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November 1, 2014

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Voting Locations
Turkey Dinner
Brown Bag Collection
Saluda Bell Ringer
Saluda Tailgate Market
Polk County Toy Run
Saluda Downtown Foundation
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Better Bellies
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Green River Race
Hometown Christmas
Christmas Children's Workshop
Saluda Tailgate Market Report
Chritmas in Community
Small Business Saturday
Saluda Scoop
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Sharing Saluda-Saluda Magazine
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   

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 Western NC MLS Listing
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NEW on the Market!

Mountain home with stone and wood on 3+ private acres with beautiful nature scenes and mountain view. 3BR, 3BA, garage. MLS#573106 $297,500


Home features new wood floors,new tile in chef's kitchen, open floor plan, 9 ft ceilings, gas fireplace, split-bedroom floor plan, back fenced in yard, huge front flat yard with mountain view. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#573198, $168,000. 


Spacious country style home with large covered front porch, open floor plan, 9' ceilings, a private garden paradise. Garden cottage with electricity, 384 sq feet, ceiling fans and covered front porch. 2 car garage, generator, paved driveway off of paved state road. 3BR, 3BA, 2951SF, 2 car garage, MLS#572587  $315,000   

Mountain cabin on 3 ac surrounded by trees and seclusion for privacy. Enjoy great room with hardwood floors, stone fireplace, wood beamed cathedral ceiling, wrap around deck, spiral staircase to loft, lots of storage, finished basement. Extra room in basement can be used for 3rd bedroom. 2BR, 2BA, 1998 SF MLS#571794 $248,500 


Mountain Cabin features 12 ft cathedral ceiling, pine wood tongue & groove walls &ceilings, newer roof, move in ready, large screened in porch overlooking a wooded private lot. 2BR, 1BA MLS#572872 $127,000

LAKEFRONT home with private dock, provides peace & good times.  MLS#571739 $262,500 UNDER CONTRACT!  

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

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 


A little Victorian,a little farmhouse,a lot of history.3BR, 2BA, 3 car garage, 1ac, MLS#567973 $329,900


Beautiful Deltec home, living in the round. A super year-round mountain retreat surrounded by trees and other established plantings.  2BR, 3BA 1.2 ac, MLS#567668 $225,000


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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 $35,000 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



NEW! 6+ ac on Green River, Silver Creek Tubing, MLS#572171, #175,000

 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 October 31, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     31            12                       

Homes 2013     28            0      


Land 2014          7            1                      

Land 2013        18            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 3 properties  

Polk County - 8 properties  

Henderson County - 44      


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 September 30, 2014 


YTD Statistics Detail September 30, 2014


Saluda Service Directory
service directory Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 
Click here to download the 2014 directory.
Please support Saluda's local service providers.

Directories can be picked up at Macon Bank, Post Office, City Hall, and the Saluda Library.

Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember

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


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, November 4 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, November 5, place Saluda Prebyterian Church office. 


Turkey Dinner by Saluda Methodist Church at Saluda Elementary School, Saturday, November 8, 5pm to 7pm.  


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, November 14 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


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


Women's Club will meet November 11 at 10am at  Saluda Presbyterian Church. 


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., November 20 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.
Saluda Garden Club will meet November 17 at 10am at Saluda Library.   

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, November 24 at 6pm.  


Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market, Saturday, November 29 1 to 3pm.    


Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and others... study group meets the first Sunday of every month from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at the Saluda Center.  For more information call Arlene at 828-817-3979 or Kathy Tyrrell  at 828-674-2692.


Make A Joyful Noise Community Music at St. Matthews Church on Irwin St. 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 3pm. Park at West Main St. Public Parking and walk over to church. 


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.
Voting and Election Day

One-stop or early voting for the 2014 November 4 municipal election is located at the Polk County Board of Elections Office, 40 Courthouse St. Columbus, NC


Open 8am - 1pm Saturday, November 1, 2014

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Hours at all polling places are from 6:30am to 7:30pm. The sites are as follows:


Columbus Municipal-Columbus Town Hall

Tryon Municipal-Log Cabin-Harmon Field

Saluda Municipal-Fire Department


For more information about voting registration, please call Karen Lawrence, Deputy Director of Elections, Polk County at 828-894-8181.

Henderson County Saluda Residents Polling Location is at the Mountain Page Community Building, November 4, 2014 from 6:30am to 7:30pm. One-stop and early voting is October 23 until November 1, 2014 at Henderson County Board of Elections, 75 E Central, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Click here for dates, times, and additional location.

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.

Brown Bag Collection

Supplemental emergency bags of groceries will be distributed to anyone in need on the third Friday of the month. The remaining dates are: November 21, December 19, January 16 and February 20 at Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda. The distribution of these bags will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 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 Bell Ringers

max On November 28, the day after Thanksgiving, The Saluda Bell Ringers will begin our 9th Christmas Season of manning a kettle for The Salvation Army on Main street. We will again be located in front of M.A. Pace store. This will be each Friday and Saturday through Saturday, December 20. The hours are 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm, and 3pm to 5pm. We are happy to see our veterans return each year and welcome anyone who would like to join with us and become a bell ringer. If interested, please call Max McGinnas at 828-749-9111, Neill Bultman at 828-749-1264, or you can leave your name and number with Leon at M.A. Pace store. We look forward to seeing our Saluda neighbors and visitors come by the kettle this season and pray we will have another successful season of helping those less fortunate.      


FYI to veteran bell ringers: The annual volunteer appreciation lunch normally held the week before Thanksgiving has been moved to January. No final date had been set as of last week.

Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market

Mark your calendars for our one special Holiday Market, the  Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 1-3pm.  We hope to include local, agriculturally focused craft along with trees and wreaths, along with our usual fare. See you at the market!


Saluda Tailgate Market is in the West Main Street parking lot.


To learn more about how to sign up to vend or sign up for the weekly e-news letter, please visit or contact Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713.


Sponsored by the
Polk County Toy Run

toy run When: November 29, 2014

Location : Saluda Fire Department, 64 Greenville St.,  Saluda, NC

Event Times : Registration 11:00 AM ~ 2:00 PM

Parade : Starts at 2:00 PM Sharp.  Police Escort for the entire way.

Registration Fee : $10.00 per person or a $10.00 or more NEW toy.


This event will feature barbeque, music, door prizes and more!


This is held the last Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Saludians are invited to turn out on Main Street before 2pm and cheer the riders on. All motorcycle riders are invited to participate in this ride. Motorcycle riders come in from both North and South Carolina to make sure that children in need get a toy for Christmas.   


The route the riders follow starts in Saluda, NC, at the Saluda Fire  Department parking area with room for up to 1000 + bikes.  They move out in parade fashion and travel down highway US-176 to pass through Tryon, NC, while in route to Landrum, SC.  Arriving in Landrum, SC, the riders turn left and go through the town of Landrum, SC crossing over Interstate 26 in route to Green Creek, NC. Once they arrive there, they then turn North on NC-9 to Mill Spring, NC.  Then riders turn West on NC-108 to Columbus, NC, and terminate at the front steps of the Court House.  There will be ample parking in front of the Court House for the motorcycles to park in normal diagonal fashion. The toys are placed on the steps and wall for all to see and admire.  The column of bikers each year is about 10 miles long.  They travel at about 40 mph on the entire route in staggered 2 by 2 fashion.


The Polk County Sheriff's office would like to thank all of the motorcycle riders that participate in this event and hope that it will only grow larger each year.  For more information contact Barry Gee 828-817-3084 or email

Saluda Downtown Foundation  

Saluda was designated as a "NC Small Town Main Street" September 2012.   


