Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                                                                   October 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
Brown Bag Collection
Halloween Stroll
Turkey Dinner
Saluda Tailgate Market
Polk County Big Sweep
Top of the Grade
Saluda Downtown Foundation
City Notes
Christmas Parade
Saluda Center News
Better Bellies
Saluda Community Dog Park
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
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
Saluda Scoop
Tryon Garden Club
Tour de Falls
Hincapie Bike Event
Green River Race
Tryon Arts
Tryon Writers Read
Saluda Faces
Saluda's Ozone
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!
Mountain cottage perfect for a get away made perfect with your special touches. Sits on a knoll with shady trees. Walkable to downtown for shopping, dining, library, and socializing. 2BR, 1BA, .69 ac, MLS#570294 $127,500

Enjoy your private mountain retreat in a remodeled cabin on 9.2 acres with springs, pond, hardwoods, and lush greenery. Outdoor living on flag stone patio with stacked stone fireplace. Secluded but only minutes to downtown. 2 BR, 3.5 BA, 2197 SF, Loft with bedroom, 2-car garage/workshop/studio MLS#570408 $347,800



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


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  

Lot 29, 1.81 ac, $49,900, MLS#569729    


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

1.74 ac on Henderson St., MLS#569914, $90,000 


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, $21,900, MLS#474915

5 ac on Valhalla Ridge, Views, MLS#568404, $57,000 

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

5.39 ac on upper Green River, riverfront, MLS#570283, $260,000 


 Click here to see all land listings featured at Cathy Jackson Realty.


Looking for a Fall 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 September 30, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     22            13                    

Homes 2013     23            0      


Land 2014          6            2                     

Land 2013        16            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 0 properties  

Polk County - 6 properties  

Henderson County - 49     


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 August 31, 2014 


YTD Statistics Detail August 31, 2014


 5 Property Tax Questions You Need to Ask

1. What is the assessed value of the property?

Note that assessed value is generally less than market value. Ask to see a recent copy of the seller's tax bill to help you determine this information.  

2. How often are properties reassessed, and when was the last reassessment done?  In general, taxes jump most significantly when a property is reassessed.  
3. Will the sale of the property trigger a tax increase?
The assessed value of the property may increase based on the amount you pay for the property.  
4. Is the amount of taxes paid comparable to other properties in the area?  If not, it might be possible to appeal the tax assessment and lower the rate. 
5. Does the current tax bill reflect any special exemptions that I might not qualify for?  For example, many tax districts offer reductions to those 65 or over.



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

This issue of Saluda Lifestyles is dedicated to the memory of Robert Pace.  Robert passed away October 1, 2010.


Robert Pace


Dates to Remember

Autumn Artist's Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard on Main Street, Oct 4, 10-4. 


Saluda Downtown Foundation (formerly Small Town Main Street) meets Tuesday, October 7 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, October  7 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, October 1, place McCreery Park Pavilion.  Free chili dinner at Saluda Center Oct 9. 


Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.


The Historic Saluda Committee regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, October 10 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


Contra Dancing Saturday, October 11 at 7:30pm for lessons, 8pm dance starts at Party Place & Event Center.    


Octoberfest, October 12, 12pm to 5pm, Back Alley Barn behind Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill on Main Street.  


Women's Club will meet October 14 at 10am at  Saluda Presbyterian Church. 


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., October 16 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.
Saluda Garden Club will meet October 20 at 10am at Saluda Library and carpool to a garden tour.   

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, October 27 at 6pm.   


Halloween Stroll, Friday, October 31 in downtown Saluda 3pm to 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
Note of Thank You

Thank You to everyone who attended the Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out.  It was a wonderful day and a great turn out of people.  A special thanks to everyone that served and to the band, but most of all to Fred & Terry Baisden who organized the event.  Charlie would be very happy to see all of Saluda having a great time together.  


--Judy Ward

Brown Bag Collection

Supplemental emergency bags of groceries will be distributed to anyone in need on the third Friday of the month for the next six months beginning September 19, 2014 at Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda. The distribution of these bags will take place between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Friday afternoons at the church parish hall located at 72 Charles Street in Saluda. This will be a "no questions asked" gift of hospitality to anyone in need. Supplies may be limited so come early. Distribution will be first come first served until all available bags have been distributed.  


For more information call the church office: 828-749-9740.

Saluda Halloween Stroll

The City of Saluda's Police Department, in conjunction with Saluda businesses, will hold its annual Halloween Stroll, Friday, October 31, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm. 

The event is from Nostalgia Courtyard to across the bridge. Businesses will be handing out candy and surprises while the City's police department keeps the children safe while crossing roads.

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Saluda Methodist Church

turkey The annual Saluda United Methodist Church's Turkey Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Saluda School cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


The meal will include turkey and dressing with gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, homemade desserts, and a drink.  All this for only $4 per child...12 and under... and $8 per adult.


Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 6, by Methodist Church members.  You may also buy tickets at the door.  Take-out plates will be available.


Call 828-749-3789 for questions or comments.

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate Saluda Tailgate Market

Fridays 4:30-6:30

May 2-October 31, 2014


Plan your week's menus around the fall produce from our local farmers. You will eat fresh, support local farms, and enjoy community! Come and see what our local farmers and vendors have to offer you.


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

By Shelley DeKay 

Sponsored by the
Polk County Big Sweep

big sweep Please help this year be even more successful for Polk County's Big Sweep.  The cleanup will begin on October 25 at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Green River volunteers will meet at the Fishtop Access parking area on Green River Cove Rd.   


Volunteers can contact Polk County Coordinator, Mark Byington, at 864-979-7436 for more information or go to the Big Sweep website at to learn more.

Top of the Grade Thank You & Recognition

The Saluda Downtown Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following people and organizations for donating money, time, and energy that made the 2014 season of Top of the Grade Concerts a huge success.  


Asbill Family of Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Flyer Distribution

Mary Ann Asbill, Promotions

Carolyn Ashburn, Logistics

Don Clapp, Banner Set Up Rigging

Fred Baisden, Support

Terry Baisden, Support

Barbara Cardais, Beautification

Greaton Sellers, Beautification

Lynn Cass, Logistics

Mike Cass, Logistics

Shelley Dekay, Logistics

Livvy French, Logistics

Debbie Hahn, Support

Chuck Hearon, Photos & Lighting

Cathy Jackson, Promotions

Don Mintz, Ella Grace Mintz Stage

Sean Mintz, Ella Grace Mintz Stage

Anita Moore, Logistics

Catherine Ross, Logistics

John Savage, Banner Set Up Rigging

Mark Schmerling, Photos & SFD Marquee

Rima Synnestvedt, SFD Marquee

Debi Thomas, Logistics

Judy Ward, Logistics

Susie Welsh, Banner Set Up & Beautification

Holly Wildey, Logistics

Amy Zollo, Logistics

Staff of City of Saluda, Tent Set Up & Administration


Other Contributors

Saluda Tailgate Market, Musician Water Bottles

Polk County Community Foundation    

Donors of Top of the Grade Ella Grace Mintz Stage

Tryon Daily Bulletin

All of you who attended the concerts and supported the musicians.

