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Where Time Stands Still
December 1, 2014

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Saluda Toy Drive
Chritmas in Community
Brown Bag Collection
Saluda Bell Ringer
Saluda Downtown Foundation
City Notes
Message from Saluda Center
Saluda Center News
Reiki Circle
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
Hometown Christmas
Children's Christmas Workshop
Saluda Scoop
Saluda School Annual
Saluda Winterfest
Call for Artists
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Cut Your Own Tree
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!

Authentic treasure in historic Saluda with large open rooms, high ceilings, heart pine floors, multiple fireplaces, stone walls, wrap around porch, and guest quarters sitting atop a hill overlooking Saluda. MLS#573912, $393,500   



Lakefront Bungalow on private 28 acre Lake Sheila. Large screened porch looking out over the lake, connects to back deck. Private dock for swimming, fishing and canoeing. Only ten minutes to downtown Historic Saluda. 3 BR, 2BA MLS#573975 $250,000


A Lake Shelia lakefront bungalow to spend summers kayaking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing on a 28-acre pristine lake surrounded by 19,000 acres of watershed property. New addition built in 2003 added additional bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate guests and family. 4BR, 3BA, MLS#557131 PRICE REDUCED TO $385,000

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. UNDER CONTRACT! 


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


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


Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land

Mountain Vista

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

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

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


Lake Lots

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

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

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $80,000, MLS#510462

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed

$80,000, MLS#484526

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145

Lake Adger 5.2 ac, MLS558600 $75,000

Lake Hosea, .34 ac MLS#558685 $25,000

Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705

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

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


Saluda City Lots

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

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


Piney Mountain

Piney Mountain, 2.94 ac, $41,500 MLS#549707

2.8 acres Piney Mountain, Views $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 November 30, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     39            7                          

Homes 2013     28            0      


Land 2014          7            1                      

Land 2013        22            0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 3 properties  

Polk County - 7 properties  

Henderson County - 49       


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


New Market Trend Reports for Saluda 

(Provided through Western NC MLS)


Local Market Insight October 31, 2014 


YTD Statistics Detail October 31, 2014


Saluda Service Directory
service directory
There will be an update to the Saluda Service Directory in January 2015.  Please send new service providers that you would recommend to be on the list to

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, December 2 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, December 2 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust

meeting at 3pm, December 10 at Saluda Prebyterian Church office.  


Hometown Christmas, Downtown Main Street, December 12, 6-8pm.  


Children's Christmas Workshop December 13 at Saluda Fire Department 9:30am to 1pm. 


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


Women's Club will meet December 9 at 11 am at the home of Vina Boyce for annual Christmas party. 


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., December 18 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center.
Saluda Garden Club will not meet in December. 

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


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.

Saluda City Hall And Police Department

Christmas Toy Drive 2014

Although time is running out, Saluda City Hall and the Saluda Police Department are accepting monetary donations to purchase toys for the under privileged children in Saluda. If you would like to contribute to making a less fortunate child's Christmas be special, please consider making a donation before December 15 to the "City of Saluda Toy Drive." Make checks payable to, "City of Saluda Toy Drive." All donations go only to children of families living in Saluda.   


Donations may be mailed to City of Saluda, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.


Thank you all for your continued efforts, all of us at City Hall.   


For questions, please call City Hall at 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Dept. 828-749-2691.  Or email 


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

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: 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 began 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.


NOTE:  Plans are being made to include a small brass ensemble that will play along side of the Bell Ringers this year! 

Saluda Downtown Foundation  

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


Saluda News quarterly e-newsletter by the City of Saluda and Saluda Downtown Foundation was published in November.  Click here to download a copy.


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


redoak Leaf Pickup
The city will be doing leaf pickup for inside city residents the first two weeks of December. Residents are to pile leaves along the road, but not in the road, prior to the pickup date. Each street will be picked up once only.


Help Pave Pace Par

Give a gift to a family member or friend that will last a lifetime 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  


Call For Artists: The park across the street from City Hall has been officially named Saluda Memorial Park, and the city would like to place an appropriate sign in the park. If you are a Saluda artist and are interested in designing the sign, please submit a sign proposal to City Hall by December 31. We would like to have the sign in place by May 25, 2015, for Memorial Day.  


Monthly Meeting Reminder (Meetings are held in Saluda Library Meeting Room) 

Saluda Downtown Foundation meeting Tuesday. December 2, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Planning Board meeting Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

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Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email Cindy Hemenway at and ask to be placed on the email list.
Message from Saluda Center
Dear Friends of the Saluda Senior Center,

As the holiday season approaches, I feel it is time to give thanks for our many blessings and look forward with our plans for the upcoming New Year. With that in mind, throughout the past 11 years, our mission at the Center has been to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Saluda by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, education, personal fulfillment, socializing, and community involvement. We are a nonprofit organization that receives no tax dollars to operate our facility, so it is only through the profits of the Thrifty Barn and Basement and donations from generous folks like you that the Center is able to continue with our mission.