The Saluda Downtown Foundation is filing "Articles of Incorporation" with NC state and subsequently applying for a 501(c3) status.  The organization has formed volunteer committees for economic structuring, promotions & marketing, and design & appearance.


The LocaVestor program has been renamed to "Friends of Saluda" and guidelines and applications are available to Saluda downtown businesses for matching grants.


Monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library.
CityCity Notes


On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Cindy Hemenway was sworn into office by Mayor Fred Baisden assisted by Commissioner Leon Morgan, as the new Saluda City Clerk and Tax Collector. Cindy has lived in Saluda for the past 4 1/2 years and has been a volunteer for the Saluda Welcome Table, is a board member on the Saluda Community Land Trust, and a member of the Design Committee for the Saluda Downtown Foundation.  


In late May, Bill Obermiller became the new Public Works Supervisor and resides in Hendersonville.  He comes from the commercial building industry.  He was active in Saluda School PTO.  Bill will be overseeing the maintenance of water, sewer, streets, and parks under the control of city.


We encourage you to stop by City Hall when you get a chance, and introduce yourself to your new staff!


Thank you,

Cindy Hemenway

City Clerk

City of Saluda



Help Pave Pace Par


cornucopia-flowers.jpg Show your gratitude to family and friends this Thanksgiving season by investing in a Pace Park Paver in their name or memory. 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  

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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 November Calendar.  For more information about activities orto find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.


Guided Imagery each Tues. at 9:00 am with Cassandra, Aikido each Sat. at 10:00 am with Ken and Drumming Circle each Wed. at 5:00 pm with Rima. There is no charge, donations accepted.


Beginning bridge lessons on Mondays from 9am-11am through December 2. Lessons are $10.00 per lesson per person. Tollie (Curtis) Ross, an American Contract Bridge League certified teacher will lead the course.


The Saluda Center Book Club will meet next on Thursday, November 6 at 2:00 pm. The selection for the month is "The Light between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman.

 "Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day's boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple's reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. M. L. Stedman's vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light Between Oceans."--Malissa Kent


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues., Nov. 18 at 2:00pm 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., Nov. 20 at 6:00 pm

Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Nov. 24 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 strengthen muscles we don't use in our daily activities. When our "core" (belly, back & torso) is strong, we breathe better and digest better; our whole body is fit and happy; we walk with confidence and improve our balance.


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


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


Thursdays, 12:00-12:45  


Special price for Better Bellies: donation

Tribal Belly dance

Level 1, Beginner - New class starting September 3


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


Level 2, Intermediate (must have completed Level 1)

Wednesdays 6:00, $12 per class


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

Saluda Community Land Trust


SCLT celebrated another successful "Kudzu Education" night that was open to the public. We had a good crowd of hungry chili eaters and a very stimulated group of inquiring minds wanting to learn more about controlling kudzu. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to help with this project. What a wonderful evening!

The kudzu goats were back at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Pearson Falls Road. There were 20 beautiful and hungry goats with their boss Moses the dog. This was their last feeding of the year here in Saluda but we have plans to bring them back next year.


These kudzu events were made possible by many volunteers and by a grant through Polk County Community Foundation who has been very supportive of SCLT!


As always we remind everyone kudzu work can and should be done year round. As we go into the winter months, this is the perfect time to deal with kudzu attacking your trees. Reach up as high as you can and cut the vine. As the wind, rain and snow fall it will take the vines from the trees. In the spring the birds can use the old dead vines for nests. The trick is to get it out from under the tree and as far away as possible.


Are you looking for ideas as to what to give your special friends, family members, and loved ones for Christmas? How about a membership to SCLT? Membership is only $25.00 per person for one year. Did you know that we are an all-volunteer organization? You can join us and volunteer on a specific project anytime without a long-term commitment. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3), so any donation is tax deductible


Do you want to have a place for you and your family to take a day off and wet your feet? SCLT has been working to preserve Twin Lakes, an area that has deep history within the Saluda Community. If you are interested in reserving this spot for a festive occasion or would just like to take the day off with family and friends, please call our office at (828) 749-1560. This is a perfect time of the year for artists to use this site for educational purposes and also for families to think of reserving it for the seasons ahead. This is a reservation only facility, and a donation will be greatly appreciated.


Through the coming months SCLT will be working to improve trails and other projects, and we always need more volunteers. If you wish to volunteer for any of our projects, please call our office at 828-749-1560.


The next SCLT meeting will be Wednesday, November 5 at 3 PM. We will meet in our office, located in the Presbyterian Church. The public is always welcome.


 Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at (828) 749-1560. You can leave a message on our voice mail and we will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Saluda Garden Club members and guests will meet in the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Library at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 17. The first part of the meeting will be a general business meeting with discussions of new officers and program ideas for 2015. The second half of the meeting will be open for sharing holiday decorating tips, recipes, holiday crafts, etc.


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

pickard It's apple time in our mountains! Baskets filled with apples grown in Polk and Henderson counties are for sale in Saluda's grocery stores and at roadside stands and markets. North Carolina is listed in the media as the seventh largest apple producing state in the nation.


Have you thought about how beautiful apple trees are throughout our four seasons?


Stark bare branches in winter are sometimes blanketed in snow and ice. Spring brings the renewal of life with tender green leaves becoming a profusion of pink and white blossoms. As summer progresses, the infant buds of the fruit mature into the luscious red, gold, or green apples of late summer and early fall.


A few orchards allow visitors to pick their own apples, an experience kids may remember for a lifetime.


Of course, in order to preserve the trees and the quality of the fruit they pick, there are a few rules to follow when picking. Rules may vary from one orchard to another but, generally, are very similar.


Containers (bags, boxes, or baskets) are purchased. Ladders designed for apple pickers are carefully placed against the tree. The ripe apples must be handled to avoid bruising.


Pickers must be careful not to damage a limb or to break off the fruit spurs (buds which make the next year's crop). The container filled to level to prevent spilling if tilted slightly, should be handed down to a helper on the ground. The container may be weighed to determine the cost of the picker's harvest. The container should be kept cool so the apples remain fresh and crisp.


Usually an owner or staff member at the orchard or the local market can advise which species are best for cooking or for eating or which may be old favorites or are new cultivars.


Homegrown apples are welcome gifts for others by visitors who come to WNC, sometimes a traditional pilgrimage every fall to take home a taste of the mountains.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson     


Click here to locate apple farms to pick your own apples. 


Painting is by local artist, Beverly Pickard. Visit her website at 

Women's Club Meeting

The WCS will meet on Tuesday, November 11, at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church. Our guest speaker will be Melisa Smith from Saluda Gem Mine, Wicks & Wares.  Her shop is chock full of gems and minerals from all over the world.  She even has a special display of gems on loan from Martha Ashley's Gem Museum.  She is a wealth of information on gems and minerals and their healing powers.  Melisa also makes soy candles which not only smell good they are good for your skin as well.  We will all get to try the candle's magic on our hands.  She will also be telling us about how we can mine our own gems out on the deck of the shop.  Hope to see you at the meeting.  And as always, guests are welcome.  Saluda Gem Mine is at 101 East Main St., Saluda, NC 28773 across from the Post Office.

