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                                                                               September 1, 2014
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 The printed version is brought to you by these generous sponsors:  Autumn Care,  Don Mintz Builders, Green River BBQ, The Gorge Canopy Tours/Green River Adventures, Green River Brew Depot, Heartwood Gallery, Historic Thompson's Store, Jim Carson, Artist, Macon Bank, Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Pat Staggs for Sheriff, The Orchard Inn, Purple Onion, Saluda Grade Cafe, Wildflour Bake Shop, Williamson's Paint

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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
Saluda Tailgate Market
Top of the Grade Survey
Top of the Grade Concerts
Saluda Downtown Foundation
City Notes
Christmas Parade
Saluda Center News
Better Bellies
Saluda Community Land Trust
Twin Lakes Family Swim
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
Saluda Single Women
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Community Music Making
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Green River Games & Festival
Saluda Scoop
Applachian Grown Parnter
Polk Fresh Farm Tour
Tryon Country Club Special
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Childhood in Saluda
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

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

NEW on the Market! 

Historic building on National Registry of Historic Places. Original Saluda "train depot" and moved to this location. Renovations made in compliance with historic buildings. Authentic windows, doors, walls, ceilings. Past uses have been for retail, coffee shop, hair styling shop.Shared parking lot with other buildings. Approx 2100SF, MLS#568400 $325,000  


Hillside house overlooking mountain views with spacious back yard with gardening area. 2BR, 2BA, garage, carport MLS#569736, $139,000   


Well maintained log home in Whites Lake. Views from front and back porches with View easement. Beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops. 4BR, 4.5BA, 2085 SF, 1.69ac, 2-car garage MLS#569548 $390,000  


Perched on a mountain top on 27+/- wooded acres bordered by 19,000 pristine acres of a preserved watershed. Extraordinary craftsmanship and attention to detail. 4BR, 4.5 BA, 5,432SF, 3-car garage MLS#569413 $850,000


Walk to town from your single level home with beautiful views from your fantastic screened-in porch overlooking the meadow below. Full basement with double garage. 3 BR, 2BA, 1513 SF MLS#568468 $255,000



Solid built brick rancher on 7 ac. Needs your special touches to make this a great home. View mountains from living room. Private and trail to top of ridge. 3BR, 2BA, 7 ac, MLS#568413 $181,500


Solid built brick rancher on 4.41 ac. Needs your special touches to make this a great home. Private with fenced mature garden area. Small pond. 3BR, 2BA, 1720 SF, 4.41 ac, MLS#468411 $184,900 


A little Victorian,a little farmhouse,a lot of history.Originally built in 1894,house remodeled by family member.Leaving the original charm and character,all systems,floors,ceilings,walls & structure were meticulously upgraded over the years.Unfinished basement plumbed for bath w/fireplace & attic space. 3 car garage and on level lot. Easy access to I-26 and only 1 mile to downtown Saluda. 3BR, 2BA, 3 car garage, 1ac, MLS#567973 $366,900



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


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. 3BR, 2BA MLS#563405 $229,900 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 August 31, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     20            9                   

Homes 2013     20            0      


Land 2014          6            1                    

Land 2013        16            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 1 properties  

Polk County - 7 properties  

Henderson County - 39     


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 July 31, 2014 


YTD Statistics Detail July 31, 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

Remember Our Heroes


September 11, 2014 is the 13th anniversary of 9/11.  We can all remember where we were when this tragedy changed America forever.

This is a time to say "thank you" to all our heroes--those we know about and those we don't.   
Saluda salutes its Veterans, Saluda Fire and Rescue, the Saluda police department, and sons and daughters in active military duty.


Dates to Remember

Saluda Downtown Foundation (formerly Small Town Main Street) meets Tuesday, September 2 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, September 2 at 5:30 at Purple Onion for annual social. Potluck! 


Saluda Community Land Trust meets at 3pm, September 3 at Twin Lakes. Public is invited.    


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, September 12 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


Contra Dancing Saturday, September 13 at 7:30pm, Party Place & Event Center.  


Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out, September 13, 5-7pm, McCreery Park Pavilion. 


Saluda Garden Club will meet September 13 at 10am at Saluda Library and carpool to a garden tour.  


Women's Club will meet September  9 at 5:30pm at McCreery Park for annual picnic.  


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., September 18 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, September  29 at 6pm.  

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

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. 

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate Saluda Tailgate Market

Fridays 4:30-6:30

May 2-October 31, 2014


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. 

Come get the freshest summer vegetables for your farm to table meals. 


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 Results
totg Thanks for helping with this survey.

The goal of the survey is to give you the best concerts next summer.

Please click here to access the results. 

Thanks for your support of Saluda's Top of the Grade Concerts.
Top of the Grade Concerts
2014 Summer Schedule


 "Top of the Grade Concerts" at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda will be on Friday, September 12 and September 26, 2014. 


Concerts are scheduled for the 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 September 12, Sound Investment will perform oldies and beach music, great for dancing or for just singing along with the music. Click here to read more. 


Scoot Pittman is "Grand Finale" at Top of the Grade Concert

Like Mama's Southern cookin' sticks to your gut, Scoot's music will satisfy that sweet spot in your brain and keep a smile on your face. Frequent performer at the Purple Onion, Scoot is a local favorite to celebrate New Year's Eve with at the Onion and just the right energy and talent for the last outdoor Top of the Grade concert in Saluda. His music has been known to get his audiences dancing on tables. It takes a professional to seamlessly blend booty shakin' rhythm with lasting, meaningful lyrics, but that is exactly what Scoot Pittman is and it is exactly what he has done. 


For more information or to listen to Scoot's music, we invite you to visit his website at


Scoot Pittman performing on
Scoot Pittman performing on "Charlotte Today Show" NBC

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

September 12 - Sound Investment

September 26 - Scoot Pitman


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

Saluda Downtown 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.


Click here to view the August issue of the city's newsletter, Saluda News You Can Use. 

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. 


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

Encaustic wax painting demo, by Verlie Murphy, on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Encaustic has been used in history as far back as the mummies and Fayum Portraits in Egypt to paint...and that work has survived all these years. I will show you how I create realism and abstract encaustic works with melting wax. Encaustic means, 'to burn in' and many artists use extreme heat, including heat guns and torches. I use a heated drawing tool similar to a wood burning tool and an iron that is especially created for this way of working andsometimes a hotplate with brushes  and handmade tools or a blow dryer. I work on paper and mat board...but you can work on canvas. This demo can get you started in your own experiments with melted wax paintings. You will find both abstracts and realism on display during this session. There will be time for questions and answers and just possibly time for a brief hands-on activity by attendees.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Sept. 4 at 2:00 pm. "Gilead", by Marilynne Robinson will be discussed. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy, Tues., Sept. 9 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., Sept. 18 at 6:00 pm

Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Sept. 29 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-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.


A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. To volunteer please call 828-749-3320.


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. 