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


To All City of Saluda Residents:

You will notice your water bills show a new account number. The City has recently changed to a new billing system. The change in account numbers should only affect those who pay directly through the bank, so you may want to notify your bank of the new account number.

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

** Guided Imagery each Tues. at 9:00 am with Cassandra Nelson and Aikido each Sat. at 10:00 am with Ken Gardner, have been added to the monthly activity calendar.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Oct. 2 at 2:00 pm. "Inventions of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd will be discussed.  


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues. Oct. 14 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., Oct. 16 at 6:00 pm.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Oct. 27 at 6:00 pm. Bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends or make new ones. Everyone is welcome.


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 Dog Park

Work is continuing on the agility course at the dog park: the area has been fenced, weeds cut, grass planted, and 3 ramps are temporary installed for your pets to use. 


Please make sure all gates are closed when you leave the park.


The Saluda community dog park is possible because of generous volunteers and donors.

Saluda Community Land Trust


The Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) has been diligently working to control Kudzu in the Saluda area for the past several years. Through volunteers and a gracious grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, SCLT has made progress!


We will be sponsoring a "Kudzu Education" night for those interested in what SCLT has accomplished and what future projects are in the making for kudzu and other invasive plants. We will be talking about the different methods and tools that are used, the time of year to engage in these activities, and what landowners can do to help control their kudzu problem.


You are invited to come to the Saluda Center on October 9 at 6pm for a free Chili dinner. There will be at least 4 different types of chili and the program is directed to both children and adults. SCLT encourages the community to come and see what you can do as a property owner in taking the initiative in helping to control kudzu in Saluda and surrounding areas. This is a free event and everyone is invited. Bring your children and neighbors for an informative evening to expand your knowledge of how you can help to control kudzu in our community.


Walks in the Woods:

October 5-Cove Mountain-Two to three miles of easy to moderate walking, lasting about two hours. We will walk to private property off Holbert Cove Road and Scout Camp Road.

October 19- Waters of Camp Creek Upper Trail-Two miles of moderate hiking. Enjoy the fall spectacular of the upper portion of the trail.


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.


Thank You to all who came out and helped with the Adopt-A-Highway project!  


Monthly meetings first Wednesday of the month at 3pm, October 1 at the McCreery Park Pavilion. 


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

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Our October meeting will be a "hands-on" project. We will be making a unique birdfeeder from a cup and saucer. Bring a cup and saucer and $6.00 to cover additional material.   Please join us on Monday, October 20 - 10:00 a.m. at the Saluda Library parking lot to carpool to our location.


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

We are so fortunate to have the many healthy, beautiful old trees we enjoy in our Saluda community. We can thank the generations who were here before us for protecting them or, at least, for not cutting them down.


Probably, more than at any other season, we appreciate their beauty when leaves are turning red and gold in fall. The conifers stand like sentinels among the leafy branches in contrasting dark green uniforms.


Aside from their aesthetic value, do we tend to forget their tremendous practical benefits? They purify the air we breathe, help to control storm water damage from run-off, increase property values, and help provide for less energy consumption.


How can we help our community to become greener and healthier? It requires everyone to take part actively in support of our Saluda community Tree Preservation Association and Saluda's branch of Tree City USA, looking now toward the designations.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson   

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet on Tuesday, October 14 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  Our guest speaker will be Doris LaFever, owner of the Crust and Kettle Eatery out on Ozone Drive where she serves up homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. She will talk a little about her life here in Saluda.  Come hear about various community services that she does and learn more about what's inside the doors of her eatery.  You will be surprised!   As always, all women of the community are invited to attend any of our meetings.   


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

A very special thank you goes out to Pauline Gordon Corn for her recent oral history interview. Pauline did a fantastic job and had obviously put much preparation into it. Pauline was born to John and Evelyn Gordon in 1931. They lived in the Mountain Page Community near where Lake Hosea is today. In 1934, Pauline's parents bought a store from a Mr. Ramsey who ran a general store where City Hall is today. In 1943, they purchased the building where Ward's Grill is today. Their business was called Gordon's General Merchandise, where they sold groceries, hardware, dry goods, feed and fertilizer. At the age of twelve, Pauline was allowed to go to work in the store and she relayed this was one of the highlights of her life. The Gordons operated the store until 1948, when they sold it and moved to Hendersonville. Another interesting fact about Pauline is that she is the granddaughter of Marion and Matilda Gordon. Marion was known around these parts as the "Fiddle Maker." Pauline shared stories and pictures of her grandfather along with a small ledger upon which Marion had recorded the sale of his chairs, stools and handmade fiddles. His "violins," as he called them, were sold for $10 apiece. Pauline was married to the late Lenell Corn and currently lives in Hendersonville.

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, October 10, 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 9:30am


Guided Imagery for Healing (Donation only) 

Tuesday 9:00am, starting in October. Please be early since the door will be locked at 9:00am to prevent distractions!
  • 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.

Isothermal Community College is offering two new classes.

"Yoga for the Rest of Us" begins on Thursdays, October 2 - Nov. 6

"Yoga for the Eyes" begins on Friday, October 24 thru Dec 5, no class on Nov. 21


Both classes start at 1 pm and the cost is $25 for each 6 week series. For more info and class description, contact ICC 828-894-3092 to register or Jo Rytter, 828-440-1160. 

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


October 1     Fifth Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition Day

October 3    Alexander's Ford field trip for 4th grade

October 3    End of the 1st Six Weeks of School

October 6    No School for Students:  Required Teacher Workday

October 7    Fall Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting in Raleigh  

October 7    Assembly:  Duke Energy's Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove"

October 7    Report Cards

October 8    International Walk to School Day

October 8    "Dance About Anything" professional development for teachers

October 10   Fire Prevention Activities with Saluda Fire & Rescue

October 13   School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns

October 16   Mass Vision & Hearing Screenings for 1st, 3rd & 5th Graders  

October 22  "Dance About Anything"  professional development for teachers  

October 27  Interim Reports

October 31   Half Day for Students--Dismissal at 11:30am

October 31   Faculty/Staff Dress Down for Charity



This report, which may be accessed online at:, highlights how the A+ philosophy and A+ Essentials are implemented uniquely in three different schools.  Saluda Elementary is one of the three schools highlighted in this report! For more information about the A+ Schools Program of the NC Arts Council, please visit their website:  or email Michelle Burrows, Director of NC A+ Schools, at


Click on this image and help support Saluda School.  Just put in the name of a Saluda School student and start shopping! 