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


Simple Tip You Can Use to Preserve Photographs

Do you have tons of photographs deteriorating in old photo albums or just thrown in empty boxes, but don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive archival quality scrapbook material? No worry! Here's a tip from Heather South, an archivist with the Western Regional Archives, a part of the State Archives of NC. First, find acid free photo boxes. You may need a few of differing sizes. They don't need to be expensive and you can find them at places like Wal-Mart, but read labels carefully. If you have photos stored in those old magnetic albums, carefully remove them since they are not archival quality and are slowly destroying your photos. Remove all rubber bands and paper clips from your photos because they too are destroying your photos. Never use glue, tape or anything sticky on your photos. Try to find boxes close to the size of your photos so they can't move around too much. Using plain copier paper (not color) cut sheets to the size of your photos, then layer the photos with one sheet between each photo. Believe it or not your home printer uses acid free paper and is perfect for this project! If you are limited to the size of the boxes you can find, just make sure to put the largest photo on the bottom and proceed to the smallest. If your photos move around in the box, just crumple up some paper to gently stuff around the edges. Photographs are simply layers of chemicals. Those chemicals can vary depending on when the pictures were made. When you allow photographs to touch one another, over time those chemicals can react and breakdown. This simple process will help to preserve your photographs for many more years to come. For more information about the Western Regional Archives office go here:


Two Ways to Let Us Help You Preserve Your Family's Heritage

  1. 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.
  2. Don't want to part with your family photographs or documents? Let us scan them for our archives. That way we will have a digital record and you can rest assured that your family history is preserved.

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 or will arrange to meet you so that we can scan your photographs.


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, November 14, 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. 

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

November 2014


CONGRATULATIONS! The National Association of State Title I Directors and the United States Department of Education are sponsoring the Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program. North Carolina will be permitted to select a Title I school to proudly represent the state at the national level in one of two categories. One school will be selected for high performance for two or more consecutive years, and one school will be selected for high progress. We are proud to inform you that Saluda Elementary has met requirements for the National Title I Distinguished Schools Award for high performance and will be eligible for selection as a National Title I Distinguished School.


Upcoming Events

November 5      "Dance About Anything" professional development

November 7    PreK-5 field trip to Tryon Fine Arts Center for Viva Flamenco Carlot Santana performance

November 10    5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition Day

November 10    School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

November 11  Holiday---No School

November 14  End of the 2nd Six Weeks of School

November 18  Report Cards

November 21  Dress Down for Charity

November 24 Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

November 24  Holiday Variety Show Auditions

November 26 Optional Teacher Workday---No School

November 27 Holiday---No School

November 28 Holiday---No School

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.  



Keeping Saluda School Kids Safe 

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


Pre-School Storytime

Nov. 3 @ 10:30am: Cats

Nov. 17 @ 10:30am: Thanksgiving


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


Nov. 3 @ 4pm: The Wonderful World of Reptiles

In North America, reptiles are everywhere, especially in the southeast. Like it or not, we share our home with these cold-blooded creatures! Experts from Chimney Rock will teach kids the natural history and conservation of our scaly friends with the help of some live animals.


Nov. 17 @ 4pm: Creative Writing for Kids

Brittany Hampton Tokar will lead an exercise designed to get kids thinking and creating something of their own on paper. Brittany has an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught creative writing locally at ICC in Columbus. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in various literary journals and have received a number of literary awards. She wants writing to be fun and freeing for kids of all ages and has co-created a creative writing workbook for children.


Sam's Reading Buddies

Sam the therapy dog loves to listen to stories.  
Kids can have fun and improve their reading skills at the same time!


Nov. 10 @ 4pm

Nov. 24 @ 4pm

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


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 12, Children's Christmas Workshop, December 13   
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

Piano Lessons with Patricia!

Experienced International Music Educator-MA-- All ages/ levels. Variety of styles, theory, composition, and performance. Lessons are great fun! The piano studio is in Saluda at 144 West Hwy 176 (across from Green River BBQ). Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email


Music Connection Sessions

These music sessions are for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten children and their parents/ grandparents. Emphasis is on involvement and having fun-- the emotional experience between adult and child; as well as basic music skill competence...singing, keeping a beat, experimenting, listening, and participating with joy. An important and beautiful opportunity to connect/bond. Weekly classes will begin in November.  Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email at  

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.)

Space available for Beauty Shop.  Recently redecorated, plumbed and ready for occupancy... perfect for the only beauty shop in town!   Call 828-749-9224 for information. 


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.

Hazel "Beth" Pace, 68, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Norman Alfred Goodwin, Jr., died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Lloyd Thomas Thompson, 89, died Oct. 2.

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. 


November Harvest

Brown and russet colored leaves swoop and swirl as November winds sweep across the Saluda Mountains. The cold winds bring the first frost and the smell of wood smoke drifting in the air mixes with the earthy smell of decaying leaves carpeting the ground and enriching the soil.  


Harvest time is ending and Saludians are thankful for an abundance of brilliant colors, good weather, and delicious apple crops.


November marks the time when Saludians pause to reflect on the abundance of this year's harvest and to sowing seeds for next spring. 


As thoughts turn to holiday planning and closing summer homes, Saludians count their blessings, express gratitude to one another, and are thankful for their Saluda lifestyle. 

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in November


Live Music in November   

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


November 1 - Letters to Abigail

Some folks describe their music as a simple southern pleasure. Digging down into the roots of the region, they blend a classic approach to a new original sound.


November 6 - Marc Yaxley

Virtuoso jazz and classical guitarist. His technique will surely blow you away.


November 8 - Sweet Claudette

Gorgeous harmonies, outstanding musicianship and world-class songwriting are the qualities that set Sweet Claudette apart from the crowd. What's more, they are very proud to be the only Country/Motown band they've ever heard of.


November 9 - Sunday Evening Concert Sol Driven Train

See details below.


November 13 - Dana & Susan Robinson

Two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America's musical heritage.


November 15 - Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece

Performing straight ahead classic jazz, swingtunes, showtunes and other standards Centerpiece Jazz plays all of your favorites.


November 20 - Chuck Brodsky

"Old fashioned story songs brimming with wit and, off-the-wall and incisively funny. He will appeal to everyone who likes their music with a side of thought."  New York Times


November 22 - The Deluge

The Deluge is a whirling dervish of a band that possesses a kinetic energy in their live show that will leave audiences swooning long afterwards.




November 29 - Patrick Fitzsimons

"A one-man-band whose fingerpicking guitar style is often accompanied by a bass drum and hi-hat as well as harmonica and his slinky voice, he can keep it all together and delivers a homespun, bluesy folk jazz blend that is right on the money."


Sol Driven Train

Sunday, November 9 @ 6: PM


 The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on Sunday, November 9 at 6:00 PM. The doors open at 5:00 PM and a limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. . Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.  


Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band's sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like Jon Prine and Paul Simon, and afro-caribbean rhythmic explorations, into honest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. The band members share a musical history dating back to childhood, and their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of positivity and joy, even while traversing subjects of suffering and death.


Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party" (Atlanta Creative Loafing).


Music scheduled by Robert Seiler. 

Kermit Lynch Wine Tasting

At the Purple Onion

Tuesday, November 18 @ 6:30 PM

 The Purple Onion will host a wine tasting on November 18 at 6:30 just in time to stock your cellar for the holidays. The tasting will feature wines from Kermit Lynch, wine importer, author, winemaker and pioneer in the wine industry. Lynch, who received the James Beard Foundation's Award as wine professional of the year, has been Knighted by the French Government with their prestigious Legion d'Honneur and received the Veuve Cliquot award for his book, Adventures on the Wine Route. He has had an enduring influence on the wine industry because of his focus on small, artisan producers who make authentic wines expressive of their terroir and his early practice of using refrigerated shipping containers for importing wine. The cost for the tasting will be $49 (plus tax and gratuity) and will include a taste of seven different wines and delicious food chosen to pair with them. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. As we finalize our selections, we will be posting them on our website so visit us at for details.