Better Bellies

For mature ladies: basic belly dance moves and music to strengthen muscles we don't use in our daily activities. When our "core" (belly, back & torso) is strong, we breathe better, digesting well, our whole body is fit and happy; we walk with confidence and improve our balance.


No prior experience necessary. Any body size or shape will do! Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing such as sweat pants, yoga pants, and t-shirts. Bare bellies are optional.


Taught by Rima Luna, a 66 year old tribal belly dancer.


Thursdays, 12:00-12:45  


Special price for Better Bellies: donation

Tribal Belly dance

Level 1, Beginner - New class starting September 3


Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15, $10 per class


Level 2, Intermediate (must have completed Level 1)

Wednesdays 6:00, $12 per class


All classes: Saluda (Senior) Center, downstairs yoga studio.  For more information: or 828-894-2242

Saluda Community Land Trust


Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, September 8th, with rain date of September 15th. We will meet in the library parking lot at 9 am. Two teams of volunteers will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176. All supplies will be provided; just bring a friend.


Walks in the Woods

September 7th - Old Homeplace

The Dart-McCutchen property off Holbert Cove Road and Little Cove Creek, one to two miles of easy to moderate walking, one to two hours. This property is not generally open to the public.

September 21st- Round Mountain

Walk on Round Mountain, one of SCLT's newest properties, and look down on the valley and beyond! One mile, moderate to strenuous and uphill most of the way.  


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.   

Our next board meeting will be on September 3rd at 3pm. We will be meeting at Twin Lakes and the public is invited.


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

Wednesday Family Swim Dates for Twin Lakes

Wilkes Saluda Lakes, commonly known as Twin Lakes, has one family swim left on Wednesday. September 3 from 12:00 - 4:00pm.


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 September meeting will be another great event for us. We will travel to Hendersonville for a special tour of Nichols Nursery and grounds.  Nichols Nursery (also known as Mr. Maple) is family owned and operated. They specialize in Japanese Maples and offer over a thousand cultivars of high quality Japanese maples at affordable prices. Every garden should have at least one Japanese maple. They create a landscape filled with colors of crimson, red, orange, yellow and green in unique shapes and sizes. Join us on Monday, September 15 - 10:00 a.m. at the Saluda Library parking lot to carpool to Hendersonville.


The public is always welcome to attend any of our events.   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

It seems like summer flies by faster every year. Suddenly, kids are back in school and we need to plan for fall and winter. Looking at the calendar, we see the first day of of autumn is September 23.


We've probably heard that young trees do best when planted in the fall. In the Arbor Day Foundation publication (a good source of info on trees for every season), we find that throughout the southern states it's rarely too cold to plant a young tree. The article states that if the shovel will go into the ground, it's safe to plant. Tree roots remain active through the winter and can benefit from rain and snow. A further benefit-a fall planting enables the roots to get a longer start gaining strength, root elongation and resulting in rapid twig growth in spring.


Bare root trees prosper, and in dormancy, roots continue to be active. The Arbor Day Foundation advises that even in winter watering should be continued after tree(s) are planted for a period of time and depending on the amount of rain or snow that falls.


A warning: young trees should be protected from wild life, many of which find the roots and small branches tasty.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson   

The Single Women of Saluda

The Single Women of Saluda group enjoyed their August 21st potluck out at the Lake Sheila Pavilion adjoining the home of Mrs. Dan (Mary Ann) Leach. Beth Tyndall and Mrs. Leach were our hostesses.

It was such a beautiful evening that the group will meet there again for September's potluck on September 18 at 6pm. If there is very inclement weather, we will gather in Mrs. Leach's home.

So, join us. This is just a group of ladies over 50 who enjoy each others company. There are no dues to join us. The only requirement is Single, Divorced, or Widowed.

For more information, please contact Anita Moore at 828-749-3335.

Women's Club Meeting

The next WCS meeting will be our annual Picnic to be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 5:30pm at McCreery Park Pavilion.


We will be serving fried chicken and each member is asked to bring a side dish to share.  Guests are welcome, but we will need an RSVP by September 5.  Please RSVP to Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or e-mail

For more information on our club, contact Secretary Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or e-mail:


The Women's Club of Saluda is a service/social organization dedicated to helping Saluda become an even better place to live. Our members are year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have fun along the way.  Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students. In addition, we support the Saluda School, the Fire Department, the Medical Center, the Public Library, the Saluda Center, Autumn Care Nursing Home and the Historic Committee Oral History Project --all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.
Historic Saluda


Oral History Project Continues

See the latest on YouTube. Dr. Jerry M. Russell Doc Russell talks about his desire as a young man to pursue a higher education and what prompted him to do so. There is even a tale or two about moonshine and Sullivan's Temple. Click here to view.


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, September 12, 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

Singing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 3pm.  


The time will be used for both instruction and drumming so please allow for 1.5 hours to gather and play together!


Come experience the joy of making music 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! Best to park at W Main Public Parking lot (tailgate market) and carpool or walk to church. Limited parking at church.

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

Photos by Mark Schemerling 

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

What a wonderful start for the 2014-15 school year!  When we left school in June, we said goodbye to 159 students and last week we welcomed 184 students on the first day of school!  We have added an additional PreK class, an additional Kindergarten class and an additional Second Grade class this year.  In addition to new students, we have also added the following new faculty and staff members:  Caitlyn Bright (PreK teacher); Mandy Wolfe (PreK teaching assistant); Chris McGee (2nd grade teacher); Joshua Money (technology assistant); Elizabeth Manning (teaching assistant); Fox Trowbridge (teaching assistant) and Marci Cannon (food service).    


Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary School:

September 1       HOLIDAY---No school

September 2-22  BOY Reading 3D Assessments for all K-3 students

September 5       Fall Fundraiser Kick-off

September 8       School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

September 9       5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition

September 10     Fall Pictures by Strawbridge Studios

September 10      PreK-2 Bus Evacuation Training

September 11      Beginning-of-Grade 3 Test for Third Grade

September 15      Interim Reports

September 16      Kindergarten Dental Screening

September 16      Boy Scouts parent meeting in the cafeteria  6:00-7:15pm

September 22      After School Academy begins today

September 24      2:15pm Assembly:  Global Safari

September 26      Dress Down for Charity

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


All Events Are At Saluda Community Library


Wednesday, September 3rd, 10:30am

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We'll read books about dinosaurs and make paper plate dinosaurs! This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Monday, September 8th, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures at Saluda Community Library! Team ECCO Ocean Center of Hendersonville is bringing the aquarium to us. They will teach an interactive invertebrate class with sea stars, urchins, crabs, and shrimp! The program will involve models, dried specimens, and live creatures. Afternoon Adventures is designed for children in grades K-5 and made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.


Wednesday, September 10th, 10:30am

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! Local children's author Phoebe Blackwell will read selections from her books "The Fairy Door at Lane's End," "Hen's Teeth, Turtle Feathers, & Frog Tails," and "The Moon Was Hungry." This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Monday, September 15th, 4pm

Sam's Reading Buddies at Saluda Community Library! Sam the therapy dog will be at the library with his owner, Nancy Weinhagen, every other Monday. Sam loves to listen to stories. Kids can have fun and improve their reading skills at the same time!