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


October Pre-School Storytimes
1st & 3rd Mondays at 10:30am
Oct. 6: Apples & Leaves
Oct. 20: Pumpkins & Jack O'Lanterns

Pre-School Storytime is designed for children ages 3-5 but is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
October Afternoon Adventures & Sam's Reading Buddies
Mondays at 4pm
Oct. 6: Spooky Science with Hands On
Explore the science behind spooky special effects with Dr. Bunson and Dr. Beaker! This class explores structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo change.
Oct. 13: Sam's Reading Buddies
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!
Oct. 20: Cartooning Workshop
Local cartoonist, author, and illustrator Steve Barr will teach a cartooning workshop. Learn to draw aliens and monsters!
Oct. 27: Sam's Reading Buddies
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!

Afternoon Adventures is designed for children in grades K-5 and is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation


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

Turkey Dinner by Saluda Methodist Church, November 8 


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.


Kat's Cleaning Service Saluda, NC
Cell-828-674-6108, 828-749-4076, Professional Cleaning-Specializing in "Deep Cleaning."  This includes moving jobs from Houses that are For Sale, or Sold. Also "Spring Cleaning," etc. Will do "once a month" jobs. Please call Kathie for scheduling and to get an estimate.


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.

Ida Virdella Thompson Bright, 95 died Aug. 28, 2014. 


Cindy Ho of Saluda and Asheville died September 25. 

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. 


The Good Life

Many superlatives are used to describe this time of year in Saluda when Mother Nature paints a palette of its most brilliant colors. Leaf turning season captures the wonderment of the outdoors and inspires that "life is good" feeling in all Saludians.  


You just can't get enough of the fresh, clean air and peering at the cerulean Carolina sky that is the backdrop for gold, rust, red, and orange foliage. Get outdoors and play in Saluda this fall. Hike mountain trails to waterfalls, meander around winding mountain roads with the car windows open while passing mountain vistas,  zip line through breath taking old growth forest or just sit on a bench on Main Street and watch the world go by. It's all good in Saluda. 


Click here to reserve accommodations in Saluda. 


Fall Color Information Links 

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Color Report  


The Official Visit North Carolina Travel Web Site 

1-800-VISIT-NC (1-800-847-4862) 

The Weather Channel Fall Foliage Report 

The Fall Foliage Network 

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in October

Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner

Tuesday, October 14 @ 6 PM

In February of this year, named Bell's Two Hearted the best IPA in the world. Many of our customers (and staff) would agree. Bell's Brewery, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and founded by Larry Bell as a home brewing supply shop in 1983, sold its first commercial beer in September 1985. Beer was initially brewed in a 15-gallon soup kettle, and the company has grown remarkably from its production of 135 barrels (1 barrel = 31 gallons) in 1986 to over 248,000 barrels in 2013.   


Tuesday, October 14, we will be tasting five of Bell's beers, along with seasonal selections from our kitchen chosen to pair with them. Chambli has the samples and is working on the pairings so details should be available soon. Please check our website for more information and call us at 828-749-1179 for reservations.    


Live Music in October    

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


October 2 -   Beth Wood

"Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat - a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice." - Washington Post.

October 4 -Charleyhorse

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

October 9 - Jamie Laval

Winner of the 2002 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and one of the premier Celtic performers on the international music scene today.

October 11 -  Gigi Dover & Big Love

Two of The Purple Onions favorite musicians return. These old friends' live shows move effortlessly from high-energy to low-swampy grooves and back again.

October 16 - Tellico

Unbridled organic Appalachiacana, featuring the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle and Stig Stiglets (formerly of Dehlia Low) with Aaron Ballance (formerly of Dehlia Low) on dobro and lap steel and Jed Willis (formerly of Town Mountain, Wooden Toothe) on mandolin, clawhammer banjo and telecaster.

October 18 - Lonesome Road Band

A favorite bluegrass band from Hendersonville returns. From the more traditional sound of the great Bluegrass bands of Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs to the classic rock era of the 60's and 70's with The Byrds and Crosby,Stills and Nash , their seamless vocal arrangements move effortlessly around with every song.

October 23 - Calvin Edwards Trio

A talented, entertaining jazz guitarist, vocalist, and producer that we thoroughly enjoyed when he debuted at the Onion earlier this summer.

October 25 - Laura Blackley Band

Musician, writer, farmer, WNCW radio host, and Renaissance woman from Asheville returns,

October 30 - Michael Reno Harrell

He's back. A classic storyteller with a voice that's part Marty Robbins, part John Prine.


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 



October 4 - Private Event (Danny Taylor's annual BBQ)

October 11 - Contra Dance (Beginner's start at 7:30, dance starts at 8pm. )

October 18 - Private event. Closed to public.

October 25 - East Hendersonville High School Dance


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.    



James Metcalf Cold Creek Band

October 3 - Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) 6pm with special guests Soul Vision

October 9 - "Your Carolina" show with Jack Roper, WSPA, channel 7, 9am

October 17 - Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) at 6pm

October 31- Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) at 6pm


Saluda Family Restaurant is located at 1346 Ozone Drive, Saluda, NC.



green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT

What's new at the "BREW DEPOT"?

We had a wonderful party on Sunday, September 21! LunaSpiral & Friends danced while various folks helped Steve to make music. The usual kids and dogs attended and we welcomed friends from Philadelphia. Belly dancers presented Don Clapp a birthday cake to celebrate his birthday.  


Halloween - Thursday, October 30, 6:00pm

Spooky Potluck & Costume Contest, LunaSpiral and Friends

Bring your instruments and join us in our usual musical fun!    

What about birthday celebrations? Whose birthday is coming up this fall? Let me know and we'll help you celebrate Depot style! 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

dancersextensionDancer's Extension

We continue to welcome new students for the 2014-2015 dance season!  We offer instruction for ages 3-18 in introductory lessons, ballet, contemporary and jazz.  Contact the studio for more information and to find the class that's right for you!


On October 5, students grades 4 and up are invited to travel with Ms. Sonya to attend the Greenville Dance Festival in the beautiful Greenville County Schools Fine Arts Center.  We will be learning from regional and national dance educators in a variety of different and interesting genres.  At the end of the day, we'll see a live performance given by these acclaimed instructors!  It will be a very fun and educational event!


Adults are welcome to join us for weekly classes and at the Greenville Dance Festival, too!  We offer adult instruction in beginner ballet and Hot Pop! dance fitness.  It's never too late to do something good for your health!  Beginners are always welcome!

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 Fall Contra Dance Highlights Halloween!