The current Board of Directors has big shoes to fill -previous Board members and countless volunteers have made the Center a reality and a vital part of Saluda.  Our job now, is not only to keep the Center going, but to expand and improve our programs, activities and facilities to better serve the needs of Saluda.

Even though we are proud of our past accomplishments, we face continuing financial issues, which must be addressed:
  • $14,000 New roof and gutters for the Thrifty Barn
  • New chairs and/or better seating
  • Upgrading and maintaining computers for public use
  • Funding for ongoing activities
  • General day-to-day operating expenses of the Center, Thrifty Barn and Basement
So How Can You Help Us?
  1. Get involved! VOLUNTEER! A gift of your time and talents is priceless.
  2. Donate your gently used clothing and household items
  3. Tell us if you or a neighbor would like to participate in the Meals on Wheels program. We do eat-in or delivered meals
  4. Donate to us in lieu of the IRS! No amount is too large or too small.
  5. Come celebrate the holiday season with us at our Christmas Gala on December 14th! ($40 a person, reservations required)
Donations from private individuals are important and vital to the Center. Each year we reach out to the community for assistance in continuing our operations. All of the donations we receive are dedicated solely to the day-to-day operation of the Center, unless otherwise specified by the donor. The money needed to support activities, improvements and day-to-day expenses come from the Thrifty Barn and Basement sales, grants, and gifts from private individuals.  We receive no funding from the United Way drive or taxpayer dollars.

The community of Saluda includes the city and the 2400 individuals in the surrounding area. Through your past support, a dynamic and vibrant Saluda Senior Center has evolved. With your continued support, we can only grow and better serve the community's needs.

Thank you for your generosity and support,

Karen Bultman, Chairman
Mary Lu Price, Dan Wells, Wilda Corley, Margaret Miller, Cindy Keeter, Neill Bultman

2014 Christmas Gala at Saluda Center
 64 Greenville St.

December 14, 2014, 6pm to 8p, $40/Person
Call and reserve your tickets for the 2014 Christmas Gala by calling the Saluda Center at 828-749-9245.
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 December calendar.  For more information about activities orto find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.

The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs. Dec. 4 at 2:00 pm. The selection for the month is "Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.


"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book-although she has not yet learned how to read-and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative."-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues., Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


Annual Christmas Gala fundraiser on Sun., Dec. 14 from 6-8pm.


Saluda single women potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange on Thurs., Dec. 18 at 6:00 pm.

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. 

Reiki Circle

2:00 PM Tuesday,

December 9, 2014

Downstairs at the Saluda (Senior) Center

64 Greenville Street,

Saluda, NC


We'll soon be "dashing through the snow" to celebrate another big holiday, so make sure to save the date for the December 9th Reiki Circle. This will be the final circle for 2014 and it's been a great year. I would like to thank each and every one who participated in the circles for your support and love. You have certainly made a difference in my life! With your continuing support, I plan to keep the circles going through 2015. They are for all of us to help remember to take care of ourselves, love one another and share the gratitude in our hearts. Warm Christmas and Holiday wishes to all of you. I will hold each one of you in my heart especially during the holiday season.


A Reiki Circle is a clinic for all those interested in or in need of a different and additional way to approach health. Anyone can participate and all should leave uplifted mentally, physically and spiritually. All those participating will be temporarily attuned to the energy of Reiki for about 24 hours, thus, you can go home and share it with your family and friends.


We begin by holding hands in a circle while the energy is passed to everyone. After the attunement, each person will have a turn on the Reiki table while the others lightly lay their hands on the person on the table. No clothing will be removed, but it is usually best with the shoes off. If anyone attending is already attuned to Reiki at any level, it adds even more energy to the circle. Since Reiki is based on pure love, it can do no harm.  


If anyone would like more information on Reiki, feel free to contact me with any questions. I not only offer private Reiki sessions, I also teach all levels. Check out my blog: and my  

Facebook page..


Cost $ 5.00 per person, all ages! Call to pre-register 828-749-3887 or e-mail

Better Bellies

For mature ladies: basic belly dance moves and music strengthens 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,and we walk with confidence and improve our balance.


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


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


Thursdays, 12:00-12:45  


Special price for Better Bellies: donation

Tribal Belly dance

Level 1, Beginner - New class starting September 3


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


Level 2, Intermediate (must have completed Level 1)

Wednesdays 6:00, $12 per class


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

Saluda Community Land Trust


Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, December 8, with rain date of December 15. We will meet in the library parking lot at 10 am. Two teams of volunteers will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176. All supplies will be provided, just bring a friend!


Are you looking for ideas about 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.


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, December 10 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

There will be no meeting in December. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family.


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
(Tree City USA-Saluda Branch (Pending)

tree preservation A worthwhile and satisfying gift to give for Christmas and one which keeps on giving, even for generations to come...