Wednesday, September 17th, 10:30am

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We will read books about pirates and make pirate hooks. This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Monday, September 22nd, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures at Saluda Community Library! Mr. Tim is back to teach another martial arts class. Learn some new karate moves and be sure to stick around for his board-breaking demonstration! Afternoon Adventures is designed for children in grades K-5 and made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.


Wednesday, September 24th, 10:30am

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We will read books about rodents and make an "M is for Mouse" craft. This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Monday, September 29th, 4pm

Sam's Reading Buddies at Saluda Community Library! Sam the therapy dog will be at the library with his owner, Nancy Weinhagen, every other Monday. Sam loves to listen to stories. Kids can have fun and improve their reading skills at the same time!


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

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

Art Studio for Rent in Saluda

Space available for potters, sculptors, painters, jewelers, bead/fabric artists, writers, etc. Great atmosphere, affordable rent, flexible lease, large and small work spaces available. Call Ruth at 828-749-9718


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.)


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 828-273-4209 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 828-273-4209 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 @


Private Piano Lessons, experienced teacher, ages 1st grade through high school, Saluda area. Please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.

Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Brainard Lane Janicki, 89, of Saluda, N.C. passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 16,

Bryan Maurice Chandler, 75, of Saluda died August 7. He is survived by his wife Fay Chandler and children.   


Rev. David Summey, 67, of Saluda died July 20. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Metcalf Summey and children.


Ruby Styles Hudson died July 19. She was born during the depression in Saluda, N.C.
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. 


Days Grow Short in September

You may feel nostalgic when summer ebbs and you find memories enter your mind of ending summer friendships made at camp, on a beach or mountain trip, or while visiting a relative for a summer vacation. Separating from these new found friends was heartbreaking with promises to stay in touch. Did you lose your heart to a summer love? Many visitors making their first trip to Saluda fall in love and come back time and time again, and some soon settle here.


The Harvest Moon will shine on September 8-9 this year marking the autumnal equinox and giving us moonlit nights and days that grow shorter. Cool, brisk mornings feel good and quickly warm up to golden sunny days. Farmers are bringing in the last of summer crops and preparing for the fall vegetable season.


Busy shop owners will take a little break in September and recharge for the busy fall season that will soon draw people to the colorful mountains.


Even though the "days grow short when you reach September," Saludians will enjoy the Saluda Tailgate Market, Top of the Grade Concerts, Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ, Green River Games & Festival, music at their favorite Saluda restaurants, and beautiful golden days and moonlit nights.


Make plans to visit the NC Apple Festival that finishes up on September 1 and the NC Mountain State Fair at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher from September 5-14, both celebrating people, agriculture, and art from the region.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in September

Along with crisp cool mornings and clear blue skies, September marks the return to a five day week for all of us at The Purple Onion. Beginning September 2, we will be closed Sundays and Wednesdays until next May.

Please note:






 Live Music in September   

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


September 4 - Jennings & Keller

'Fusion Folk Americana' from this Florida-based duo.


September 6 -Overmountain Men

Long-time friend David Childers returns with this great band.


September 11 - George Terry & Aaron Price

Guitar virtuoso, songwriter and leading Zealot George Terry withmulti-instrumentalist, producer and fellow Zealot Aaron Price


September 13 - Spontaneous Blueprint

Fabulous jazz guitarist Dan Keller brings his group to the café for the first time.


September 18 - One Leg Up - One Leg Up

Great Gypsy Jazz group returns.


September 20 - Carolina Ceili

This Irish-laced group was such a hit earlier this year that we could not wait to get them back.


September 25 - Roy Schneider Duo

This Florida-based duo was here a couple of years ago and you loved them.


September 27 - Shana Blake Band

This high-energy band from Charlotte returns with their R&B/soul/funk 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 



Saturday, September 13 -
The Blue Ridge Contra Dance will start with lessons at 7:30pm, then dancing 8:00 until 10:30.  The caller will be Tamara McGovern and music will be by the band  "Spinning Wheel."



Saturday, September 27
- Ella Grace Mintz Race 5K Walk/Run.

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!


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! 

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


back alley Back Alley Barn and the Green River Brew are excited to present WPOS Band Saturday, September 20, 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Food and beverages will be for purchase-snacks, BBQ, chips. Since their performance at the Back Alley Barn last year, everyone has asked for their return. The high power, entertaining rock band from Greenville, SC formed in 2011, has performed around the world. Tell friends and neighbors and spend a Saturday night in Saluda for a night of fun!  Click here to view a performance.


Back Alley Barn is located behind Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  


Dancer's Extension dancersextension
We are excited to begin our fifth dance season on Tuesday, September 2.  Don't worry... it's not too late to register for classes in introductory dance, ballet, pointe, contemporary and jazz this year!  Openings are still available for boys and girls to learn the art of dance. The full schedule and class descriptions can be found on our website.  Simply contact the studio for more information and to begin the registration process.


Adults, we begin classes for you also on Tuesday, September 2 with Hot Pop! at 2:30PM.  Hot Pop! is a low impact, dance fitness class.  We dance to your favorite tunes from the 1960's to today hits!  Hot Pop! is also offered on Thursdays at 2:30PM.  Join us for adult beginner ballet classes on Monday evenings at 7PM and Wednesday mornings at 11AM.  No experience or fancy shoes required, just the desire to move and have fun!


The Dancer's Extension Director, Sonya Monts, has been named a National Registered Dance Educator (RDE) following rigorous evaluation by leaders of the National Registry.  She presented her teaching portfolio to the committee and met the professional ethics, guidelines and standards of practice.  The National Registry provides support to its members so that they may in turn provide their students and community with the highest quality programs and training available in dance education.  Congratulations, Ms. Sonya!


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     


Blue Ridge Contra Dance Saturday,  

September 13

Come join us for a night of fun and exercise with our September Contra Dance at The Party and Event Place. Please note our new time: lessons start at 7:30 with dancing from 8-10:30pm. Band is Spinning Wheel, well known for their lively music. Calling by Tamara McGovern who is president of Harvest Moon Folk Society and famous for her clear teaching and fun dancing. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for those under 18. Bring the family and get a special rate. So come heat up our dance floor in the cooler weather! For more information, please see us on Facebook under Blue Ridge Contra. See you there!

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.   


Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will give a workshop,

"Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience,"

on Thursday - Saturday, Oct 23-25, in Saluda. This outdoor painting workshop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful colors and fresh air of a Western North Carolina Fall, while still stressing the fundamentals of value, design, and temperature variety. There will also be an emphasis on bold and spontaneous brushwork.


Participants will meet each morning at Jim's studio, and motorcade to that day's painting location. All locations will be easily accessible by car.


There will be demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday mornings, lots of one on one easel time, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price, $350, includes a tasty lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café, and wine and cheese at the first day's critique.


The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. In the event of rain, there is ample room in Jim's studio. A list of needed supplies will be furnished after registration.