Come join us Saturday, October 11 for our celebration of Celtic Contra and our Halloween dance at the Party Place and Event Center. Music will be by Jamie Laval who will take you on a quiet and jubilant journey with his violin. And Roger Gold on guitar will keep your feet moving to the contra beat. Caller is the ever popular Charlotte Crittenden and her enthusiasm is contagious! Lessons are from 7:30PM to 8PM with dancing from 8-10:30PM. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18. Besides the dancing, there will be food and, of course, outrageous costumes. Start working on yours now! For more information visit our FaceBook page Blue Ridge Contra! See you on the dance floor!

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.   


Artist Guild of Spartanburg Award of Excellence

Saluda artist, Jim Carson, recently won a $500 Award of Excellence for 2-D in the 41st Annual Artists Guild of Spartanburg Juried Show. The award winning painting was entitled "Local Chicken", 20x24, and was a painting of the free range chickens on the farm of Shelley and Tom Dekay on Pace Mountain Road near Saluda.


Jim Carson Selected for Fall Party in Beaufort, N.C

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has been selected as the featured artist for the 2014 Beaufort Historical Association Fall Party, in Beaufort ,North Carolina, benefitting the Beaufort Historical Association.


The event features an art show and sale on Saturday, October 18, at 6:30 PM at the homes of Bob and Donna Ivey and Dale Pully. Jim will have over twenty five paintings in the show, many featuring the boats, harbor and street scenes of the charming sea coast town of Beaufort, N.C.


There will be a private preview sale on Thursday night, Oct. 16, for Sponsors and Patrons only, at the Historical Association building on Turner Street, in Beaufort.


Jim will also give a two day plein air workshop in Beaufort on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 15 -16. This workshop is full, but there is a waiting list. Therefore, if interested, contact Patricia Suggs at


Jim's Saluda Oct 23-25 Plein Air workshop is also full, but because of possible cancellations, there is a waiting list. For more information, or to get on the waiting list, contact Jim at, email or call 828-749-3702.

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chicken house The Old Chicken House  

(Studios and retail space for creative people.)


Here's an idea for you--a project just for fun or to use as a gift idea!


Are you already a collector? If so, you know the satisfaction of coming across an item just right for adding to your collection.


Come visit the Hen's Nest, an area inside the Old Chicken House set aside as an indoor yard sale. If you're not a collector now, you might see something that strikes your fancy and you can begin. For instance, you can find many examples of vintage jewelry you can wear or can use in a huge variety of craft projects. I'd love to suggest some so that you can make something and say, "I made it myself."


But suppose you need a gift for a special person. Begin a collection of a favorite thing for them. They and others can enjoy adding to their collection for a long time to come. A few suggestions might be pottery mugs, very small mirrors to hang as wall decorations or, perhaps, miniature vases the right size for three little violets in the spring or dried grasses right now.


The Old Chicken House has these and more.


Join the Chicken House Collectors Club. We'll shop for you when you join; leave your name, how to reach you and specify the type item you collect. We'll contact you when we find it.


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

Wrap Yourself in American Craft!

Join us for a Special Trunk Show  Saturday, October 11


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 Artist's Autumn Fair

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!  


For more information call 828-749-9224. Nostalgia Courtyard is at 173 E Main St., Saluda, NC

Octoberfest At The Back Alley Barn/Boarding House Venue (Behind Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill) October 12, 12pm to 6pm
Featuring Chef, Irmy Chmieleuski.  Come and enjoy great food, beer and music.  Tickets are $20 and available at Thompson Store/Ward's Grill and The Dressing Room.  Cash bar.  

Random Arts 

Paint, Paste, Collage and Play with Wilmington artist, Kim Wood Beller on Oct 11 & 12.

Create your very own, personalized book in this 2 day class. Focus on a theme such as family, friends, pets, gardening or your everyday writing or art work. You will leave with your handmade art journal filled with fun, interesting, dimensional and tactile pages...and lots of inspiration to continue the process when you return home. Beginners welcome!  

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


Workshop: Fall on the Blue Ridge, Saluda, NC

Dates: October 20-24, 2014

This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations, have an early lunch ("Dutch") at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint. 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. The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants. For more information, please visit, call 828-749-3101 or email




Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos

will have Open Studio Saturday on October 4 and 11 from 1-3 p.m. at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street. Paintings, sculptures and note cards are available and commissions arranged.


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

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


Photo caption: "Along The River" by Bonnie Joy Bardos 

Saluda Scoop

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


Crust & Kettle Eatery

Call ahead for daily special 828-749-3503


Mon and Tues 10-5

Wed 8-4

Thurs and Fri 10-5

Sat brunch 9-1 close 5pm

Closed on Sunday


Tue, Thurs, Sat Reubin Sandwich Special

Homemade Desserts


Last Sat of each month there is a Charity Yard Sale from 8am-2pm. Space fee is $10 and you bring your own table.


The 10 dollars plus 10% of profits go to the charity of the month and October is Breast Cancer.


Watch for other special events!


Located at 1487 Ozone Drive. 



With my first Fashion Show successfully behind me, the newest fall apparel has been leaving the racks surprisingly quickly, but several late deliveries have helped to fill in the gaps and make for plenty of fall availabilities. 


Speaking of fall, it's come so fast that Christmas seems just around the corner. The Dressing Room is looking to get you on a "jump start" on that Christmas shopping list by offering a 25% discount on all gift items. So don't get stuck with last minute shopping, when you can get some great deals on a variety of unique and personal gifts right now! Stop by the shop and check out the Gift Boutique (and maybe even find that perfect outfit for the holidays in the Appeal Room).



On Sunday, October 12th , from 12 - 6 PM, Chef Irmy will be cooking all the food for Octoberfest at the Back Alley Barn, located behind Thompsons Store. Authentic German food & music will be the highlights of the festival. Tickets are available at Thompsons Store & The Dressing Room Etc. Join us for a fun Fall Sunday afternoon in charming Saluda, NC. 


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


Looking forward, Irmy



The Oaks Bed & Breakfast 

We rise before the first rays of morning light peek through the trees. The aroma of fresh brewed coffee and breakfast fill the kitchen and waft through the house. Magically, our guests materialize and, with mugs in hand, gather in the parlor or on the veranda.  


A short time later, they are seated, introductions are made and "breakfast is served."  


To read guest reviews of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast experience is to know that everyone raves about the menu we prepare. Guests that book for an extended stay will tell you that they greet each day with a different, sumptuous morning meal.


For years, a genuine crowd pleaser has been our Baked Apple French Toast - a delicious preparation featuring our locally grown apples. This is the first time we have published a recipe from our crowd pleasing collection.


Watch the faces of your holiday guests "light-up" when you serve this Oaks Bed and Breakfast Favorite - or - enjoy this delicious start to your day, in our lovingly restored Victorian mansion, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, by calling The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at: 828-749-2000. Visit us online at: or on


Recipe for Baked Apple French Toast 

1 cup brown sugar
2 tbls white corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
3 or 4 large apples


Peel and slice apples in medium size slices. In large skillet, melt the butter, add apples and simmer until apples are almost cooked, add brown sugar and corn syrup and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Pour into 13 x 9 x 2 glass baking dish.