It is the perfect gift-a tree. Christmas time is a good time for planting since winter allows for roots to strengthen and grow.


A local area agricultural agent can advise on correct planting and determining the right tree for the right place including space required for the size of the tree at maturity.


A tree can be an observance of a couple's first Christmas together, a new home, the birth of a baby, a memorial and many other events to make memories.


May this be a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


(Note: The tree across from Saluda School will be decorated on December 3 with ornaments made of bird treats. This tree was planted by the Tree Preservation members many years ago.)


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson      

Women's Club Meeting
The next meeting of the WCS will be on Tuesday, December 9th at 11:00am at Vina Boyce's home.  Please note the time and place change.  This meeting will be our Christmas Party and installation of our new board members.  We will be having a "local business" gift exchange with a limit of $10.  As always, area women are invited to attend.  We hope that all our members will be there for the last meeting of 2014.   

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


National Register of Historic Places

Ever wondered what is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Saluda? Click here and scroll down to Polk County. Next click on the link to the right of the property listing. From there you can access the actual nomination document that is full of fascinating information. Check it out!



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.


Available Merchandise:

  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3

Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants. You can also purchase it on-line at All proceeds go toward future projects.



The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend. 


For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to or contact us at


Submitted by Cindy S. Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee

Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center

Gentle Yin Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30pm

Thursday 5:30pm

Friday 9:30am

Powerful (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga

Monday 8:00am

Friday 8:00am


Chair Exercise Classes

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


Guided Imagery for Healing (Donation only) 

Tuesday 9:00am. 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.

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

December 2014


As the holiday season begins, I am reminded of the kindness and generosity of our school community. Thank you for supporting Saluda Elementary School!  You are appreciated!


As you are preparing holiday meals, please keep an eye out for the hot pink Box Tops that are on many food products and send them to our school. Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top that is collected and submitted.  This money is used to purchase books for the Books Are Really Fun program, where every student in the school gets to choose and keep 3-5 free books each year!  


Each year, our school holds a Christmas Bazaar where children may purchase "gifts" for family and friends.  If you have knick-knacks, jewelry, candles, mugs, etc. that you would like to donate for the Christmas Bazaar, you may drop the items off in the secretary's office in the Rock Building before December 12.


Upcoming Events

December 8   Scholastic Book Talks by Steve Black for Grades 3-5

December 8   6:30pm  School Board Meeting at Stearns

December 10  Interim Reports

Dec 10-17      Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center

December 12  Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 9:00-11:00am for community members to shop.  Please park in the tennis court parking lot and follow the arrows to the Media Center.  

December 17  Assembly:  Folklore Adventures

December 18  Holiday Variety Show will begin at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Community members are invited to attend this event.

December 18  A+ Informance:  Displays in downstairs hallway of Rock Building

December 19  Christmas Bazaar

December 19  Dress Down for Charity

Dec 20 - Jan 4  No School-Christmas Holidays

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

Dec. 1 @ 10:30am: Let It Snow

Dec.15 @ 10:30am: December Holidays


Afternoon Adventures

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


Dec. 1 @ 4pm: Zumba

Zumba is a fitness program that involves dance and aerobic elements. Professional Zumba Kids instructor Tonya Lindsey will teach the class. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring water to quench your thirst!

Dec. 15 @ 4pm: Lego Fun

Legos are more than just entertainment; they make learning fun and creative. Come check out the library's awesome new Lego collection and use your imagination to make cool creations!

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!

Dec. 8 @ 4pm

Dec. 22 @ 4pm




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



Saluda United Methodist Church Advent activities open to everyone...

Nov. 30 Advent Walk 2-4 p.m. Begins at the Baptist Church

Dec. 4, 11 and 18 Thursday Advent Bible Study 12-1:30 p.m. in the Wesley Cottage (little house at the back of the church parking lot)

Dec. 12 Hometown Christmas 6-8,  Community Communion & Ecumenical Service at the Presbyterian Church-8:15pm

Dec. 21 Lessons and Carols-Special Music 11 a.m. 

Dec. 21 Caroling 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 24 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 11:30 pm with the lighting of candles at midnight.

Annual Events Calendar


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.

Ruth E. Lawter, 94, of Saluda died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.


Kathleen Carson passed away November 11, survived by her husband, Bill Crowell. Kathleen was the former proprietor of Kathleen's Gallery in Saluda.   


Donald E. Byrd 80, of Saulda, N.C. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  

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. 


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Winter Morning Wonder

As the sun rises in the east, it spreads a red glow over the Saluda Mountains until it rises high and azure skies become the backdrop for the old mountain peaks. Once Mother Nature has swept away the foliage that blocks the view, Saludians are reminded of the wonder of nature that surrounds this small mountain town.


Wood smoke drifts in the air on frosty mornings and bird song wafts through the silent winter morning. The quiet is only interrupted by the racketing caw of a blackbird scavenging for breakfast or the rustling of leaves as scurrying squirrels dig for the last of the acorns.


