense; we were working and burning our fingers to the bone and we felt that we were being scolded.


The next week, we dropped in number to 250 hungry folks so that we declared it "Thoroughly Taco Tuesday." For breakfast we had tacos with sausage. Lunch was tacos with hamburger. Dinner was tacos with pulled pork.

They thought it was fun but got our point not to mess with the vast cooking staff!


When you see food in the quantities that we served, it makes you not want to look at food ever again. Thirty cartons of eggs cooking make me glad I have no sense of smell, but the visual cues were still there in three warming trays spilling over with scrambled eggs. So I ate cereal for breakfast and then I had some for a late lunch at home. And the large quantities of frozen food from SYSCO do not come lightly; it was not unusual to lift 40 boxes of frozen food in a day which weighed at least 40 pounds each.


The result of these facts is that I lost 15 pounds and can lift 50 pounds of horse feed like it is nothing!


So think about doing this next year: you can lose weight, get some strength training, get free facials and make a little (very little) money. I am only telling you this so you will have the chance to participate; I cannot keep the Boy Scout Boot Camp all to myself. And do not tell them the Boot Camp aspect of it or they will make you pay.


Childhood in Saluda
Lighting Up the Cove
by Clark Thompson


During the early and mid '50s, Saluda had an active scout troop thanks to Everett Hardin who served as scout master. Occasionally, he would organize an overnight camping trip down in Green River Cove which was a highlight of my scouting experience. Jack Ward would help him drive the camping gear and supplies to the site while we hiked down the mountain. Due to the many hairpin turns in the road, we could outrun the cars to the bottom by taking shortcuts between the loops. This was well before the State of North Carolina purchased vast tracks of land for preservation followed by an influx of residents, so there were numerous locations for setting up camp.


Until Duke Power installed its power line in the Cove in the early '60s, inhabitants there were few and far between. A few families were sporadically scattered along the river; however, I cannot remember any homes or cabins existing from the top of the mountain until the road reached the water.


To the left was Fishtop where sucker fishing was quite popular during the ''running season." Apparently there are several species of suckers, but I do remember that they swam upstream from Lake Adger until reaching a set of falls which prohibited further migration. I assume they were trying to reach safe spawning grounds. At this point, the water was fairly shallow, and the number of fish became heavily concentrated by the barrier created by the falls.


My friends and I built containing walls from river rock to further entrap the fish, then used three-barbed treble hooks to jerk them out of the water since their lips were soft and tended to tear if caught by mouth. When in full run, catching them was simple since most were easily visible in the water. Many people considered them trash fish due to their strong fishy taste, so most of our catches were hauled back up the mountain and given away to anyone willing to accept them.


As the gravel road began to follow down the river, an occasional farm house-along with cockeyed and weathered barns, corn cribs and outhouses-would appear along with small fields of crops bursting forth from the soil that had been enriched over eons by flooding. A few old hermits with names like Posey Henderson, Whaley and John Bradley also resided in these bottom lands and were locally famous for providing most of the excellent quality vegetables produced in the Cove. Apparently, the soil contained the right elements to produce the acidic tomatoes that were prized by locals, as well as summer families. Almost as soon as a load of these succulent beauties arrived at Thompson's and M. A. Pace's grocery stores, they flew out the door like the prized treasures they were. It was common practice for folks to have standing orders for pecks or bushels upon arrival, which also meant the supply was depleted long before the demand was satisfied.  For years, the name "Green River Cove Tomatoes" carried a reputation of excellence impossible to find in today's selections. Following close behind in reputation for quality and flavor were such other vegetables as sweet corn, beans, peas, squash, and okra.


Until around 1960 there weren't enough potential customers to justify Duke Power building a line along the river. However, through extensive negotiations with the existing residents, a compromise was reached in which the property owners would donate and help clear the right-of-way as their contribution to the costs. During several of my college years, I was a summer employee for Duke Power and for one summer was part of the survey crew for the line. Each day, we would assemble at the scout camp with our survey equipment and begin the arduous task of manually hauling equipment down the mountain side to the last stopping point from the day before.


The terrain was extremely challenging with constant threats from bees nests, snakes, ticks, and millions of gnats swarming around the eyes and ears. Fortunately, no one was bitten by a snake, but the sudden attacks from swarms of yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets brought multiple stings almost daily and kept everyone on high alert. If those problems weren't enough to deal with, finding stable footing to escape the bee attacks while lugging heavy tools was a constant problem. Cuts, bruises, and twisted ankles were the other major injury problems to deal with. Then there were the almost daily soaking thunderstorms which included lightning strikes popping all around. We had no place to seek cover so we just stood and became soaked by the torrential showers, then waited for the sun to come back out and create a steam bath of humidity.


Once we finally reached the river, the survey work seemed like a piece of cake. Then we could keep our truck close by when storms threatened. It also reduced the amount of toolhauling for long and difficult distances. Not far behind us came the volunteers cutting the right-of-way.


Each day, we drove back to Hendersonville to return the company truck, and on one occasion my senior survey partner decided that we should attempt to negotiate the long-abandoned pioneer road once referred to as the old Dana Road. He had never driven it but convinced me that such an adventurous trip could bring an exciting end to a long day of hard work. After a very arduous few miles, we finally arrived at what once was a bridge over the Green River, which I have recently been told was located near the site where the I-26 bridge now crosses the gorge. Only a few remnants of the old bridge remained, including several half rotten beams and a scattering of surface planks. It was only then that we realized the dilemma we had gotten ourselves into. With no room to turn the truck around, the arduous task of trying to back out the way we came in was not an option.


After some discussion, my partner decided the only way out was to drive the pickup truck across the few remaining beams and planks. We both agreed that I would gently walk across and then act as a guide while my partner slowly eased the truck onto the bridge. Anxious emotions raged as the urge to get across as quickly as possible was tempered by the risk of catastrophic results should one or more wheels slip off its beam. Matters were made worse by the constant sound of creaking timbers and bits of wood falling into the swift flowing river below.


After what seemed like hours, the truck was finally on solid ground once again. Now that we were safely on the other side of the river, it became quite apparent just how close we had come to horrible disaster. How in the world would we have been able to explain to our manager the loss of a truck loaded with expensive survey equipment, or even personal injury or death by drowning?


Until now, that story has been a tightly held secret except for a few family members and, recalling this incident, reminds me of the expression that the Good Lord sometimes protects fools. Now I'm hopeful that any applicable statutes of limitations have long since expired.


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

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