Layer 6 bread slices (crust trimmed) on top of apple mixture; add a second layer of bread, for a total of 2 layers. Make sure bread is a snug fit.


5 eggs slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt


Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and salt in bowl to blend. Pour over the bread and apples. Cover with foil and store in fridge. (Can be prepared the night before.)


Bake French toast at 350 degrees, uncovered for approximately 45- minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut into serving portions. Using spatula, invert each portion on serving plate so that apple side is up. Garnish with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and serve.


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The Orchard Inn andearly morning

Newman's at The Orchard Inn.

Last month we hosted a fashion show with Irmy from the Dressing Room as a fund raiser for the Foothills Humane Society. Thanks to the generous donations of many of our local businesses, and the fabulous turnout of 80 attendees, the silent auction and raffle raised $1100 for the Humane Society. In addition, we adopted a 10-week old kitten named Edward. He and his pal Newman look forward to greeting you here on your next visit! Since we re-named the restaurant after Newman, it's really gone to his head, and he's been walking around like he owns the place. Newman's Restaurant 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 delicious 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.


It may seem a bit early, but now is the time to start making plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Click below to see our special events and packages that we have for each of those holidays! Check out these events here. 


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"

October 23, 8 to 10am at Ward's Grill.  Sponsored by Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance and Cathy Jackson Realty.  

Wine Tasting in the Grill October 3, 4 to 6pm with Empire featuring 14 Hands.

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 are $20 and available at Thompson Store/Ward's Grill and The Dressing Room.  Cash bar. 


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


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


Thrifty Tuesday with the 10% off $25.00 purchase.


Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm. 

Ward's Grill, open Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm, Saturday, 6:30am to 3pm.


The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.Like us on Facebook

Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ

Daily specials $5.99

Tuesday - Small pork sandwich with homemade slaw

Wednesday - Guinness bratwurst on a pretzel roll with homemade slaw

Thursday - Black Angus Burger with fries

Friday - 2 Piglets with homemade slaw

All daily specials include coffee or tea.


Some appetizers are $2.00 off Tues-Thursday.


Several new appetizers include Sausage Dip made with Charlie Ward's Sausage! It is getting rave reviews! Grit Fritters are excellent and very different. Guinness Brats with pretzel roll, spicy mustard and Cassondra's homemade Chow Chow!


Soups and stews are on the menu again! Smokehouse Chili also! We have also put creamed spinach back on the menu!


On tap we have Wicked Orchard Hard Apple Cider and Blackberry Cider. Local brewed in Henderson County! Seasonal favorites like the pumpkin ale, Octoberfest and winter ales and porters are starting to arrive.


As always...Pint PBR and Narragansett just $1.50 everyday all day!


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   


Saturday --  October 4 -- Nostalgia Courtyard -- 10 am to 5 pm!!!  Don't miss this year's Fall Artist Fair.  Local artists will be offering pottery, photography, wood art, jewelry, leather work, Halloween hats, fabric art, dried flower and nature arrangements, birdhouses and so much more.  We have so many talented artists in Saluda and the surrounding area.  This is a great opportunity to appreciate and support their work while you get some amazing, original gifts for friends and family. (And maybe something for yourself, too.)  We are super excited to have THE HOGTOWN SQUEALERS, from Brevard, NC, back again.  This is one of the best groups you will hear this year.  They will have every toe tapping and hand clapping as you listen to their Old Time and Honky Tonk Music. 

Molly is nearly finished with her new fall hurry on in and order up your favorites from the summer menu.  Then come on back to see what new favorites she is cooking up.  (And yes, of course, the Great Chicken Pot Pie will be back!)

This is the last month for the Saluda Tailgate Market, so don't miss a single Friday.  It's a long time until next May.

Thanksgiving Order Sheets are ready and we will be happy to add your order to our schedule.

The fall leaves are expected to be stunning this year.....hope you all take plenty of time to enjoy them.


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


Wildflour Bake Shop  Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
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Meanwhile Events for October 


October 3, 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.  


October 4, Saturday: Nostalgia Courtyard Art Fair

10 AM till 4 PM. Join us and get your holiday shopping finished early! Music, food and fun.


October 10, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

Pick up a  Wildflour Pizza to take home or meet your friends & eat here. Complimentary Wine Tasting 5 - 7 PM. 


October 17, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

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


October 24, Friday:  Wine Tasting / Open till 10 PM

Enjoy Tasting a new wine while meeting friends & family at Wildflour Bake Shop for supper. Wine Tasting 5 - 7 PM.


October 25, Saturday: Wine and Sign Book Signing 1 - 5 PM

Saluda Writers' Guild will be on hand with books for everyone on your gift list. Join us for snacks and wine tasting and meet the Authors.


October 31, Friday:  WineTasting / Open till 10 PM

BOO! Pizza makes a great supper before heading out for Tricks or Treats. Stop by Wildflour Bake Shop for a Halloween pizza! We are open till 10 PM on Friday night.


Meanwhile October Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00PM  Every day and open late on Friday

Open 10 AM till 10PM 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 Introduces Online Account Opening

Everyone leads busy lives these days. You don't always have time to come into the bank. Macon Bank has all the tools you need right at your fingertips to do your banking. We brought you Online Banking, Mobile Banking, and Mobile Deposit. Now we are announcing our newest feature, Online Account Opening.


Macon Bank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, and Certificates of Deposit. Online Account Opening allows you to apply for these accounts on your own time, from the comfort of your own home. Using our safe and secure website, you can apply for a Macon Bank account with just a few clicks.


This is just one more way we are making banking easier for you. Macon Bank has always been dedicated to service and convenience for our customers. For more information, visit us online at, or stop by our branch at 108 East Main Street.


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

Random Arts  

Have you been to Random Arts? Do you know about their fabulous clothing? Is it a gift that you are looking for? Are you in need of a creative outlet?


Here's what our customers have been saying...


"Wow, what a pleasant surprise, I had no idea what your shop was like". or...

"Thank you for helping me look so good, I love it!" or ...

Oh, you have art supplies, now I don't have to drive to Hendersonville." or...

"I feel like a new person when I wear these awesome clothes." or...

"Being here at Random Arts is going to my Happy Place".


40% -50% off selected scarves & wraps.

You can stock up with our beautiful lightweight SALE scarves, and you'll be ready for cooler weather, with our new selection of colorful and stylish scarves that will keep you warm and cozy when you need it. Choose from Pashmina, wool, cotton and blends.  


Bargains Galore Sat., Oct 18 - Arts & Crafts Supplies Flea Market

You will see us all set up outdoors at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Vendors will be bringing in their new, used, slightly used art supplies from 10am till 4pm. You'll find paints, paper, jewelry supplies, quilt supplies, scrapbooking supplies, fabric, laces, trims, rubber stamps and a whole lot more. Everything is priced to sell! Our vendors do not want to take anything home with them. Come early and stay late and bring your shopping bags!