Forest greenery like rhododendron, mountain laurel, holly, hemlocks and pines are now in full view under the long shadows of the tall pines, maple, poplar, and oak trees. All make great holiday decorations.


The pure, clear waters of flowing creeks, rivers, and lakes sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight without their summer canopy of overhanging branches.


hometown christmas The town is decorating for the holidays with wreaths and lights and good cheer. It's a time of truce when all disagreements are displaced with a spirit of generosity and kindness toward others.


Merry Christmas and peace to all during this time of wonderment.
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in December


It's a busy season but mark your calendars now so you don't miss our monthly wine tasting or our fabulous lineup of live music. Fred Whiskin will be tickling the ivories every Friday night beginning at 7 pm. On Friday, December 12, Robert Seiler will also be taking a turn at the old Steinway so that we can enjoy continuous music throughout the Hometown Christmas celebration. Please see below for our December music calendar.


French Wine Tasting

With Thomas Meunier from

 Tuesday 16, December 2014, 06:30pm

Join us Tuesday, December 16 @ 6:30 for an evening of French wine with Thomas Meunier, from Authentique Vin and Allen Clark from Empire Distributing. Originally from France, Meunier started his wine career at Domaine Frederick Mabileau in the Loire Valley as their international sales manager. During his six years at Mabileau, working closely with a family that had made wine for four generations, Meunier was able to witness firsthand the energy, story, and love that went into the wines. He began developing a plan to start his own importing business focused on family owned wineries, making sustainably produced wines that expressed their place, their maker, and their culture. His efforts have proven an impressive showing, with beautiful wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Languedoc, the Rhone and the Loire Valley.  


In order to provide ample time for guests to talk with Thomas about his wines, seating will be limited so make your reservations soon. We will begin with a lovely sparkling Vouvray brut which may be my new affordable go-to bubbles for the holidays. We follow with a Muscadet, a Pouilly-Fuisse, a rose, then, four of our other favorite French reds, finishing up with an outstanding Crozes-Hermitage. Whether a Francophile or just someone who enjoys well made wine, this is not one to miss. It is an excellent opportunity to buy some classic French wines, unavailable on grocery store shelves, all made from organically grown grapes and perfect for gifts or holiday gatherings. The cost for the evening will be $49 which includes a taste of eight wines and hors d'oeuvres chosen to pair with them.


New Year's Eve 2014 at the Purple Onion 


5:00 Seating

Special New Year's Eve Menu

Fred Whiskin on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck 5:00 - 7:00


 8:00 Seating

Music with the Shana Blake Band 9:00 - 12:30

$65 (plus tax and gratuity) Four Course Dinner & Show includes champagne toast @ midnight

$25 Show Only (includes music and champagne toast @ midnight)


A limited number of seats are available on a first come first serve basis for show only tickets.

Dinner reservations will have their table for the entire evening.


Reservations required for both seatings.  Credit Card required to hold reservation


The Purple Onion will be closed Christmas Day. We will also close from January 1 through January 7 for cleaning and maintenance.


 Live Music in December    

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


December 4 -  Scoot Pittman

When Scoot is in the house, you know that you will be having a great evening of music as he draws you into his incredible songs and energy.


December 6 - The Bad Popes

This versatile band returns with their many different styles of music which includes everything from western swing to rock to straight up country material. 


December 11 - Jimmy Landry

Jimmy has a song entitled "Life Is Good" which is exactly how you will feel at the end of an evening in the embrace of a memorable voice and his passionate enthusiasmfor music.


December 13 - Shane Pruitt Band

This band lives and breathes the blues and gospel and embodies a regional tradition while bringing Its original tone and flare to every performance.


December 18 - The Red Honey

Bearing a sound dubbed as the secret love child of Johnny Cash and Grace Slick, this band was a huge hit when they appeared earlier this year.


December 20 - Ragged Orchids

This bands' unique blend of Americana, alt-country and pop with a melodic style that is complemented by a poignant lyric sense and enduring harmonies makes for a wonderful evening of music.


December 25 - CHRISTMAS - NO MUSIC


December 27 - Clay Ross - Clay Ross

Making his annual year-end appearance with us, "this very deft guitarist has a rich vocabulary of folk, blues and jazz at his disposal" Wall Street Journal.


Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.

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


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


Saluda 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

December 5- Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) 6pm

December 6 - Autumn Care at 6pm  

December 12 - MA Pace General Store during Hometown Christmas   

December 19 - Saluda Family Restaurant (truck stop) at 6pm


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



green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT

What's new at the "BREW DEPOT"?

We'll be open during the Saluda Hometown Christmas stroll, so stop in for some refreshment at the Brew Depot, your neighborhood pub.  


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 

December is a busy month for dancers!  We are excited to participate in this year's

Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 12.