Jim has recently been nationally recognized by having his paintings accepted to both the 2014 Oil Painters of America National Show in Bennington ,Vermont, and the 2014 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition in Denver, Colorado.


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



saluda grade
Richard Baker, Artist will be moving his studio to the River Arts District in Asheville in September. We will miss Richard's influence on the Saluda art community by providing a space for monthly gatherings to greet and meet and share ideas and accomplishments. He is thankful for all the support he received in Saluda, and invites you to visit him at his new studio.

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

chicken house The Old Chicken House  

(Studios and retail space for creative people.)


The Old Chicken House welcomes Susan Cannon, a kiln-formed glass artist, who is in her new work space in Saluda. She produces both functional and decorative items for the home and business.


She divides her time between Dayton, Ohio and her and husband Sam's home in the Saluda community. She discovered Saluda in 1994 through friends and, soon after, bought a home here.


Realizing that she was losing valuable time in producing her work while she was away from her Dayton studio, she recently opened her space here in Saluda, Moon Glass Studio, in the Old Chicken House.


Bowls, plates, vases, and wall art are among the items she designs and creates. Much of her work is contemporary in style with bold, deep colors. Exhibiting her versatility, she sometimes chooses pastels with dainty designs.


Susan's work is exhibited and sold in shows, museums, and through commissions in various locations in the Dayton area and in Fort Pierce, Florida at the A.E. Bakkus Museum shop. In western North Carolina, her work can be found in the North Carolina Arboretum shop near Asheville. She was accepted to participate in the Mountain Glass Exhibit at the Upstairs Art Space in Tryon, and locally, her work is exhibited and sold at Kathleen's Gallery on Main Street, Saluda.


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street). We are open 11-6 Fri-Sat and other days/times by request.  Phone 828-749-9718 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at

News and New Work from Anne and Bill Jameson


Bill Jameson is Juror and Judge for the 37th

Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society


Selecting the work for the 37th South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibit from the 235 entries was an arduous task! I wanted the final exhibit to be a balance in excellence of handling the various forms of watermedia from realism to abstraction, and I applied the same principles to selecting the 30 award winning pieces for the traveling exhibit. It was truly a joy and a privilege to be the juror and judge for the 2014 SCWS exhibit.


Please click on the link below the hear me speak about how I go about balancing painting, workshops and judging exhibits. For more information, please visit SC Water Media


Bill Jameson Solo Exhibit at Warm Springs Gallery in Virginia

Bill Jameson has an exhibit in the Warm Springs Gallery in Warm Springs, VA entitled "Bath County Backroads." The exhibit runs through September 28, 2014. For more information please visit Warm Springs Gallery.


Bill Jameson Exhibit at the Galleries in Concord, North Carolina

An exhibit called "Into the Woods" showcasespaintings of the natural world. Opening August 18, this exhibit "invites visitors into the shadows of the forest and allows them to get lost in the woods." For more information, please visit Cabarrus Arts Council

or email


Fall on the Blue Ridge Workshop, October 20-24 is full, but we do have a waiting list!

This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. 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. For more information or to get on the waiting list, please call 828-749-3101 or email

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

Heartwood Gallery Celebrates American Craft Week October 3-12, 2014

Wrap Yourself in American Craft!

Join us for a Special Trunk Show

Saturday, October 11th


Jen Swearington of JennyThreads will be on hand for a special trunk showing of her entire line of fun fashion on Saturday, October 11, from 2-6pm, followed by an artist's reception 6-7pm.


This year, Heartwood's special focus is on textile art in the timeless form of the scarf. Scarves woven, knitted, felted...dyed, painted, printed... silk, wool, bamboo... the possibilities are endless. Five American textile artists are represented; all share a love of fiber, design, color and pattern. All are skilled artisans, each possessing a unique mastery of the scarf. Using differing techniques, each artist produces sophisticated designs that are functional and beautiful. Come see our special display of these 5 women's scarf creations Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 12.  

Heartwood Galleries is located at 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC, 828-749-9365. Visit website or Facebook page.


Nostalgia Courtyard Art Fair


Save The Date -- Saturday, Oct 4 is the Nostalgia Courtyard Art Fair.  Get a jump on one of a kind Christmas gifts, treat yourself to some beautiful art or just come and enjoy the music.  The Fair is from 10 am - 4 pm and will showcase the work of local, talented artists of all kinds....pottery, jewelry, leather and more.  Returning this year, The Hogtown Squealers....they had every toe tapping, hand clapping and head nodding last year.  Awesome music and great fun, don't miss The Hogtown Squealers!  


Nostalgia has a couple of booth spaces available for the 828-749-9224 to reserve one today! (booth fee $20).

Green River Games & Festival
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.


Wrapping up Saturday's events is the Green River Festival in downtown Saluda at the newly built amphitheatre in McCreery Park. We are please to announce The Whitewater Bluegrass Company will be playing from 4-7PM on the new Ella Grace Mintz stage. Awards from the days events will happen immediately following The Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Complete with an action sports videos, live music, beer, food and outdoor toy chest raffle, this event has something for everybody. Athletes, spectators and locals can all come together to share the magic of the Green River Games.


What: Whitewater Bluegrass Co, Awards, Beer, and an Amazing Raffle
Date: Saturday September 6th, 2014
Time:4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location:McCreery Park in Downtown Saluda
Cost: FREE

Saluda Scoop

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




saluda truck stop

Saluda Family Restaurant  

Breakfast served all day. Homemade desserts and daily specials. 


Mon-Fri: 7am to 9pm

Sat-Sun: 7am to 2pm


Live Gospel Music Friday night.


Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift/Consign Shop

Thanks to our local friends and new "summer folk" friends and tourists alike, we are getting in new consignments and donations and having a great summer. Our charities include: Saluda Fire Dept., Saluda Community Land Trust, Southern Pride Search Dogs (Saluda), the Greyhound Alliance, St. Jude's Children Hospital, Wounded Warriors, and Foothills Humane Society. 50% of proceeds go to charity, consignments also 50/50. We have a gorgeous oak hall tree, mahogany chairs, crystal lily, etc. You will be amazed at the hundreds of small items, art, glassware, pottery and jewelry we have in stock and a small corner of gently worn clothing!  Come check us out! We are open Wed - Sat 11 - 4ish (usually longer), and Sunday 12 - 4ish. Browsers welcome, buyers adored!


Located at 160 W Main St across from Green River BBQ.  Phone is 828-606-1748



The next big things at Vogue Salon.




Rockin' Reds

"Don't be afraid of adding red tones to your color." "There's a shade for every complexion, and you can start with peekaboo pieces underneath your hair.


If you have fair skin, you have more room to play with brighter tangerine, strawberry and copper shades.  For warmer complexions, stick to deeper mahoganies and chestnut hues. For a bold statement, wear accents of emerald to complement your scarlet locks.


Choppy Chic

If you are searching for a flirty, fashion-forward cut, a pixie with choppy layers will do the trick.  "Platinum hair is on trend for the fall season."