New Fall Women's clothing arriving weekly.

Need a wardrobe makeover? You'll be pleasantly surprised to see all that we have to offer in our Random Arts Women's Boutique. Try a long flowing skirt, a comfy softer than soft tunic, our warm and cozy jackets, comfy leggings and layering pieces to match your active lifestyle.


We cater to your every whim and will assist you into taking you from one season to the next. Our goal is to keep our prices low, our service exceptional and our customers happy, all with a friendly welcoming smile.


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     


Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift & Consign 160 W. Main, over the bridge across from BBQ. If you haven't made it in yet, you are in for a nice surprise. We have filled the shop with all types of treasures with excellent items on consignment from Saluda and Tryon residents cleaning out parents homes, moving and just "spring cleaning in fall"--antiques, art, glassware, etc. We have a kids section perfect for grabbing a birthday gift or just a "treat." Donations for the charities are increasing. Wounded Warriors has profited from items donated by Joe Adams. The Saluda Community Land Trust has sold a big item from an unnamed donor, and lots of folks have choosen to "mix" the charities so they all get some.  We are gearing up for October with a huge markdown on hundreds of small items in order to make room for more.  Hours are Wed - Sat 11 - 4ish, Sun 12 - 3 or by casual appointment, 828-606-1748.  We will pick up items for seniors and disabled.  Thank you!  


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


Saluda Gem Mine has several pieces of history in the rock room, literally.   In 1962 The Polk County Rock and Mineral Museum was open here in Saluda by W.C. Ashley.   It used to be located where the Saluda Grade Café is now located. Eric Ashley, the grandson of the late W.C. Ashley has graciously loaned the Gem Mine several specimens of Rocks & Minerals that can be found locally. The Ashley family has continued to cherish their now private museum and Eric himself is still quite the rock hound.  


At the Gem Mine, we have framed one of the rock room's front windows to display these pieces of history and will be framing the other front window to display others from the Museum that are found in other states and countries.   We are very proud to have these pieces on loan to help educate everyone as to some of the gems and minerals that can be found native to NC and around the world.   The Polk County museum has been closed now for 42 years, and we are very grateful to the Ashley family to be able to share these pieces of history.


In our mining buckets, the Gems and Minerals that can be found are those that can be found locally and in other countries.   We also have a fossil find bucket. Our water trough sluice is covered and we will have a water trough sluice inside through the winter as well. We have group discount rates for 5 or more miners; we can also host birthday parties as well.   We have gemstone necklaces, loose stones, and other jewelry items.


For the Wicks and Wares side of our shop, you will find Soy candles made right here in the shop in scents that are holiday favorites and the classics too. They make great gifts as a 2 in 1 gift. Not only do they make a room smell great, but the 100% soy infused with essential oils make very nice skin moisturizers, too.


Benefits of Our Soy Candles: 100% Soy (from soybeans, a natural renewable source), 100% cotton wick (no metals), infused with essential skin safe oils, heals cuts, surface burns, dry skin, helps psoriasis, dermatitis, so those pesky dry hands, heals, elbows, etc... your skin will thank you when you lavish them with the melted soy from your handmade candles.


Our 100% natural line of soaps are also skin beneficial. With almost 2 dozens of scents to choose from, including one that has zero scent (for those who have scent allergies), you are sure to find one that you'll love. Some have medicinal attributes that include the mica mineral, kaolin clay, and aloe.

For those who love to get Rose's Jams & Jellies at the tailgate market on Friday, we carry her Jams & Jellies right here in the shop so no need to wait till Friday if you run out! Finally, our newest addition is a small line of Angela's Essential Oils, made in Tryon.  


Mention that you have read this newsletter and get 50 cents off a large bar of soap for the entire month of October.  

Looking forward to meeting more Saludians, both "the been here's and the come here's."  


Jason & Melisa Smith at Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares, 101 East Main Street (across from the Post Office) 828-691-9723. Hours are 10 am till.... Closed Tuesdays.  

Tryon Garden Club Fall Classes 2014

At Pearson's Falls Glen, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC

These classes are being offered on a variety of topics for your personal knowledge & enjoyment. The money collected from each class goes toward trail maintenance at the falls.


Fall Classes 2014

Fee: $5 for each class, plus gate admission of $5.00 for adult non-members. Limit for each class is 15 participants.


Location: Garden House at Pearson's Falls


Materials: Bring your own notebook & pen.




Date & Time




Edible & Medicinal Plants for the Fall Season




Tuesday, Sept. 30



Rain date:

Thursday, Oct. 2


June Bradley, Herbalist


Learn the "magic properties" of familiar plants & how to make a tasty twig tea.



Geology of Native Plant Communities


Friday, Oct. 10



Rain date:  

Friday, Oct. 17


Timothy Lee, Interpretive Ranger Naturalist for SC State Park Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area


Tim will discuss the relationship between native plants & the soils & geology of Pearson's Falls.


Tree Care




Monday, Oct. 13



Rain date:

Thursday, Oct. 16


Todd Mullen, Arborist


Join Todd as he teaches us how to recognize potential & critical problems affecting our trees & forests. Demonstrations & examples of remedies will be included. Bring any questions about tree problems you may have in your yard.


Please mail this Enrollment Form with your check to:

Tryon Garden Club

Fall Classes 2014

2720 Pearson Falls Road

Saluda, NC 28773

Tour de Falls
October 18-19, 2014

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


The Event Parking Area is located near the DuPont State Recreational Forest High Falls access area at 89 Buck Forest Road Cedar Mountain, NC 28718 (GPS 35.191111, -82.622778) As you get close to the High Falls access, follow the Tour de Falls directional signs to the event parking lot. *Tip for smart phone users: Google DuPont State Recreational Forest and click on Directions.

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

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

Tour Guides will be on each bus and at each stop to provide information about the history of the area and our efforts to protect the historical and natural resources within this 10,600 acre forest.

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

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

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

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

For directions, membership applications, and additional DuPont State Recreational Forest info visit our website or call: 800-828-4244 Hendersonville Visitors Center open 7 days a week. 828-883-3700 Brevard Chamber of Comm.& Visitors Center open Mon. - Fri.


Tour de Falls is an event sponsored by the Friends of DuPont Forest (FODF). October 18 & 19, 2014.

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 at Gran Fondo or contact Kimberly Morgan directly at or contact Kimberly Morgan directly at  

Green River Race

green race The 19th Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, November 1 at high noon. Over 100 racers, passing through the most majestic section of the river, and from all over the World, will compete for the first place trophy . The spectators that make the trek down Pulliam Creek Trail (off of Big Hungry Rd) will witness someone kayaking The Gorilla every minute for almost 2.5 hours. It is said this is the "greatest show in all of sports." The energy is electric and the fun factor is always high.