Drop in and support our dancers at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall from 6:30-7:30PM that evening.  During the week of December 15, we will be performing for the residents of Autumn Care.  Our National Honor Society for Dance Arts members and candidates will be giving a special performance of "Zat You Santa Claus?" for the students of Saluda Elementary School during their variety show on the evening of December 18.


Adults, come join the fun and work off those extra holiday pounds!  Classes continue on a regular schedule through Thursday, December 18.  The Dancer's Extension will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 19 through Sunday, January 4.  All classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, January 5.


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     


Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a workshop in his studio, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp", on Thursday-Saturday, January 22-24, 2015.


This indoor painting workshop provides a superior learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of painting. The workshop will concentrate on values, design, and temperature variety, all while simplifying the painting approach to achieve spontaneous and bold brushwork.


The students will paint from photo references and or still life set ups in the studio. There will be lots of one on one easel time, demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day.


The workshop price, $350, includes a tasty lunch brought to Jim's studio each day by The Saluda Grade Café.


The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.


For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at, email or call 828 -749-3702.Visit his  Like us on Facebook


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 welcomes visitors all year round, especially during the Christmas season. We may have a fire in the big fireplace in the "Big Room" and coffee, hot chocolate or herb tea to drink on these days.


Come see works by our talented artists/crafters, completed or in progress.


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street). We are open 11-5 Fri-Sat (weather permitting), and other days/times by request.  Phone 828-749-9718 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at

News and New Work from Anne and Bill Jameson

The following museums have acquired work in 2014 by William Jameson: 

*The South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, "Reflections of Red Creek Bank," 56x48 oil on canvas

*Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, "November on Eastatoe Creek," 60x144 oil on canvas

*Burroughs Chapin Museum of Art, "Fall at Wishing Creek," 40x30 oil on canvas


New Work by Anne and Bill Jameson.  

"On the Backroad to Mount Mitchell" 36x48 oil on canvas by Bill Jameson


"Waiting for Spring" 9x12 oil on canvas by Anne Jameson
May be seen at Cathy Jackson Realty.

Upcoming 2015 Exhibits

Irene Morrah,Greenville, SC , Opening reception Friday, February 17 - March 31.

Tryon Painters and Sculptors, Tryon, NC, Opening reception March 7 - March 31.


2015 Workshops

Give the gift of Art!

For your holiday or birthday wish list, gift certificates are available for all workshops! Call (828-749-3101) or email


*Working Large without Fear, Guild of Charlotte Artists, Charlotte, NC , January 22-24, 2015

*Problem Solving in Art Saluda, NC, February 19-21, 2015

*Charleston Artists Guild, Charleston, SC, March 9-13, 2015

*Spring on the Blue Ridge, Saluda, NC, March 14-16, 2015

*Abaco Islands, September 19-23, 2015

*Fall on the Blue Ridge, Saluda, NC, October 19-23, 2015


For more information, please visit, call 828-749-3101 or email  


Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have Open Studio Saturday on December 13 from 1-3 p.m. at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street; Paintings, sculptures and note cards are available; and commissions can

be arranged.
Her landscape series "Esto Perpetua" is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Ca
nyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon; in Saluda, her paintings are found in Purple Onion and Saluda Grade. Currently she is in Carolina Gallery's holiday show in Spartanburg, SC; and will be one of the featured artists at a benefit fund-raiser at Tryon's historic "Mostly Hall" on December 15. 


Parking available across the street at the Saluda Fire Department.

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


Photo caption: "Songs to the Earth"  (three panels, 24" x 24" each) by Bonnie Joy Bardos.

Judy Ward's 60th Birthday Party at the Boarding House Venue Dec. 6, 7pm to 11pm... 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.

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.

Ecumenical Christmas Service will be held at the Saluda Presbyterian Church at 8:15 following the stroll.

Music Venues
Dancer's Extension - dancers will perform at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Heartwood Gallery -Amy Brucksch playing guitar.
Macon Bank - Rodney Gibson, keyboard and songs
M.A.Pace - James Metcalf and Colt Creek Band, bluegrass and gospel.
Meanwhile Back in Saluda and Wildflour Bakery -
Alan Dillman and friends playing Irish music.
Purple Onion - Fred Whiskin and Robert Seiler on piano.
Saluda Gem Mining & Wick Ware - Richard and Barbara Sharkey, Christmas songs on piano.
Saluda Library - Jan Daugherty violinists, Fiddler's Fancy

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


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 Scoop

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


Holiday Gift Package from The Gorge

"The Coolest Gift Under The Tree - Adventure and GEAR!  This year, purchase a Zip Line Canopy Tour trip for 2 and get your Gorge Gear FREE!


Package includes: 2 Gift Certificates for the 2015 season, 2 Gorge T-shirts, 2 Gorge Water Bottles, 2 Saluda Adventure Guides and Gorge stickers.


Click here to shop Gorge Gift Cards. Once purchased, The Gorge will be in touch to confirm shipping info and T-Shirt sizes. The Gorge will be open year-round. Please contact for scheduling information. 