Curly Girls

Must have layers; they enhance texture, remove bulk and add shape, making them the perfect starting point for unforgettable style.


VOGUE SALON   828-749-3394 or cell phone 828-674-8166   Call Amanda or Amy for your appointment.  Open Monday - Saturday.  Walk-ins welcome, appointments recommended.  


Amy Cartee, Owner/Stylist   

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




I can honestly say that the Fall and Winter fashions are spectacular!  The designers have brought a lot of freshness to their apparel collections, and they need to be seen to be appreciated. With that in mind, The Dressing Room & The Orchard Inn are teaming up to have a Fashion Show that will not only give you the opportunity to see all of those new Fall & Winter collections, but also to support a worthy cause!


The Fashion Show will be held at The Orchard Inn on Monday, September 8 from 3-5 PM, and proceeds will be going to the Polk County Foothills Humane Society. A $15 admission fee will include: Fashion Show, hors d'oeuvres, small dessert and a glass of champagne. Raffle tickets and a silent auction will also be available for a wide assortment of prices, but hurry--limited seating is available!  For reservations, please call The Dressing Room @ 828-749-9555 or The Orchard Inn @ 828-749-5471. Hoping to see you there!


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



For the "Festival Fan" in all of us!

As summer fades into memory, life in the mountains kicks-it-up a notch to celebrate the changing of the seasons. With only weeks left to enjoy these lazy summer days and cool comfortable nights, folks are inspired to partake of festivities matched to the season. Here are three of the local favorites:


The North Carolina Apple Festival takes place just outside our backdoor in Hendersonville, August 29-September 1, Labor Day Weekend. This celebration of everything "Apple" is considered one of the finest street fairs in the United States. Festivities include entertainment, dancing, food, a parade and activities for the children. 


Burntshirt Vineyards Grape Stomp is North Carolina's answer to the famous "crush" of Northern California. The vintners at Burntshirt have invested heavily to promote this fall event and their product. The minute you arrive at the tasting room you are surrounded by lush gardens and rolling hills covered with rows of perfectly manicured vines. Tours and tastings are available seven days a week - The Stomp happens October 4.


The outdoor activities in and around Saluda have grown to a national scale with the Green River Games, September 5-7. At the center of this televised event is a freestyle kayaking competition on the famous "Narrows" of the Green River. Activities permeate through the village and into the night with entertainment, shopping, food and big fun.


Whatever your interests, this is the best time of the year to get outdoors and breathe the mountain air and scan the hills for the first of the fall color. For the finest accommodations, in the heart of all the activities and attractions, contact The Oaks Bed and Breakfast - 828-749-2000, or visit .


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The Orchard Inn

We are always being asked if you have to be a guest of the Inn to eat here. We therefore decided to re-brand our restaurant and name it after our Siamese cat - Newman. So the restaurant is now named Newman's at The Orchard Inn. Depending who you ask - our cat got his name from the Seinfeld character or from Paul Newman bcause of his bright blue eyes. He's a very friendly feline and is looking forward to welcoming you to his fine eating establishment. Newman's is open Thursday - Saturday nights, Sunday for brunch and every day for breakfast. Call 828-749-5471 for reservations.

As we roll into Fall, there's no better place in Saluda to enjoy the changing colors while sipping a fabulous glass of wine or local Carolina craft beer. Every seat in the dining room has a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains, and the terrace is a splendid place to enjoy a drink before dinner. The award winning cuisine is fabulous. Our tenderloin is so tender you can cut it with a butter knife and the crab cakes are to die for. Local Rainbow Trout almandine is always amazing - as fresh as can be. And the desserts - forget about it! Marianne is from Austria after all, where the dessert was, if not invented, perfected. Newman happens to love Shrimp and it is a regular addition to our Sunday brunch - whiskey flambéed.


Originally built in 1926 and called the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. 


Trip Advisor - 2012 & 2013 Certificate of Excellence and by - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant. 


For reservations call 828-749-5471. 

Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 


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"

September 25, 8 to 10am at Ward's Grill.  Sponsored by Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance and Cathy Jackson Realty.  


Wine Tasting in the Grill September 4, 4 to 6pm with Shelley from Skyland Distributing.  


back alley Save The Date---October 12, 12 To 6pm--Octoberfest At The Back Alley Barn:  featuring Chef, Irmy Chmieleuski.  Come and enjoy great food, beer and music.  Tickets will go on sale October 1 at Thompson Store/Ward's Grill. 


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

Saluda Grade Cafe

Thanks for a great Summer! We appreciate you very much! Saluda Grade will be taking a bit of a break September 1 through September 4 to reenergize and prepare for a busy Fall Season! We will open back on Friday night September 5 with a new menu and a music filled evening.  


We are excited about the fall season with its cooler temperatures and The Farm replanted with amazing vegetables and herbs. Small purple French string beans, squashes, greens, cucumbers, broccoli, bountiful herbs and four colors of cauliflower...I can't resist the Johnny's Seed Catalog...vegetables to inspire us with new Fall dishes! As the leaves start to change, you will see Prime Pork Chops, London Broil and Osso Bucco as well as great Smoked Chicken dishes and new Pastas. Apple Dapple Cake has already made an appearance as well as Red Velvet Brownie Fall is in the air!

Music continues on Friday nights and is always the highlight of our week! Thank you to all our musician friends and to you for your continued support of Old Timey Music and Local Musicians.  


I would like to welcome our newest team members at The Grade....Thomas Monts, Noah Kellar and Danielle Debarr, as well as send out a great big "Job Well Done " to all of the hard working staff at Saluda Grade!


On Sunday September 28, Saluda Grade Café will be participating in the Taste of Our Carolina Foothills just down the mountain at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon, N.C. We will be giving a taste of what we do, both as a restaurant and a caterer. We would love to see you! Tickets are still available online at

Thank you to our friend and amazing artist Ray Pague for painting our windows! Good Job!


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


Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ

New Appetizers on the Menu!

-Grit Fritters- creamy grits with a cream herb cheese and rolled in Panko! Crispy and crunchy on the outside and creamy and favorable on the inside!

-Sausage Cheese Dip- Made with Charlie Ward's famous sausage, two different cheeses and spicy tomatoes!  Served with tortillas for dipping!

-Two Guinness Bratwursts served with homemade Chow Chow, pretzel roll and spicy brown mustard!


In addition to some of these new appetizers and our usual favorites, a select number of these will be $2.00 off every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!


Creamed spinach is back on the menu for the fall! Serving soups and stews in September, beginning with our Famous Brunswick Stew, and then we will begin a variety of 3 or 4 offerings every day!  All homemade in house! Some served with hush puppies, Texas toast or Rustic French baguette and butter.


Barbara would like to see Clam Chowder on the soup menu--what would you like to see? Email your favorite suggestions here.


Also new is a variety of Gluten free items on our menu, and as always, all our smoked meats are gluten free, as well as our BBQ sauces, and a new flourless chocolate torte that is gluten free.