Check out or American Whitewater for spectator directions and more information about the happening of the day.   

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

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

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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

Tryon Writers Read
L-R Lee Stockdale, Susan McNabb, David Riddle, Monica Jones, Lavin Cuddihee
Tryon Writers will perform their second
annual reading at the Tryon Fine Arts Center's Peterson Amphitheater on Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to this free event featuring readings of original prose and poetry from a selection of Tryon Writers: Lee Stockdale, Monica Jones, Lavin Cuddihee, Susan McNabb, Greg Lobas and David Riddle.

Monica Jones is the 2014 Sidney Lanier Poetry Prize winner for her poem Silvertown and is also a past contributor to Bold Life and Carolina Home and Garden. Susan McNabb is author of the novel Drop Dead Gorgeous (by Suki McMinn), writes the weekly column Tryon Diary for the Tryon Daily Bulletin and contributes to Life in our Foothills. Lavin Cuddihee recently enjoyed a starring role in the independent film Cinema Purgatorio, and spearheads, with others, the new Polk County Film Initiative. Greg Lobas' work has appeared in Outdoor Life, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Magazine, and a variety of other national and regional magazines and newspapers.


David Riddle, from Saluda and a former Polk County middle school science teacher, is "in the process of processing my past (and present) through writing, mainly memoir, poetry, and short fiction." Lee Stockdale is the 2013 Sidney Lanier Poetry Prize recipient and author of the novel Murder of Law.
Tryon Writers is a purposely inclusive and expanding group whose goal is to promote the literary arts in our community. In case of rain, the readings will move inside the Fine Arts Center
. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Author, Jack Shuler Discusses New Book
Saluda Library, October 17, 7pm

Jack Shuler discusses his new book that he started in Saluda at the Saluda Library, Friday, October 17, 7pm



A History of the Noose


The story of a rope, a symbol, and rough justice in America.

The hangman's knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol, one that is all too deeply connected to America's past - and present.

The Thirteenth Turn (PublicAffairs, 2014) unravels these stories, from Judas Iscariot to the Jena 6, from the execution of John Brown, Perry Smith, and Richard Hickock, to the lynching of Dick Wofford in Landrum, S.C. In his travels across America, Shuler traces the evolution of this execution technology.

Shuler's account is a kind of shadow history of America: a reminder that vigilantes and hangmen play a crucial role in our national story. The Thirteenth Turn reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget.

Jack Shuler is John and Christine Warner professor and associate professor of English at Denison University. He is the author of Blood and Bone (2012) and Calling Out Liberty (2009). He began writing The Thirteenth Turn in Saluda.

"The Thirteenth Turn is a thoughtful, profound book.
Jack Shuler has taken an object we are all too familiar with in our history-the noose-and found in its story an urgent lesson on how to live."

- Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking


"Richly researched and beautifully written, this is an essential history of our country
"-Boston Globe


"Thoroughly engaging ... a finely tuned study"

-Washington Post


"The Thirteenth Turn is a thoughtful, profound book. Jack Shuler has taken an object we are all too familiar with in our history-the noose-and found in its story an urgent lesson on how to live."
-Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking and Death of Innocents.

Saluda Faces
Mary Jo Wannamaker

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   


Being close to things natural at work and at play virtually dominates Mary Jo Wannamaker's life, and living in Saluda couldn't compliment that lifestyle any better.


It all started years ago when  Mary Jo's parents, the L.B. Wannamakers of St. Matthews, South Carolina, picked Saluda for their mountain home.  Mary Jo spent weekends and summers during her teenage and college years in Saluda, coming to love the things it offers and its people. "Ben and I were actually married here at the Church of the Transfiguration.  Mom and Dad still come up here almost every weekend," she said.


"Bike riding, hiking, and contra dancing are things we like to do in Saluda," Mary Jo said through a wide smile.  "We're just happy here," she said, speaking for her Ben and their two children-a daughter in graduate school and a son who has taken a job on the West Coast.


Mary Jo has a business life in Saluda as well. "I brought my business with me when we moved here permanently two years ago."  She was able to combine her education-Duke, Texas A&M, and a PhD from North Carolina State in plant breeding-with experience in the family's L.B. Wannamaker Seed in St. Matthews.  The result was her own company, Wannamaker Seeds, which she now operates from Saluda. It's a specialty company involving seed development, production and sales for the agricultural industry.


L.B., Mary Jo's dad, took the family business in South Carolina from producing stock seed for farmers to seeds for wildlife and game management.  Mary Jo's company specializes in onion seeds-the famous Vidalia onion, to drop a name-and most recently, seed production for edamame, an edible soybean product which is popular in the Far East and relatively new in the United States.  "We've also produced some wildflower seeds as well."  She sells seeds to farmers and to major producers whose vegetable products can be found at the local supermarket.


"I love working with the farmers-selling them seed," she said, "and I really like being on the front end of the growing season."  It is also convenient, she said, to be able to "warehouse my seed right here in Saluda."


"This is such a community-oriented place," she said, speaking of Saluda. "I've been involved in the Saluda Land Trust, the Saluda Business Association and the Tailgate Market." She said people in the Asheville-Hendersonville-Saluda area "have such great ideas up here.  People get involved."  Once she established her own company and knew she could run it from her home office, "there was no way that I was not going to move up to Saluda."


After looking for a place to build, Mary Jo and Ben settled on a heavily wooded hillside tract with a beautiful mountain view. Although it is just minutes down a narrow lane from Saluda's Main Street, it is secluded.   She sat on the screened porch with her two Springer Spaniels and smiled. "We just love it out here. Sometimes I feel like I'm twenty-five miles from anywhere."


By Ken Webb
Saluda's Ozone

Saluda Magazine, from first issue published in 1936 by Susan Leland Craig from 1936-1938.


Without understanding the reason why it should be so, many have seen and felt the improvement in health brought about by a change to the Saluda climate. The story is told of a Mrs. Williams from Europe, who in search of relief from asthma, accidentally came upon Saluda. It was in the early days of the train, which often had to wait here at the top of the grade for some reason or other. One night when the train was delayed here and all the passengers had to spend the night at "Mountain House," the hotel operated by Col. A. Tanner, Mrs. Williams happened to be among the passengers. Next morning, she enthusiastically told Col. Tanner, "This air is marvelous. My search is ended. Here's where I stay. For the first time in years, I've had a real night's rest, Please have my baggage left right here." So Mr. and Mrs. Williams bought a site and built a home on what is now known as Stackhouse Hill, commanding one of the most inspiring views in this section. There they lived many years, enjoying the scenery, study­ing bird life, rambling over the mountain trails, until finally Mrs. Williams was completely cured and decided to return to Europe.