The Gorge

166 Honey Bee Drive

Saluda NC



I am so grateful for the enthusiastic welcome so many of you have extended to Sassafras in our first month of business! Especially popular is a large selection of scarves, which will be perfect for many on your Christmas list! For these cooler days, check out our 100% alpaca wool sweaters. You'll also find Jag Jeans and vests (some reversible!) in several different styles. Don't miss our section of "fancy" tops for special evenings, wonderful ear-rings (including clip-ons!), and some adorable knitted gloves, hand-warmers, and headbands!


If you haven't visited us, you're in for a treat! Be sure to stop by for wine or cider during Hometown Christmas on December 12, 6pm to 8pm. You'll also discover some Special Discounts for that occasion!


And we're happy to offer free gift-wrapping!


We're located at 46 E. Main St., next to the Saluda Grade. We're open M-Th 11-5, Friday 11-6, Sat 10-6 and Sun 12:30-4:30! Call us at 828-749-2379. 

salamander Salamander has a new addition - American handmade furry toys and puppets that are fabulous and fun.  Come see them as well as the work of 100 American artists and some superb fair trade handcrafters.  Salamander is your local book store, too, with great reads especially chosen by Cynthia. 

Salamander is at 7 West Main St., Saluda.  828-749-3466.


TanTastic Tanning Salon
December deals from Tantastic Tanning Salon. Buy a monthly package starting at $35, receive a $20 gift card FR
EE! Give them as gifts or keep for yourself! Your monthly package starts with the first tan not the purchase date. Also offering a "make your own gift basket." Choose from a variety of tanning lotions, foot rubs and gift cards. And don't forget our airbrush spray tan, this month only $25 dollars! God Bless and Merry Christmas!

Stop by during Hometown Christmas for cider and handouts describing our products and services.

Phone number is 828-490-2083, 19 Pearson's Falls Rd (next Wildflour Bakery). Make an appointment or just walk in.



The Dressing Room, Etc. will be closing in mid December until the 2nd week in March of 2015, all merchandise has been reduced up to 50% to make way for our new Spring and Summer collection. 


I would like to thank everyone who has supported The Dressing Room over the past year and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! 


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


Looking forward, Irmy


The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

A New Holiday Tradition 

The weather outside was perhaps a little cooler than our Floridian guests expected, but Team Christmas rolled into town, and after a fortifying meal, got down to business. They traveled from Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, Titusville, Cleveland, Georgia and Groton, Connecticut to lend their special holiday touch to every mantle, banister and available surface. The Snow Village twinkles brightly in the parlor... but is not to be out shined by the mammoth Douglas fir that dominates the library.


The dedicated effort of this unique group of family and friends results in a Victorian home that abounds with holiday cheer! Photographs cannot capture the enthusiasm, detail and love put into this annual effort that so beautifully exemplifies the spirit of Christmas.


The innkeepers at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast are anxious to share this magnificent display of history, light, and love with you and your family. Create holiday memories that will last a lifetime! Plan your visit to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast - from now until New Years!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.


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

As you walk through our front doors, the smell of the ever burning fire in the stone fireplace, mixed with fir and holly from fresh wreaths, and lights twinkling all around transport you into a festive mood - for the holidays are here. It's a time of family and friends, good food, spiced wine and rejoicing in how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place as Saluda.


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" 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 for 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 Pawley'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, 2014 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)



Rattler & Friends Books, Volume 1, 2, &3 - $24.00, Volume 3 - $10,00, plus Rattler T-Shirt.


Gift certificates available!


Children's Christmas Craft Luncheon - Upstairs in the Charleston Room. Each child will receive a hot dog, chips, and drink for lunch and will make three Christmas crafts for the holiday. Monday, December 22, 11am to 2pm. $10.00/each and craft supplies included. Sign up and make payment at Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill by December 15.


Christmas at Thompson's Store

Custom made Christmas ornaments, key chains, magnets, bottle stoppers all with "Oldest Grocery Store in NC" make great       stocking stuffers!  All USA made.   

1890 Tobacco Walking Sticks - $19.99 

xmas-tree-icon.gif Looking for the gift for someone who has everything?  Nothing better than Food-Jams-Jellies-Cider-Local Honey!

Market Specials
15lb Package for $65.85 includes:
  • 5lbs Charlie's Sausage
  • 5lbs Bacon
  • 5lbs Ground Chuck

5lb Roasted Turkey Breast for Christmas-pre-ordered by December 22 for $25. 


"Free Veteran's Breakfast"

December 18 from 8am to 10am at Ward's Grill. 

Wine Tasting in the Grill December 4, 4 to 6pm.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 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

Happy Holidays!

While supplies last...from Highland Brewery the yearly anticipated Cold Mountain is on tap. Every restaurant and bar is only allocated so much! We have ours on tap and extras in our cooler! Also on tap for cold wintery days are Highland Mocha Stout and Thunderstruck Coffee Porter.