To keep with the gluten free items, enjoy a Wicked Weed Hard Cider and Blackberry Hard Cider using Henderson County apples! Wicked Weed is made in Flat Rock, NC!


Oktoberfest beers and Pumpkin Ales are all starting to roll in to add to our draft selections!

As always....Pint PBR and Narragansett are $1.50 every day!


Open Monday, Labor Day 11 am to 3 pm! Watch football or your favorite game on three big screen TVs. Just let us know what you want to watch.


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   


The kids are all headed back to school and our little Maxx is off to kindergarten.  With that in mind, Molly is working on all kinds of wonderful, kid friendly, nutritious treats to pack in lunch boxes.  Just making those sandwiches on Wildflour Bread will make them extra healthy and so delicious.  If you missed the alarm and need a helping hand, keep Wildflour Bake Shop 828-749-3356 on the fridge.  We can pack a sandwich and treat for you to put in that lunchbox while you are driving to the school. 

PIES have been the hot item lately.  NO ONE makes them better than Wildflour.  We try to keep them on hand, but it is always smart to call ahead so we can have your favorite ready.

Have you noticed the new porch?  It is just simply good therapy to sit out front with a cup of coffee or tea and a scone.  Bring a book or write a note to someone (a snail mail surprise can make someone's day!) and enjoy some quality time in Saluda.


While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.


Wildflour Bake Shop  Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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Meanwhile Events for September 


September 5, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

Join us for a Wine Tasting from 5 - 7 PM during pizza night at Wildflour Bake Shop.  Wine by the glass and craft beers available all day. Open till 10 PM on Friday nights.  


Sept. 12, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

Music in the Park Night. Pick up a Wildflour Pizza to take to the park or meet your friends & eat here. Complimentary Wine Tasting 5 - 7 PM. Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday nights.


Sept. 19, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

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


Sept. 20, Saturday: 5th Annual Polk Fresh Farm Tour

Tickets and information at the Meanwhile Shop. Buy tickets early! Meanwhile, Back in Saluda is a ticket source plus food stop during the day of the Farm Tour.


Sept. 26, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

It's the last concert of the season. Wine Tasting before the music. Stop in before the music in the park or drop by afterwards.  We are open till 10 PM on Friday night.



* Polk Fresh Farm Tour tickets available at the Meanwhile Shop. Buy tickets early!

* Music Jam Nights will return in October! Look for dates in the next issue of Saluda Lifestyles or stop by the Meanwhile Shop for details.

* Save the Date: Saturday, October 4th is the Nostalgia Courtyard Art Fair.  10 AM - 4 PM. Three booths still available. Contact Debi Thomas at 828-749-9224 to reserve a place.


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


We have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries on Monday, Tuesday and after 3 PM each day when Wildflour closes.  NEW in the shop: BackDraft Hot Sauces, Old Angry Liberal Hot Sauce, Holiday Ornaments by Saluda Artist Jackie Jones (Okra Angels and Okra Santa), new soaps from Mother & Son, Vidalia Onion Relish locally made,beef from Mountain Valley Farm (Polk County Meats!), Thai Basil Pesto, Lemon Basil 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

Macon Bank's New Digital Video Library

Macon Bank introduces our newest tool to help our customers better understand some of our products and services. Incorporated on our website are informational videos on topics such as Mobile Banking, Online Bill Pay, Health Savings Accounts and Identity Theft Prevention. Have questions about Debit Cards? Want to know if Bonus Checking is right for you? Wondering if Cash Management could help your business? Click on the informational video and find out more!  


Simply go to and the Informational Videos link is located on the front page of the website. The link will take you to a list of all the videos available from Macon Bank. Or, you can go to the individual videos for the corresponding products under Personal Banking or Business Banking. This is just another way that Macon Bank makes banking easier and more convenient for our customers.


Of course, if you would like to speak to someone in person, Angie and the Saluda team are available. Stop by and see us at 108 East Main Street for more information on any of our products and services.


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

Random Arts  

Have you seen all the new clothing at Random Arts?

If not, stop by and browse a bit in our comfortable setting

at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. You will discover our intimate and welcoming shop that's filled with moderately priced, interesting clothing & accessories just right for youand your budget.


Since returning from our buying trip to Las Vegas, a whole new selection of women's wear is being added to our racks along with fabulous "art to wear" jewelry pieces to finish off your look.  From casual to dressy, we have what you are looking for in our "Creative Space" right here in Saluda.


Along with our "age appropriate" clothing for the young at heart, you will be inspired by our creative workshops in watercolor, gouache, acrylics, mixed media, book arts, journaling, zen doodle and a whole lot more. Actually, after 19 years of being in the Arts & Crafts business in Saluda, we can pretty much assist you with just about every creative concern or idea that you might have.


Stop by and see us at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Just look for the bright orange steps and turquoise accents. Lots of parking on both sides of the building.


Open Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 10 am till 5pm

(or by chance or appointment) 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    

ASAP's Appalachian Grown Partner in Saluda

Meanwhile, Back in Saluda is proud to be an Appalachian Grown Partner! Developed by ASAP (Appalachia Sustainable Agriculture Project), the Appalachian Grown partner program helps to maintain the authenticity of the term "local", by letting customers know when they purchase products with the "Appalachian Grown" logo or when they shop at a partner business.  Meanwhile, Back in Saluda offers fresh, local food from certified family farms, including farms in Polk County.  Visit the Meanwhile shop (next door to Wildflour Bake Shop) to see the new, fresh and local foods and crafts added each week.  


Meanwhile: The Wine Shop & Local Market


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


171 East Main Street (next to Wildflour Bake Shop)

Saluda, North Carolina 28773

Phone:  828-749-9463

5th Annual Polk Fresh Farm Tour September 20

meanwhile Tickets available at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda (next door to Wildflour Bake Shop) for the Polk Fresh Farm Tour. On Saturday, September 20th, the 5th Annual Polk Fresh Farm Tour will take place, and many farms and vineyards will be opening their doors to the public. Slow Food has donated $300 to the Farm Tour to encourage discounted passes for Polk County school families to be able to attend.  


The normal per vehicle pass is $25.00 per carload (unlimited occupants). Polk County school families will be able to get an unlimited occupant pass for only $15.00 so make sure to spread the word!  Buy tickets early!  Visit the Meanwhile shop for more information.  


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


171 East Main Street (next to Wildflour Bake Shop)

Saluda, North Carolina 28773

Phone:  828-749-9463

Hincapie Bike Event
Saturday, October 25

For the 3rd year, George Hincapie, retired, world class professional cyclist, along with family and friends, is hosting a Gran Fondo in our area!  


Hundreds of cyclists will be pedaling in our backyards and it is time for us to showcase our area and its beauty!  The ride/event planners are looking for many volunteers to make this ride a success.  The most critical need is for course marshals.  Course Marshals provide safety for the riders by letting them know of upcoming changes in direction or dangerous descents and hairpin turns.  Course Marshals also provide information for motorists in case of slowing traffic.     