Many other equally sensational cures have been effected here-cures of tuberculosis, nerve trouble, malaria, and all children's diseases. It is the children especially who are benefitted by Saluda's climate.


Many persons have been heard to say, "I don't know why it is so, but I just feel better in Saluda." Then when a U.S. Government report stated that, with the exception of one Village in Italy, more ozone is released in Saluda's atmosphere than at any place in the world, folks had a reason feeling better-OZONE. There can be no "seeing is believing" business about ozone. It is one of those things that have to be taken by faith. And while it is the source of jest and merriment, it quietly goes on doing its health work.


Mr. E.H. Gaines gives this explanation of ozone: When the warm winds from the South blow over the low country and strike against Saluda Mountain as against a wall, they must rise up the side of the mountain. As the warm air rises upwards over an almost perpendicular distance of 800 feet and through a change of 12 degrees in temperature, filtering through a mass of foliage, chemical changes are brought about, causing it to release into the atmos­phere in great quantities that peculiar quality or gas known as ozone. So we find the peculiar circumstances causing the generation of excessive quantities of ozone are the sudden change in elevation and temperature and the filteration of air through an abundance of leaves.


Official government records show Saluda has an average summer temperature of 70.72 degrees Fahrenheit; spring. 53.49; autumn, 53.48, and a mean for the year of 54.15 degrees. The relative humidity is only 65 per cent. 

Childhood in Saluda
Some Friendships Endure the Ages
by Clark Thompson


Unlike most young Saluda males seeking attention from summer girls, I was lucky to have several young ladies whose family homes were located in my immediate neighborhood. Thus I was able to enjoy these platonic friendships over several summers. They first began to develop around the onset of puberty and continued throughout most of my middle teenage years. While a couple of these girls were my age or slightly younger, several others were "older women" by a year or two, and extremely attractive.


Sisters Nicki and Mimi Ogden--whose family, including two younger siblings, Anita and Ellen, was eventually forced to flee Cuba during Castro's takeover--lived just up the hill on Piney Mountain. They were hands-down two of the most vivacious and most sought-after square dancing partners in town because no matter how intoxicated or odorous the potential dance partner, these two sisters treated each one with dignity and class. Both would dance every set with their heads thrown back and a huge smile affixed to their perspiration-drenched faces as though they were having the best times of their lives.


Lucy Holman was also one of my nearest, but slightly older, neighbors (oops!) who frequently invited several of her girl friends from South Carolina to Saluda for brief stays each year. Their more mature age was very intimidating to me and resulted in my being quite uncomfortable when I was around them. On occasions, Lucy would tease me by telling her friends that I was her Saluda boyfriend. I could feel my face turn crimson with embarrassment and would begin to fidget as only a nervous post-pubescent boy can do.


One of those occasions is stilled burned into my memory. Lucy had hollered for me to come up and meet some of her girl friends who at that time were sitting on a rock wall adjoining the driveway to her house. There must have been five or six of them and all were pretty, just like Lucy. I had previously met one of her friends, Mary Moore Milling, who at that time had stolen the hearts of a number of older local boys, as well as mine, and was one of the most sought after summer girls due to her stunning good looks. Nervousness immediately set in as I desperately tried to remain cool while introductions were made. Once again Lucy jokingly proclaimed me as her Saluda boyfriend. My immediate response was to begin awkwardly prying chunks of green moss from the stone wall, followed by stripping even more from the driveway. It didn't take long for me to remove a fairly large amount of moss that soon littered the ground.


Suddenly looming out of the corner of my eye appeared Lucy's grandmother, Mrs. E. T. H. Shaeffer, who was literally horror-struck by what I had done. In front of all these cuties, she proceeded in a very firm voice to read me what must have been at least a five-hour riot act for desecrating her beloved and nearly sacred collection of moss. Her tirade was frequently interspersed by references about how shocked and disappointed she was in me, which just added to the humiliation. When her lengthy admonition finally ended, I was totally overwhelmed with timidity and slowly slinked back to my home.


Since I was her exclusive "yard boy," Mrs. Shaeffer called me a few weeks later and asked if I could come up and clean her "piazza" in preparation for an afternoon social party. Since that word was not part of my vocabulary, I hesitated to ask its meaning, but assumed I would find out soon enough. A short time later, I knocked on the back porch screen door to let her know of my arrival. Her more detailed instructions were to thoroughly rake all leaf debris from the piazza and then to carry several folding tables and covers to that area. After retrieving a rake from under her house, I proceeded to groom the area immediately adjoining the back entrance to the house and walkway which led around to an expansive front porch. When she finally realized what I was doing, she once again asked that I concentrate my efforts on the piazza. I was still too embarrassed to ask what she was referring to, so when I gathered up the tables and covers, I just stacked them next to the screen door. Her frustration finally began to get the best of her as she grabbed an armload of covers and asked me to follow her. Only then did I have any inkling about what she had been speaking of. To me her piazza just looked like a couple of stone walls with built-in seating and a grill.


On another occasion, Lucy had a house full of girlfriends but this time things were different. The sounds of male voices had begun to drift from the large front porch that summertime afternoon, which indicated that a boyfriend/girlfriend party was most likely in the making for that evening. Although I honestly don't remember being the instigator of the prank aimed at these out-of-town lover boys, logically I would have been the only local to have had knowledge of the gathering. Anyway, by nightfall, four of my friends and I had borrowed a bumper jack and several large wooden blocks with the intent of raising the rear wheels of one of the visiting male's cars off the ground so none could leave the driveway.


Now for anyone who is not familiar with bumper jacks, there is a fairly loud click as each notch catches while the car is being raised. Despite the steady laughter and loud voices emanating from the nearby porch party, those sounds weren't enough to cover the muffled laughter and clicks being generated as we worked in the darkness to accomplish our dastardly deed.


No sooner had we gotten the first rear wheel resting on a block and had begun to work on the second, the sounds of excited voices from the porch began to pierce the air. Our stealth had not worked and it was time to haul buggy. Unfortunately, the weight of the car was too much and time was of the essence so the borrowed bumper jack became lost luggage. Like scattered pigeons, we raced down Pine Street to Esseola Drive and briefly paused for a rest when suddenly there were approaching sounds of a roaring engine. "How in the heck were they able to get that car back on the ground so quickly?" was the question that I would still like an answer to! However, with no time for slow decisions, we scampered up the nearby ivy-covered bank and hid behind some very large eastern hemlocks. After driving back and forth several times, the males in the chase car eventually gave up the hunt and drove back to the party, but not before leaving numerous loud comments about what specific part of our bodies they were going to whip should we dare to reappear.


Now more than 60 years later, I still enjoy the distinct pleasure of occasional brief visits with Nicki and Lucy on my return trips to Saluda. Some friendships just seem to be built for endurance.  


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

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