We are offering a variety of soups and stews...some which include Smokehouse Chili, Brunswick Stew, Clam Chowder, Shrimp and Corn Bisque, Tomato Bisque, and Loaded Potato Soup, to just name a few.  


Our newly added Grit Fritters are such a big hit! Also the Sausage Dip that is made with Charlie Ward's famous sage sausage!  Come give them a try. Some of our apps are $2.00 off Tuesday - Thursday.


Everyday Pint PBR and Narragansett as always are just 1.50!


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.


Customers say that our Mountain Burger is the best burger anywhere. We hand patty Black Angus ground beef and cook to your liking.  You get your choice of toppings and cheeses if you like.

Come join us for great food, great service, and great beer or wine.  We have three large screen TV's and we will put your game on! 


We will close on Christmas Eve and reopen December 26th. 


All of us at Green River BBQ wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday!


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   

December is one of those happy, hurry, social-whirlwind months.  So I intend to be brief!


*Wildflour's Pizza night will continue through the end of December, EXCEPT for Friday, December 12 when we will see you all here for the annual HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS celebration from 6pm - 8pm.  (Don't worry -- Friday Night Pizza will return in the Spring.)


WILDFLOUR BAKERY Holiday Shopping 2014 -- please stop by and fill out your order sheet...or check out this one and give us a call (828-749-9224 or 749-3356).


Wildflour's 2015 Mug:  This year's Artisan mug was designed by Mountain Joy Pottery, located here in Saluda, NC

Christmas Cookie Assortment:  Some of our all-time favorites are teaming up with some new creations.  This year we are making....Fruitcake Cookies, Pecan Pie Bites, Chocolate Shortbread, Raspberry Walnut Swirls, Grandma's Christmas Specials, the Classic Neiman Marcus cookies, Orange-Cranberry White Chocolate Chip &, of course, Bourbon Balls.

Christmas Morning Quiche:  Festive & fabulous, Wildflour's famous Spinach & Cheddar Quiche is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition.

Southern Chess Pies:  Perfect for Holiday Gatherings or Gift Giving.  Your choice of our Lemon Chess, Cranberry Chess or our Chocolate Pecan Chess

Support Local Gift Bag:  A loaf of our elegant braided County Fair Bread, a jar of local Apple Butter & a Christmas Cookie Assortment would make anybody's day special. Gift bag includes a bow & tag.


All orders must be in by Sunday, December 21.

All orders must be picked up by 12:00 on Wednesday, December 23.


WILDFLOUR BAKERY WILL BE CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.  We will re-open Friday, December 26.


Merry Christmas from everyone here at Wildflour.


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, Back in Saluda Events for December 

Wine Tasting: Every Friday Night Wine Tasting 5 PM - 7 PM.  


SALE! Get ready for December Sales!

We have to sell to the walls to be ready for shop remodeling in January. Stop by and see weekly specials as we try to SALE SALE SALE to empty the shelves before the paint crew arrives!


Holiday Wine and Beer:  We have the perfect wines and craft beer for your holiday table or gift giving. Stop by and we can help pick the perfect wine or beer for your meal and guests.


New December Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00  PM Every day including Sunday.

Open 10 AM till 10 PM Friday  for Wildflour Pizza Night OR open Friday till 7 PM when Wildflour is closed.

Call us (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.



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


Merry Christmas Saluda!

We know the holiday season can be a busy time. Macon Bank has alternative banking options that give you the freedom to bank on your own time. Our banking tools include Mobile and Online Banking, Online Account Opening, and Mobile Deposit.  


With Mobile and Online Banking, you can check balances, transfer money and pay bills from any smartphone or computer with an internet connection. Online Account Opening takes advantage of Macon Bank's superior online security to allow you to apply for different bank accounts from a computer. Mobile Deposit is a feature of the Mobile Banking app that once activated allows you to deposit checks into your account using your smartphone's camera.


Macon Bank would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and prosperous New Year. We hope your Holiday season is filled with happiness and joy. Don't forget to join us and the rest of the community for the Saluda Hometown Christmas from 6-8pm on Friday, December 12.

If you have any questions or need help with any of these services, or your accounts, call us at 828.749.2550 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


Random Arts, conveniently located at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone, has the most amazing selection of ladies clothes and accessories, and they are fully stocked and ready for the holiday season. Not only do they carry the latest fashion finds but the prices are quite reasonable and affordable.


They have been in business in Saluda for over 19 years and have continued to serve the creative community by carrying a wide range of art materials for the beginner and advanced artist. You'll find everything from watercolors, brushes & pencils to sketching supplies, acrylic paints by Golden and Liquitex and everything in between. Workshops with local and international instructors take place year round.


This holiday season, a large selection of under $10 stocking stuffers are available from gloves, socks, jewelry, scarves, and more.