The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 


November Contra Dance

Saturday, November 8, The Blue Ridge Contra Dance will start with lessons at 7:30pm, then dancing from 8:00pm  until 10:30pm. Caller: Warren Doyle - Band: Speaking in Tunes.  No Contra Dancing in December, but we will be back on the Second Saturday, January 10, 2015.


November 19-BlueGrass & BBQ for Diamond Tours & M7 Event Solutions


We will be taking some time in November to recover from a busy summer & fall although we will be spending a great deal of time having guests visit and tour our facility.  The 2015 calendar is taking shape for another year and we are very thankful for all the promise of good things to come.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


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 Colt Creek Band

November 7- Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) 6pm  

November 21 - Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) at 6pm

November 29- Fork Creek Baptist Church at 7pm


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"?

Check out our November 7, 6pm to 10pm House Concert with New Rain performing live from Tennessee.   


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

Dancer's Extension 

During the month of November, our youth students begin working on our Christmas performances.  At the time of this printing, we are still working out the details for our Holiday shows, but we are practicing ahead to be ready!  Adult classes continue on a regular schedule.  The Dancer's Extension will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.  All classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, December 1.


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     



The Last Blue Ridge Contra Dance of the Year on November 8

Help us end up 2014 with a great dance! This year brought wonderful dances with callers and musicians who taught beginners and advanced dancers with equal enthusiasm! To end up the year we have Warren Doyle as the caller, and he is always a crowd favorite! Musicians will be Speaking in Tunes with Lucy Ray on mandolin, Dave Heath on guitar, Rich Pettus on banjo and David White on fiddle.


The place is our usual fabulous Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. We will start lessons at 7:30 until 8pm so don't be late to join in the learning. Dances will be from 8-10:30pm. Admission is $9 for adults with $5 for 18 and under and students. We have special family rates too!


We would like to thank all those who attended our dances this year. We need more dancers and we need more help! If you can assist with flyers or the desk the evening of the event or anything else that you think needs to be done, please email us at


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.   


Piedmont Plein Air Festival, High Point, North Carolina


Jim Carson, Saluda artist, won Second Place in the Piedmont Plein Air Quick Paint contest in High Point, N.C., Sept 18-21.


There were 30 artists from around the United States participating in this event. The artists were housed at the J.H. Adams Inn on Main Street. The selected painting sites were downtown, near the train depot, City Lake Park, High Point Museum, and High Point University.


Jim's award winning painting was of the J.H. Adams Inn. The awards judge for the event was Asheville artist, Richard Oversmith.


Jim's next Saluda workshops are titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp," on January 22-24 and March 19-21, 2015. The students will paint from still life and/or photographs, with a concentration on values, temperature changes, and bold and spontaneous brushwork.


Jim will have a third consecutive Christmas Saluda show at The Saluda Center on Saturday night December 13.


For more information, contact Jim at, email or call 828-749-3702.

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random arts Random Arts

Workshops & Classes

With our featured artists taking a sabbatical until February, our "in house mini 2-3 hour" classes will continue through the holiday season. You will be able to participate in creating holiday cards and tags, paper making, collage and more. All class schedules are listed on our Facebook page as well as on our website. 


Zen Doodle continues on  November 4 and 18 from 10 am till noon. Everyone is welcome and this Free/No Charge session requires no pre-registration. Just bring yourself and we'll show you the rest.

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      



chicken house The Old Chicken House  

(Studios and retail space for creative people.)


Welcome to the Old Chicken House! Did you know...


The Old Chicken House has been a landmark on Mountain Page Rd since the early 1960's. It was used as a business for raising chickens for only a few years. The building was used for storage by the families who owned the property at different times through the 1970's.


In addition to mountain views, a rural ambiance and a relaxed atmosphere, a large fireplace in the multi-purpose room is in use frequently through the fall and winter.


Walls in the "big room" are now covered with paintings, drawings and the work of the talented local artists and skilled crafters whose work is for sale.


Ruth Anderson bought the property and began converting the building into studio spaces for creative people to do their work.


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

Judy's 60th Birthday Party at the Boarding House Venue Dec. 6, 7pm to No gifts, cash bar, DJ - Jeff Foster- Come and celebrate the Big 60 with Judy Ward.


Boarding House Venue is upstairs over Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, 24 Main Street. 

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.   

Saluda Hometown Christmas
Friday, December 12, 2014
Plan now to attend the annual Saluda Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 6 to 8pm.  Enjoy holiday refreshments offered by Saluda businesses and a variety of music from area artists at many venues.

Event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Please visit, the official town guide, to learn more about the SBA.


(Special Note to those with musical talents.  If you would like to perform during Hometown Christmas, please contact a merchant on Main Street to schedule a performance.)



Chirstmas Children's Workshop
Saturday, December 13

workshop Parents... Mark Your Calendar...

The Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Saluda Fire Department

Free For Kids Five And Up


The Workshop Helpers want to invite Saluda's children five and up to the workshop again this year so we can teach, inspire, and encourage them through creativity. The Workshop offers personal instruction of art projects related to Christmas in the form of ornaments and gifts. The kids get to practice their artistic ability, imagination, patience, cooperation, and gratitude through art. We create projects using lots of different mediums such as recycled products, beading, felting, food gifts, nature inspired gifts, origami, and much more. They will take home projects that will be cherished for years to come.


They aren't the only ones who benefit though...we, the adults, love to share with the kids who come. It's a wonderful experience for everyone. If you'd like to be a helper, just call Laura Fields at 828-749-4521.  I encourage creative and kid-loving people (notice I didn't say women) to join us. I wouldn't be able to pull this project off without my volunteers, and for them, I am very grateful. Please join us if you'd like to  be a part of something very special.


Parents, please don't bring children under five as the projects are challenging. No food or drink allowed. No unattended children and parents are allowed on art floor. We provide a special place just for you where you can do a project of your own or watch the kids without being right beside them. See You There!


Sponsored by Mountain Life Realty.

Saluda Tailgate Market Report, 2014

The Saluda Tailgate Market, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association and the City of Saluda, and supported by Polk County Agricultural Economic Development, has completed its fifth regular May through October season. One special holiday market will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, from 1-3.


In 2010 when we began the market, we had a concept and some willing volunteers, but we had no idea that it would become a spring to fall tradition and community gathering event. Five seasons later, most of us can agree it has enhanced the quality of life in Saluda and the county, fulfilling one of the stated missions of The Saluda Business Association. Those of us who have worked to see the market thrive are grateful for the opportunity to serve the community and grateful for the growers and producers we have gotten to know, but most especially grateful for you the consumers. There is a generosity of spirit that pervades this market on Friday afternoons that almost defies description and certainly none of us could have foreseen. As growers and neighbors meet to exchange not only products, but also recipes, growing tips, and techniques, the domestic arts of kitchen and garden are preserved and celebrated, enhancing the health of families and community. Neighbors meet and greet and share news with one another for 26 consecutive Fridays afternoons, rain or shine. Guests and summer folk scurry into town on Fridays in time for the market to pick up fresh flowers, produce, and baked goods for the weekend. The market parking lot is a very happy place on Friday afternoons because you make it so. And you are also doing so much more.