Course Marshals are needed all along the route from 9am until about 2pm with our most critical areas being around the lake in Tryon, up and down Skyuka Mountain, and any possible high-traffic areas.


Besides front row seats to all of the action and being able to see professional riders on our roads, all volunteers will receive the following for their time and efforts:


A cyclist musette bag (aka "feeder bags") full of goodies like an official Rider's Guide, an offical Volunteer t-shirt, Hincapie water bottle, coupons to local events and businesses, Hincapie socks, and an official event bottle of wine!  Course Marshals are also invited back to the beautiful Hotel Domestique for a FREE, family-friendly festival with live music, blow-up kid rides, food, beer, and a chance to meet the professional riders!  Just wear your Volunteer t-shirt for admittance.

So, for just a few hours of your time on a beautiful Fall Saturday, come out and support professional and local cyclists as they pedal though our area all for a great cause!!  The proceeds from the ride go to and support the Greenville Meals on Wheels which means you would also be supporting a great, local charity!


If you are interested and available, please sign up If you are interested and available, please sign up at Gran Fondo or contact Kimberly Morgan directly at or contact Kimberly Morgan directly at  

Tryon Country Club - Special Labor Day Offer



393 Country Club Road




One Day Only

Sports Membership

Join Now

No Initiation Fee

 Unlimited Play and Pool Privileges

 Take Advantage of "Time For Nine" on prestigious Donald Ross Course

 Labor Day Activities Going on During the Day

 Talk to the Pros and Meet the Members

 Call the pro shop if you can't make it 828-859-5321

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

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

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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

Saluda Faces
Anita Ogden Moore

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   


Bombs, firing squads, and communist governments are not normal parts of an American child's life, but it was for Anita, who was born in Havana, Cuba.  


Her family's story started in 1922 when her dad, Ed Ogden, Jr., moved from his family home place of Natchez, Mississippi to the island of Cuba to join his parents and 3 siblings to take part in the family business, an international food brokerage company in Havana. He met his future wife, Nancy Allen, of New Orleans while she was visiting relatives in Havana on Spring Break from Newcomb College in 1929. Years later, they rekindled their friendship, fell in love, and were married in 1936 in her parent's home on Carrolton Avenue in uptown New Orleans. Havana then became their family home.

Four daughters were born to the couple; two older than Anita, Nicky and Mimi, and one younger, Ellen. All the girls attended American schools in Havana that also accepted Cuban children. Spanish became their second language.


During the time the family lived in Havana, the heat of the summer was almost unbearable even though their home could feel the ocean breezes. When school was out, they would visit family in New Orleans and Natchez. In 1938, her parents heard about Saluda, NC from the Twiggs family, who were also American residents in Havana and had a summer home in Saluda. They arrived in Saluda by train and stayed in the Clippard's Boarding House also known as Ivy Terrace. Mr. Clippard was also their real estate agent and showed them property not only in Saluda but also other mountain property in western NC. They decided on Saluda and a beautiful piece of property was purchased. The clear mountain air was best for her dad who had TB as a younger man. In addition, the Spartanburg Children's Hospital started by Dr. Lessesne Smith was also in Saluda. The family property still remains in the family and is enjoyed by the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of Nancy and Ed.  


The idyllic childhood in Havana was interrupted in January 1959 when Fidel Castro overthrew Dictator Fulgencio Batista and assumed leadership of the country.  


Initially, American and Cuban residents were hopeful that Castro would implement a democracy. After several months, however, the country changed into a more dangerous place to live as Castro began laying the foundation for his communist regime. While their parents tried to shield their daughters from the frightening reality, the children still absorbed some of what was happening. How could it not be avoided when the schools attended where searched every morning to make sure no bombs were in the classrooms.


Hoping the political situation would improve, the family waited and tried to carry on business as usual. Ultimately, when a family friend in the country was shot by a firing squad while defending her home and farm from confiscation, Anita's father knew it was time to ensure his family's safety.

Refuge in America
On February 6, 1960, Ellen was 11 years old and Anita was just shy of 13. It's a day she will never forget; the family packed for a short trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, assuring friends they would see them soon. Anita's two older sisters were now attending school in the states. She was never told by her parents that they would never be returning to Cuba. It was so tragic as the Cuban government confiscated her father's company and their home which meant they lost everything and had to start all over.


Fortunately for the family, they had a home place in Natchez where they moved. The Saluda home was not winterized which made it impossible to live there. Besides that, they had to start life financially again from scratch. Anita and her sister Ellen finished high school in Natchez. After graduation, Anita attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she majored in Advertising/Radio-TV through the Speech Department and minored in Spanish and attained a BA degree.  


She moved to Atlanta in 1970 to work for an advertising agency but several years later changed her career to be the head of the Accounting Department for Van Winkle & Company, General Contractors. It was there that she met her future husband, Bill Moore, a railroad industrial track contractor. They married in 1977 and had their one and only child when Anita was 40. During those years, they would always come to visit Saluda on the weekends. Anita's father died in 1981 at age of 77 and her mom died in 2002 at the age of 92. After her father died, her mother continued to spend her summers in Saluda entertaining her daughters and lots of grandchildren. When Anita's husband died in 2005, she and her son Bo would continue to come up to Saluda. Once her son was a junior at University of Georgia in 2008, she felt it was time to move to Saluda where her two nieces, Mary and Ellen lived.  


Anita found a lovely home out at Lake Hosea with a fabulous perennial garden. She has always loved flowers since a child as her mother was a botanical illustrator and published a book with other illustrators on the FLOWERING PLANTS FROM CUBAN GARDENS. When Anita lived in Sherwood Forest in Atlanta, she became a Master Gardener, president of the neighborhood garden club for 4 years, and the president of all the garden clubs in Fulton County Federation, a member of the Garden Club of Georgia.


Today in Saluda, she continues her love of gardening and all her new friends. She is active in the Petal Pushers Garden Club, Saluda Garden Club, the Women's Club of Saluda, the Single Women's group of Saluda, is a volunteer at the Porpoise Room (an after school program run by her niece Ellen Rogers), and a volunteer for the Saluda Senior Center at the Thrifty Barn plus delivering Meals on Wheels once per week.


Anita says her living in Saluda was like moving to her feeling of Heaven. Her son, Bo Moore, currently lives in San Francisco living his dream as a freelance writer for WIRED Magazine. She absolutely loves life as one can tell from her bubbly personality.


By Anita Ogden Moore


Anita photo courtesy of Bonnie Joy Bardos.  Family photo was in 1952, Havana; Rear, Ed & Nancy Ogden; Mimi, Nicky; Front, Anita on arm of chair with her Grandmother Ogden, and Ellen.   

Food for Fines at Polk County Library

Polk County Public Library will partner with Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry in September to recognize Hunger Action Month with "Food for Fines." During Food for Fines, the Library will waive $1 of overdue fines for each non-perishable food item donated.


Polk County Public Library is committed to providing community-focused service, fostering civic engagement, and supporting positive community change. Hunger Action Month is a movement to raise awareness of food insecurity and mobilize people to help end hunger. North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity in the United States. In Polk County, 64% of students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.