According to a recent article on the future of farming by Virginia Tech, in the 1960's one farmer fed 26 people, today one farmer feeds 155 people; by 2050 the world population will grow to almost 10 billion from 7.2 billion today. Feeding that many with the continued loss of land suited to agriculture will be challenging and complex. While much research centers on crop genetics and pesticides, the development and preservation of small scale farming and organic techniques are also crucial. By supporting local fresh food and family farms, we are protecting the flourishing of our ridges, fertile fields and clean watersheds. By eating responsibly, knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown, we are positive agents for change, building better communities and a better quality of life.


Thanks to the volunteers who contribute so many hours to make it run smoothly: Nora Parks Anderson in the orange vest every Friday afternoon, Walter Hoover and Howard Troxler directing set up, signage, and take down, Beth Carson for the weekly newsletter and greeting, Susie Welsh, Catherine Ross, and Karen Swager for greeting when we couldn't, and The Purple Onion for buckets and buckets of ice. Many thanks to all of you who come out every Friday and wait patiently at the gate as the vendors set up to sell everything this rich region can produce, and then enthusiastically enter to purchase the fruits of their labors with your hard earned dollars. We couldn't do it without you. You make it so much fun.  


Stock up at the Holiday Market on Saturday, November 29 from 1-3. Fill your Christmas baskets, pantries and freezers. We will resume the first Friday in May, 2015. It will be great to see you.


By Shelley DeKay
Heartwood Gallery's Christmas in Community Annual Fundraiser

Each year Heartwood purchases a handmade ornament to sell for your decorating and gift giving needs and donates the entire purchase price times the number sold to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. For over 20 Years Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry has provided financial and food assistance to thousands of Polk County residents in need. Our ornament this year is a wooden heart with an inlaid star made with exotic and domestic woods by artist Kurt Meyer. They are naturally warm colors and flat enough to mail in a Christmas card. Express your love for neighbors, friends, and family while giving back the entire amount to community with this beautiful symbol of love for the season. Packaged with a banner that recognizes the gift as a donation to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry and priced at $14 each, they are also perfect hostess gifts for holiday parties.


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

Small Business Saturday
November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday, celebrating its fifth year, falls between black Friday and cyber Monday on Thanksgiving weekend. Created in 2010 to recognize small businesses as the heart of the American economy and encourage customer support in uncertain economic times, Small Business Saturday has become a boon to independent retailers. Last year over 100 million consumers came together to "shop small" and celebrate all that small local businesses do for their communities.


It is through small independent businesses that our diversity shines. So many towns and cities have entry ways or strips crowded with corporate conglomerates, from cheap mega box stores to fast food. You could drop in any one of these and not know what town or city you had landed in; all look the same, offering the same goods, quantity over quality, with all the profits going into the pockets of shareholders. When you choose to shop small, you experience the essence of a place and the heart of its community. When you are in Saluda, or any of its small neighboring towns, you know exactly where you are as there is no other like it. And most of your money spent goes right back into place.


Saluda is so fortunate to have maintained its unique character through decades, even centuries of change. Businesses come and go, some staying longer than others, but all are individually owned, diverse, serving the needs of the surrounding community and all reflecting the beauty of place. Our century-old general stores are both open and full and waiting to serve you. Art studios, craft galleries, gift shops, wine shops, baked goods and great coffee wait. You can spend the entire day in Saluda eating and shopping in independent restaurants and shops and also visit your local small farmers at the holiday tailgate market from 1-3 in the West Main parking lot. You can choose to have an outdoor adventure, listen to music at several different venues, or simply sit on a bench and enjoy the moment. Saluda is an example of how beautiful small can be. Come celebrate Small Business Saturday with us!


Submitted by Shelley DeKay

Winterize Your Summer Home

Leaving for the Winter?

Suggestions from Johnny-on-the-Spot*!

It's that time of year when you start thinking about winterizing your home so you don't have to worry about freezing pipes bursting or other damage to your house while you are gone.  Here are a few key suggestions that you may want to make sure to do if your home is going to be empty for any amount of time.   


Freeze Protection Safeguards    

1. Locate your water main and shut it off.   

2.  Cut off electric service to hot water heater and drain tank.   

3.  Drain all pipes via interior faucets and exterior hose bibs, cover with freeze protectors.   

4.  Drain all garden hoses and store away for the winter.   

5.  Flush all toilets and add anti freeze to remaining water in tank and bowl.   

6.  Insure gutters are clean to allow for proper drainage during rain and snow.   

7.  Insure all condensate and drain lines from HVAC units are drained.   

8.  Insulate any exposed pipes that cannot be drained of water.


General Off-Season Protection  

1. Shut off propane or natural gas at supply.  

2.  Turn off HVAC units at the electrical source unless a minimum temperature is to be maintained.   

3.  Prune tree limbs away from house to lessen possibility of storm damage.   

4.  Clean out your refrigerator, unplug and prop door open.   

5.  Unplug all other appliances including TV's.   

6.  Store lawn furniture, grills, tools, etc. 

7. Empty fuel from all gas powered equipment or add fuel additive.

8.  Turn off home's electrical power at the main breaker unless specific breakers need to remain on for fire protection, security lighting and alarm systems.

9.  Check exterior doors and windows for cracks and crevices and repair as needed   

10. Inspect roof and flashings for potential leaks. 

11. Close fireplace flues and dampers.

12. Test smoke detector batteries and replace as needed.

13. Shut off water to the house.  

14. Do not leave valuables that may attract thieves in home

15. Arrange for indoor plants to be watered if necessary.

16. Find someone who will drop by your home occasionally to make sure it is secure and there are no problems.  Be sure they know how to contact you.   


If I can help you with any or all of the above tasks, please contact Johnny Welsh, owner of Johnny on the Spot*, Saluda NC. h-828-749-3900, c-443-475-8955


*A reliable person who is on hand and ready to perform a service or respond to an emergency.

Saluda Scoop

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


SASSAFRAS: Saluda's newest shop

If you haven't seen Saluda's newest shop, SASSAFRAS, you owe it to yourself to take a look! You'll find an appealing collection of separates, including casual Jag jeans, a great line of Reversible vests, as well as dressy tops for evening. There are Earth Creations' organic Tees, Tencel shirts, and wonderful alpaca wool sweaters from Peru, priced in the $50's. Everyone who has seen the shop agrees that the scarf selection is unsurpassed!


The owner, Joann Collins, has been a successful retail shop owner for 40 years and it shows in her excellent choices of moderately priced clothing. She currently operates another store, The Grapevine in Burnsville, NC.

"I am building a small cabin just off Lake Hosea in Saluda," Joann relates, "which I had designated as a place purely for rest and relaxation.   Then I saw the For Rent sign at 46 E. Main St. and the old merchandising bug bit me!"


The small boutique offers a friendly staff interested in making your shopping experience as enjoyable as your delight in wearing your purchases.   For the Fall, the shop is open every day: 11-5, M-Th, 11-6 on Fr, 10-5 on Sat and 12:30-4:30 on Sunday afternoons! Come see for yourself!


Located at 46 E Main Street, Saluda, NC. 


Johnny On The Spot* 

All of us have those little troublesome problems around the house and yard. Things like a door that won't close properly, a torn window screen, leaky faucets, or even hanging pictures...all are problems we can't or don't want to do ourselves. Outside, lawn and flower bed maintenance, pruning shrubs, mulching, leaf blowing, power washing, painting...all are do-able projects for Johnny on the Spot*. I am the guy that will come out to your home and fix all of your problems in no time without requiring you to spend an arm and a leg to do it. I am a skilled jack of all trades and seasoned veteran in fixing things in and around the house. I ENJOY doing the work because every job is different and interesting.


Think about hiring Johnny on the Spot* when in need of any type of household repair or task. No job is too small. Below are examples of services provided.

  • Winterizing Your Home            
  • House Sitting                      
  • Pet Care
  • Landscaping                            
  • Grass Cutting                   
  • Leaf Blowing
  • Mulching                                
  • Power Washing                    
  • Painting                                  

Please call Johnny on the Spot for all of your home service needs: Johnny Welsh, owner of Johnny on the Spot, Saluda NC, h-828-749-3900 c-443-475-8955


*A reliable person who is on hand and ready to perform a service or respond to an emergency.


TanTastic Tanning Salon is now owned and operated by Resa Capps and Nicole Isaacs. They invite you to the grand opening November 1. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 7pm and Saturday 10-3. Resa and Nicole are excited about the new look and kid friendly environment. During the first week of opening, November 1-8, buy a monthly package and get a free week. Their goal is to make tanning convenient and clean! Phone number is 828-490-2083, 19 Pearson's Falls Rd (next Wildflour Bakery). Make an appointment or just walk in.


Saluda Grade Café is planning its annual Thanksgiving Menu.  Please plan now to make reservations for a fabulous and delicious Thanksgiving dinner.


Hours are: 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.      




Hard to believe that I had just returned from Atlanta to shop for the Spring and Summer fashions for 2015, when,  here we are, watching Mother Nature painting with her Fall Colors. 


I'm very excited about my anchor companies  (Habitat, Color Me Cotton, Click, Yushi Moda, Chalet and Inside Out and others ) for designing a very colorful and stylish 2015 Spring and Summer collection. Now having" Great Sales" at The Dressing Room!


Keeping in mind that Christmas is just around the corner, THE DRESSING ROOM ETC. is now extending our business hours to 7 days a week. It's a great time to take advantage of our "GREAT FALL SALE" (up to 40% off storewide ), and finding those special Christmas Gifts for that special someone - at a special price!  


New store hours will be Monday -Saturday, 10-5, Sunday 12 noon- 4.


THE DRESSING ROOM ETC., located at 141 East Main Street in Saluda.  Phone is 828-749-9555. 


Looking forward, Irmy



The Oaks Bed & Breakfast 

Veterans Appreciation 2014

The owners of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast - Saluda's premier Victorian inn - would like to "salute" our fathers, family and friends who have served in the United States military this Veteran's Day.   The weekend of November 7, 8 and 9, all active and retired service personal are invited to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing weekend at a 20% discount off our standard-reduced room rate! This includes our spacious and comfortable guest accommodations, four poster queen-size beds, full private bath and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast for two!


Selections for this weekend of "thanks and appreciation" are on a first come, first served basis and requires proof of honorable discharge or active military ID. Reservations need to be made directly through The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and a two-night minimum is required. When making your reservation, please mention that you intend to take advantage of our Veteran's Weekend Discount.

It is with our deepest appreciation that we pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so that we may live strong and free!


Special thanks to: Raymond L. Potrzuski, USN; Timothy Potrzuski, USN; Robert Ellison, USN.


To reserve, please contact Dale or Donna at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast by calling 828-749-2000.


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast


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The Orchard Inn andearly morning

Newman's at The Orchard Inn

Fall colors are just beginning to peak as we enter the last week of October and should continue to be gorgeous well into November. As the days continue to get shorter, it's time to plan for the coming holiday season. Sorry to say, but our fabulous Thanksgiving dinner is already completely sold out for both seatings; however, we always get cancellations and are accepting names on the wait list. In December we have 5 magical nights of "Dickens Dinners" where David Riddle (aka - Mr. Pickwick) dons top hat and tails and reads from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in between each of the sumptuous holiday inspired four courses. The evening ends after dinner in the living room by a roaring fire, lit only by candles and the 10' Christmas tree, with a Smoking Bishop in hand as Mr. Pickwick reads the end of the story. It's a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit. Two of the five nights are already sold out, but there is space available on December 6,11, and 19. Have a mini vacation and enjoy a night upstairs in the Inn for only $125 when you attend one of the Dickens Dinners. There is also still space available for our traditional Austrian Christmas Eve dinner on the 24th of December and for our very popular New Year's Eve black tie optional Gala on the 31st. Call today to reserve a place at one of these wonderful holiday events and you'll see why many have made them an annual tradition.  


Newman's Restaurant is also open every Thursday - Saturday nights, Sunday for brunch and every day for breakfast. Call 828-749-5471 reservations. 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 or by our cozy fireplace. The award winning cuisine is really special. In addition to our certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, so tender you can cut it with a butter knife, our homemade Pauley's Island style Crab Cakes have no fillers and are 100% fresh lump Crabmeat. Our local Mountain Rainbow Trout Almandine is always amazing - and is as fresh as can be. Specials like Braised Lamb Shanks, Pork Ribeye Steak with a Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Crispy Duck have been on the always changing daily menu lately. And the desserts - forget about it! Marianne is from Austria after all, where the dessert was, if not invented, perfected. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to come join us at Newman's Restaurant (named after our cat). Everyone is always welcome!


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 in the Market

Rotisserie Chicken & Rotisserie Chicken Salad on Thursday, Friday & Saturday-$6.99 each

Chesapeake Bay Select Oysters in the Shell - 100 for $79.00( need 2 days advance notice)

New in the Store:  Baked Breads: Pumpkin, Apple & Cinnamon Pecan & Apple Fritters                         

Check out our Prepackaged Soups, just right for Fall, and the best Roots Hummus, Goat Cheese Spread- Fig & Honey is the Best.


"Free Veteran's Breakfast"

November 20 from 8am to 10am at Ward's Grill.  Sponsored. 

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

New in the Grill

Best Breakfast with Our Famous Sausage, Hot Soup Served Daily and Try a CJ Burger-1/2 Chuck & 1/2 Sausage. We now have Fried Dill Pickle Spears which are great with any sandwich.  Complete your Meal with a dish of Cobbler made fresh daily. 


We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you for supporting us this year.


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.


November brings us some great local beers on tap: Highland Brewery Mocha Stout and Coffee Porter.  Also, the much anticipated Cold Mountain arrives the second week of November. This draft does not last long and is a favorite! We also have on tap Henderson Counties own Wicked Apple Cider and Blackberry Cider; both are gluten free. We also carry a bottled Gluten Free beer from Barcelona Spain...Estrella Damm Daura which is a Pale style lager.


We have a variety of soups, stews, and chili  to offer as the weather turns colder. Just ask your server what is available!


Our Sausage Dip Appetizer is a big hit! We use Charlie Wards famous sausage and spicy tomatoes and a blend of cheeses! Served in a mini cast iron skillet and served with nacho chips!


If you haven't tried our Grit Fritters, you certainly should! Herb cheese grits served up into fritters! 


Some of our appetizers are $2.00 off Tuesday-Thursday!


Enjoy your football game on any of our big screen TVs and don't forget pint Narragansett and PBR's are always $1.50!


We hope you enjoy your family and friends this holiday season! We will be closed Thanksgiving Day so our staff can be with their families. 