Everyone in the community, whether or not they owe fines, is encouraged to donate food to help neighbors in need. Donations will be accepted at the Columbus and Saluda libraries, as well as on the bookmobile. All collected food will be donated to the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry Food Pantry. Charges for lost or damaged materials will not be waived.

Polk County Public Library has a Main Library in Columbus and a branch in Saluda, as well as a bookmobile that travels throughout Polk County. PCPL offers books, movies, music, audiobooks and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, as well as public computers and wireless Internet access. PCPL offers regularly scheduled programs for people of all ages. To learn more, visit Polk Library.

Childhood in Saluda
More Childhood Musings...
by Clark Thompson


Not all youthful memories require so much elaboration as to create an entire article. However, when pasted together in mosaic-type form, they slowly begin to paint an image of one young person's life. In my case, many small snippets of early events roam around the recesses of my aging brain in a much disorganized fashion. Therefore, it is imperative that I quickly grasp onto and record their sudden but fleeting presence. Only by scribbling notes in a timely manner am I able to avoid losing them once again and possibly forever.

Young folks cannot begin to comprehend what lies in store for them in their later years as the mind progressively starts to go AWOL. If there is a bright side at all to this dilemma, it is that there are millions of folks with whom we can share the simpatico that follows one's gradually fading memory. With that thought in mind, here are a few more awe-inspiring snippets of my yester years.


Mrs. E.B. (Doty) Hall was not only my first grade teacher but was also the same for four of my older siblings. She must have had the patience of a saint to begin formal educational instructions with such large classes. At that time, there weren't any pre-school or kindergarten learning programs. Being the sole first grade teacher in Saluda subjected her to classes with as many as 36 students, which was the size of my incoming grade. I suspect if polls were taken, a high percentage of first grade teachers would be ranked number one by their former students.


For many years, Mrs. Hall was also a nearby neighbor of ours. After I reached the ripe old age of eight, she began hiring me to maintain her yard. The back portion was on a fairly steep slope and consisted mostly of vines, ivy, wild bush sprouts, and weeds; while the smaller front area was essentially grass. The only tools at my disposal consisted of a sling blade, axe, and hand-pushed grass mower. Depending on the frequency of landscape maintenance, the total job usually took five or six hours of fairly hard labor. However, I was always happy to work for her because of her generosity. First of all, she paid me a whopping 25 cents per hour, which was more than any of my other customers paid. Second, she always insisted that I take occasional rest breaks.....with pay! Some of my other yard employers would deduct the time taken to rest. To top things off, she would serve me ice-cold Coca Colas, but never Pepsi's, in lieu of the water which most customers offered. Back then, both colas cost a nickel each, but it was a big deal to me that she was generous enough to offer a soft drink for refreshment. Then she would brag to my mother about what a hard worker I was. How a kid could not be filled with fond memories of such a sensitive and kind first teacher! Young folks today could never comprehend the significance of how such a small gift could become a big memory later on in life.  


Which leads to a segue on Pepsi. In an effort to compete with Coke, Pepsi decided to come out with a twelve-ounce bottle versus the smaller six-ounce Coke bottle and recorded a timeless little jingle about it. You older duffs should remember it: "Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that's a lot, twice as much for a nickel too; Pepsi Cola is the drink for you." Now I have no idea what the bigger size did to the bottom line of Pepsi's financial reports, but it quickly converted me and most of my friends over to their side. Now with twice the liquid, you could pour two packages of Tom's toasted peanuts down the bottle neck and still not run out of liquid. To do that with Cokes would require purchasing two bottles. And remember that nickels were real money at that time.


Later on when my friends and I started experimenting with cigarettes, most brands sold for twenty cents per pack. That amount was not always easy to come by, especially during the winter months; so, we often tried to bum smokes from older males.  When that failed, we even tried rabbit tobacco for home-rolled style and on one occasion tried smoking coffee grounds rolled up in brown paper. However, neither of those provided any pleasure since they gave no nicotine kick. They were also so bitter in taste that I'm not quite sure why we even bothered to try.  Another frequent technique involved picking up discarded cigarette butts from the street, re-lighting them and drawing those last few puffs while holding them between two toothpicks. This was before filters were added so we toked on those tiny butts until the fire started to burn our lips. Only then were any remnants let go.


As we grew into teenagers, smoking became more addictive which made it tough to go through a school day without a couple of puffs. That problem was usually solved by sneaking off the school grounds during lunch to the next door building which once housed a library and is now used for apartments. It was easy to hide under the structure and stay out of sight of teachers. Although had any of them tried looking for us, they probably could have seen or smelled the smoke from some distance.


Once addicted to cigarettes, the habit continued unabated through my high school years. Our basketball coach never mentioned it but was aware of some team members having this habit, and he tried to punish us for our transgressions. It was not unusual for him to push us through an hour or more of hard scrimmaging and then run us like dogs around the perimeter of the court for as many as 100 laps. Even though we refused to give up the habit, we were never out-winded by any competing teams.


By the eleventh grade, most of us smoking buddies had been outed, and there was no reason to try to hide the habit anymore. For several years, I had denied my addiction when challenged by my non-smoking mother,even resorting to chewing green pine needles on occasions. However, she could smell it on my clothes, but I would always say that I had been around other smokers. When she insisted that I let her smell my breath, I quickly learned to make a blowing sound in my throat without expelling any air, but that trick never worked either. I hated the lying, but not enough to give up the nicotine.


At this point it became much cooler to walk around with a cigarette tucked neatly behind my ear rather than a No. 2. pencil. However, the ultimate in being awesome was to walk around with a rolled-up cigarette pack inside the sleeve of a white t-shirt. With a ducktail hair style, I had down-pat the James Dean look long before that bad guy actor was ever heard of. To hide a pack from view simply meant stashing it inside one's socks that were then tucked inside tight peg-legged blue jeans. It also helped to prevent the crushing of the cigarettes in the pack.  


Unfiltered brands such as Camel, Chesterfield, Pall Mall, Old Gold, Lucky Strike, and Philip Morris were the more common brands, but as young people, we had no brand loyalty. Nicotine was nicotine. We just wanted that kick. Marlboro's were avoided because they had been promoted since the mid-'20s as girlie smokes with filters and the advertising slogan that they were "mild as May." However, they went from being a niche player to the macho man's cigarette after a series of weathered-face cowboy actors began to dominate their marketing ads in the early '50s.  


My personal smoking habit continued until I was employed by Chemstrand in Pensacola during the summer of 1963. The first several months were spent in classroom training where I went from a one pack to a two pack per day smoker and soon started to have lots of sore throats. About that time, my employer began showing all employees recent video discussing smoking risks. That did it for me! I went cold turkey and never looked back.

Ironically, three of those long time actors who helped propel Marlboro from a small market to the world's most popular brand of cigarettes died from either lung cancer, COPD, emphysema, or a combination thereof. But I guess the money and fame was good while it lasted.


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