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   


Suddenly the days are shorter, the leaves less flamboyant and the sweaters are out of storage.  As much as I do not like winter (and I know it's next), I do love Autumn.  And we know how many of you love the Chicken Pot Pie that always returns with the Winter menu.  Molly will have the new menu ready for Saturday, November 1.  Come on by for your old favorites or order up some new ones.  You can also grab the Wildflour Thanksgiving Order Sheet.  It's not too early to place your order and all orders must be in by Saturday, Nov. 22.  Here's a quick peek at the list:

Pies -- sweet & sassy Pecan,  sweet & local Apple, plump & juicy Blueberry, mixed Berry, rich & creamy Sweet Potato, the holiday favorite Pumpkin.

Desserts -- Bavarian Apple Torte or Raspberry Dream

Yeast Rolls -- light & tender Crescent Rolls or an assortment of dinner rolls

Croutons -- for the best stuffing ever....or on top of salads or vegetables


Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday....Family, Friends & simple & so wonderful.  Wildflour Bakery and Bake Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), but we will be right back in our kitchens baking up a storm Friday morning -- so bring your family, friends and visitors in and let us do the cooking. 


Molly says Friday Night Pizza will continue as long as the crowds keep least through November. 

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


Wildflour Bake Shop  Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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



Meanwhile Events for November 


Wine Tasting: Every Friday Night Wine Tasting 5 PM - 7 PM. Stop by Wildflour Bake Shop and order a pizza, then stop in Meanwhile's shop and taste a new wine.

Open till 10 PM every Friday night.  


Thanksgiving Wines:  No rules and no fuss about choosing a wine for holiday meals.  Stop by and we can help pick the perfect wine for your meal and guests.


Meanwhile November Hours:

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

This is a busy time of year, the air has tuned cool and brisk, and the hillsides are painted in full fall fashion. Everyone is making plans for Thanksgiving and doing early Christmas shopping. Yet, somehow, we all find time to reflect and be thankful for the people in our lives, the accomplishments we achieved, and where we are in life.


Macon Bank is thankful for all of our customers. We are proud to be part of this community and your hometown bank. Our employees here in Saluda are your friends, family and neighbors. Our ties run strong to Saluda; so even as we grow and move forward, you can expect us to continue the same dedication to customer service.


Macon Bank is here for you and your family. If you have any questions regarding your accounts, or have questions about other accounts offered by Macon Bank, call or stop by and see us at 108 East Main Street in Saluda today.

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

Random Arts  

Holiday Shopping

November at Random Arts & Boutique brings the beginning of the Holiday shopping season, and here at Random Arts, you will find a wide range of interesting and unique gifts for all your family and friends. Along with hats, scarves, gloves and jewelry, you'll find great stocking stuffers and many gift items all under $10. 


Women's Clothing

We are showcasing our warm and cozy winter women's clothing this month. From organic cotton jackets to tie dye cardigans and leggings, you will find exactly what you need. Stop by and check our interesting mix of fun, funky and stylish clothes that will put the style back in your attitude.


November Special Event

Each NEW customer that walks through our door and mentions this article will receive 10% off their entire purchase throughout the entire month. 50% off sale will continue through the month of November with bigger markdowns as we end the month. 


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     

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

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

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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

Saluda Faces
Anita Summey

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   


Born and raised in Charlotte and Saluda is Ms. Anita Summey. She and her little dog, Nicky, are seen all over town getting some exercise. Loving the simpler life in Saluda, she moved here full time in October, 1998 in the house owned by her Aunt Pearl.


She started coming to Saluda with her father, John Orville Summey who was born in Saluda, and her mother, Victoria (Morrison) from Midland, NC. Fearing the polio epidemic, her parents sent her with her brother Dan to stay the summers in Saluda with Aunt Pearl. Her parents met at Weaver College when they enrolled in 1930 and the college was in Weaverville, North Carolina. In 1934 Weaver College became Brevard College when it merged with Rutherford College. Anita's father went by Orville for the first part of his life and later people started calling him John for a reason unknown to Anita. He was a police officer in Charlotte at first and then he and his wife worked as deputy sheriffs at the county jail. Anita has a surviving brother Dan and an older brother (by 14 years) Jay, who died last year.


She has fond memories of her childhood in Saluda and one that really struck her was that you did not need money in Saluda! She and Dan would play in the park, which is in the same place it occupies now, and when they got thirsty, they would go over to Lola Ward's store (now Thompson's). They would pick out a drink and say "charge it" and that was it--pretty neat?


Her house was owned by her father's older sister, Pearl, and that is where they would come when they came to visit Saluda in the summers. The house is located at the top of Church Street next to the old Baptist Church for which Church Street is named. If you walk up Church Street and look straight, there are steps going up to her front door. Looking right you would see the old Baptist Church which is now a residence and is painted gray. After Aunt Pearl died in 1980, it was vacant until Anita moved in 1998. This posed a problem since the house was full of furniture and clothes.


What she did for fun...

While playing in the playground Anita and her brother played a game counting the train cars as they rolled past. They would compare numbers and see who was missing one. They wandered around the town some and even took the train at least once with her Aunt Myrtle who lived in Hendersonville.


She also has fond memories of coming back toward the house on Church St. and finding lunch in an unusual place...right in her garden. They would eat plums from their tree and apples from the Twiggs' next door. And there was time for games like Sorry and Chinese Checkers. They also did jigsaw puzzles and watched Boris Karloff on Shock Theater on Saturdays. Anita and Dan made friends with the neighbor kids, the Twiggs. They would play games and also liked to jump rope.


...and how she helped out

Other things she remembered about Aunt Pearl's house were helping to bring in wood from outside to feed the wood stove used for cooking and a wringer washing machine that was in the bathroom hooked up to drain in the bathtub. Then the clothes were hung on the clothes line outside.


More about Anita

After graduating from Garinger High School in Charlotte, she attended Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, NC and received a degree in Psychology. Then she went to work at the Methodist Children's home in Raleigh, and after a year serving as a house parent, she decided this was not for her.


She continued her education at Presbyterian Nursing School in Charlotte graduating in three years. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Presbyterian Hospital for 23 years. The job was so much fun for her that she never could figure how the hospital persuaded other nurses to work in areas other than labor and delivery!


Never really liking the big city, Anita would come up to the house in Saluda, empty at that time, on weekends and holidays because she much preferred the slower, smaller town of Saluda. She has never married and her brother, Dan, now lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and two children and a stepson.



Anita enjoys being an amateur astronomer, a member of the Mystery Guild Book Club, singing in the Methodist Church choir, being a member of the Women's Club of Saluda, and the president of the Polk County Extension Club. This is part of the agricultural extension of Polk County.


She is still a member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club. Once a year she attends a retreat up at the Wild Acres retreat near Little Switzerland with the club. She has been to every Southern Star Wild Acres retreat since it started. They go in April or May and have a grand time, rain or not, since there are guest speakers when they are not observing with their telescopes. If others would like to start going to the retreat or maybe forming our own club here in Saluda, contact Anita. Her number is in the book.


Anita also attends dance classes for fun and exercise at Sonya Monts at the Dancers Extension. They have classes for ballet, exercise, and hot/pop dance. The studio is on Ozone between Apple Mill and Don Mintz's office.


Anita feels that there is no better place to live than Saluda. The people are welcoming, friendly and caring. And they'll help out others routinely, but especially when there is a special need. If you see her and Nicky walking around town, smile and wave.


By Mike Boyce 

Sharing Saluda
Saluda Magazine, Spring 1937

Saluda Magazine, from issue published in 1937 by Susan Leland Craig from 1936-1938.


Sharing Saluda

By The Saluda Magazine and Chamber of Commerce

Saluda, N. C.


During the depression, the live little town of Saluda was almost completely submerged. The valiant few who remained with their heads above water gradually emerged from the depths and looked around at the desolation. They saw that everything had to be done and that there was no money with which to do anything. However, they had their hands, and they were not afraid of work. So they planned their labors and accomplished much. With the help of the various alphabetical associations-HOLC, WPA, etc., homes were put back into shape, commun­ity projects were undertaken, playgrounds land­scaped, pavilion built, and a splendid gymnasium erected.


In January 1936, a planned system of adver­tising was undertaken. The first step was the use of letterheads and envelopes printed with an at­tractive cut and with information about Saluda. This stationery was purchased and used by the City, the boarding houses, the real estate agents, the merchants, the library, the churches, and all interested citizens.


The City took space in Asheville and Miami papers and booklets. Then in the Spring, the first issue of The Sa­luda Magazine was published. This gave de­tailed information about Saluda and vicinity. The good work of the magazine has gone on, coming out regularly each quarter and growing in scope and meaning.


In the Autumn of the same year (1936), the citizens got together to discuss plans for Spring advertising. They decided that, more than just for Spring advertising, the need was for a pro­gram of planned projects for the year. The time seemed ripe for an organization which would see to the carrying out of these projects. It was decided that the Chamber of Commerce would be the best form of organization to be adopted at this time. So the Chamber of Commerce, which had sprung into being with the boom and gone out with it, was reorganized.


The citizens are trying to build this Chamber of Commerce on the solid foundation of real en­deavor. Realizing that its proper functioning is entirely due to the way they give their time, their money, their labor, their ideas, they are trying to throw themselves wholeheartedly into GIVING. While of necessity there must be a Board of Directors at the head of the organiza­tion. each citizen feels his individual responsi­bility and is trying to do his part for the better­ment of the community.


Constructive criticism is a good and necessary thing. If you see some condition or matter can be bettered and can offer some plan of solution and assistance, then it is your duty and respon­sibility to do everything possible to better it.


Saluda Chamber of Commerce is working. Plans for posting the roads, radio broadcasting, city beautification, and so forth are being given thought and attention. Money is being raised by private subscription and by the entertaining and unique Chamber of Commerce Auctions at which specially printed C. of C. money is used.

Childhood in Saluda
More Childhood Marvels
by Clark Thompson


Four of the more significant technological advancements in the 20th century occurred during my childhood years. First was the development of the electric clothes-washing machine; second was the ability to transmit television pictures and sound by wire; third was the development of affordable dial-up telephone service; and fourth was the development of refrigeration to serve the masses-although not necessarily in that order.


My family's first washing machine arrived the year I was born:1939. It consisted of a galvanized tub on four legs with a ringer mounted to the top for squeezing out the excess water. The ringer consisted of two hard rubber rollers held tightly together so large quantities of water could be removed as the clothes were fed between them. That reliable old Maytag machine cleaned tons of clothes for my fairly large family over a period of at least 12 years, with only minor repairs to the ringer gears. Clotheslines scattered about our back yard continued to be the preferred method of drying for a number of years, since fresh air was free and the electric clothes dryer was prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, the clothes would freeze sometimes before they were able to dry during some cold winter blasts which could last for several days.


Around 1948, Mama finally decided she could afford a two-party telephone service, which meant that we had to share a single line with another family. Like early Ford automobiles, the rotary-dialer phones came in choices of color: either black or black. One long ring indicated the call was for us while two short rings meant the call was for the other family. From the outset a couple of problems became obvious. First, there was no way of knowing if another caller was trying to reach the other family while we had the line tied up, or vice-versa. I know that on our end, Mama loved to gab with several of her friends and sometimes held extended conversations. Second, the other family had a bad habit of picking up their phone and trying to silently eavesdrop on our conversations, no matter how brief. You could always hear a slight audible click when they picked up; however, they would quietly hang up once we made them aware that we knew that they knew that we knew that they were trying to listen in.


Ed Leland was the owner of the local phone system and maintained it by himself until his son Cater became old enough to help out. It was not unusual in the late '40s and early '50s to see individual phone lines draped over tree limbs around Saluda rather than attached to poles, while strips of rubber inner tubes helped protect critical pieces of equipment from rain and ice along multi-line cables. A frequent joke regarding phone trouble was that one of the rubber strips-which was usually held in place by clothespins-had probably blown off and the line would be fixed as soon as Ed could find that piece of rubber and the pins, or go buy some more. Amazingly however, overall service remained pretty darned good as Ed continued to run the small phone company well into his eighties.


Long-distance phone calls were carried by American Telephone & Telegraph Company (later shortened to AT&T) over numerous individual strands of bare copper wires that were strung along glass insulators which in turn were attached to a series of lengthy wooden crossbars. Each line could only handle one phone call at a time, which made for an extremely inefficient method of communicating. One of their right-of-ways passed along the property on Old Macedonia Road adjoining our yard, then skirted the northwest side of Saluda Cemetery, and eventually disappearing over the small mountain to the back side of the cemetery. For several years we used the right-of-way near our property to grow field corn and I suspect it was done without permission from anyone.


I'm not sure of the number of lines, but there must have been close to a couple of hundred wires mounted on double poles that were held in proximity to each other by heavy bracing. The glass insulators, now collector's items, were often prime targets for young fellows (other than me) with rifles who loved to practice their marksmanship and watch them shatter.


The first television show I ever saw came via a TV set that was sitting in a furniture store's display window located on Main Street in Hendersonville. This was around 1950 and the small black-and-white screen attracted fairly large crowds who stood on the sidewalk and marveled at such high technology.


About the same time a few sets begin to appear in Saluda, with Mayor John T. Coates owning the first, followed by Fred Pace, Paul Pace, Pace's Hardware Store, and L. L. Clippard who owned an insurance agency. (The Paces always had that smell of money.) Soon enough, Pace's Hardware began sharing their TV with local residents. The business usually had it turned on for part of the day which would draw a stream of onlookers who would sit in amazement. Dudley Pace, son of Fred Pace, was one of my best friends and would often invite Frankie Ashley and me to his home to watch the afternoon Howdy Doody Show. This pioneering children's program, featuring puppeteer Buffalo Bob with his wooden puppet Howdy Doody, was an immediate success after first being aired in 1948 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons at 5:00 PM. Total TV broadcast times were limited to a few daytime and early evening hours; however, this show became so popular with both kids and adults that in 1950 it was moved to Monday through Friday at the 5:30 - 6:00 PM time slot.


One of my favorite memories was watching the Baseball World Series live. Once you had "seen Paree'" it became harder to enjoy a radio announcer's descriptive play-by-play of the on-field action and certainly required no imagination. Several of my friends and I would rush from school to join older males in watching the remaining innings at the hardware store. However, the cost of a television set was still more than my mama could afford, so we didn't have one in my family household until I was almost ready to leave home following high school graduation in 1957.


Finally, our first refrigerator was purchased around 1953 by my oldest brother Charles who had recently returned from military service. It replaced a beautiful wooden ice box that sat on our back porch for many years and was used only in the warmer months. During winter months we stored our perishable foods either on the porch or in unheated rooms within the house. Storing on the porch was risky since frigid temperatures sometimes froze food into solid ice or busted gallon jugs of milk. I've often wondered why that ice box was trashed.


While these four consumer products seem rather mundane to the 21st century, three-quarters of a century ago they were just about the most exciting whiz-bang advances around!


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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