Your packages will be happily gift wrapped with a smile. Gift Certificates available in any amount.


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     

Saluda School Advertising Opportunity to Community and Business Owners

Saluda School The Saluda Elementary School Yearbook is selling ads to help support the yearbook. This is a great way to advertise for your business. It is also a great way to support your local school.  


The ad prices are as follows:

Business Card $25.00

½ page $80.00 (size is approx. 4 business cards)

Full page $125.00 (size is approx. 8 business cards)


If you are interested in placing an ad in our yearbook, please do one of the following: (Please note we do not design the ads for you.)

  • Bring your ad and a check for the ad (payable to Saluda Elementary School) to the school office.
  • Mail your ad and a check for the ad (payable to Saluda Elementary School).

     Mail to: Saluda Elementary School, 214 E. Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, Attn: Ginger Rackley


All ads must be placed and paid for by January 30, 2015.

Thank You,

Ginger Rackley

Saluda Elementary School

Saluda Winterfest

Saluda Winterfest celebrates winter in Saluda with a series of three exciting dining and music events to take the bite off the frosty nights and ward off the winter blues while you wine and dine and listen to regional live bands.


Saluda Winterfest will be held at Historic Thompson Store/Ward's Grill with Chef Irmy Chmielewski serving up delicious winter comfort food.    


Dates are Saturday, January 17, February 28, and March 21 from 6pm to 8:30pm.  Tickets will be $27 for food and entertainment.  Cash bar for wine and beer.  Limited to 50 tickets sold for each event.


Music Schedule & Performers

January 17 - Tom Fisch

Tom has his own publishing company and his songs have been recorded by a number of artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys and Swiss country singer Erica Arnold. Tom continues to pitch his songs to other artists but his main focus now lies in his own career as a performer. In 2004, Tom relocated to Western North Carolina and its thriving acoustic music scene. With the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration, Tom and his music have found a comfortable place to call home. And wherever he performs, audiences continue to connect with the warm, appealing style, diverse range of material, and talent this seasoned performer brings to the stage."


February 28 - Letters to Abigail

Letters to Abigail is an Appalachian/Americana band based in Western North Carolina. 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, drenched in powerful lyrics, acoustic melodies and soulful harmonies. They released their debut CD, "Say Anything" in July 2013. The full length album was recorded at the internationally recognized and award winning Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC.


March 21 - Terry Wetton

Terry grew up in London where he played rock music during the 60's. Since moving to North Carolina in 2003, he continues to perform concerts at listening rooms in the Western North Carolina area, entertaining audiences with original songs that reflect his unique style and perspective. At his solo shows, he supports his distinctive vocals with finger picked acoustic guitar and piano. He released his successful, original CD "This Time it's Personal" in 2011 and his latest CD, "Simply Love .." is scheduled for release in January 2015.


Reserve tickets now by calling Judy Ward at 828-749-2321.  Tickets will go on sale December 15, 2014 and available at Historic Thompson's/Ward's Grill, The Dressing Room, and Cathy Jackson Realty.


Sponsored by the Saluda Downtown Foundation and proceeds will go toward funding projects to benefit downtown.

Call for Artists - 12th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 


  Historic Downtown

Saluda,  NC

   May 16, 2015  

10am - 4pm


Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 16, 2015.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  


Exhibit Fee:  $65 

Entry Deadline:  March 16, 2015


Download application by clicking here or visiting and linking to the arts festival page.


For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, or Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534,  

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
Greaton Sellers

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   


Chances are you've seen or heard Greaton Sellers around Saluda-tall guy, graying hair combed straight back, sporting a big smile and speaking with an unmistakable Charleston accent. It's a dead giveaway to his South Carolina Low Country heritage.


Born and raised in Charleston, Sellers is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He is a U.S. Army veteran and was a self-described "baby-faced lieutenant" during his service in Korea in the late sixties. He traces his family back four generations to Ireland, but it is the Sellers ancestry in Charleston and their brush with Civil War history where things get very interesting.


First, Greaton's great-grandmother came face-to-face with Union Major General William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame (or infamy, depending on one's northern or southern orientation). This encounter in the Low Country was a very personal thing for the Sellers clan and the stuff from which family legends are made.


According to Greaton's version, Sherman's soldiers were preparing to burn the main house at Bonny Hall Plantation, south of the town of Yemassee in Beaufort County. As the story goes, Anna Jane Swift Sellers, Greaton's great-grandmother, grabbed the reins of Sherman's steed and implored him not to burn the house. Her husband was the overseer for the plantation.


"No woman has ever touched my horse," an astonished Sherman is said to have said to Mrs. Sellers. "I won't burn the plantation house, but I will burn your house." According to Greaton, that's exactly what the general ordered his boys to do.


John Mahony, Greaton's great-grandfather, was a naval blockade runner during the Civil War. He slipped past Union ships off the Carolina coast to bring supplies to the Confederacy. His exploits enrich the family history as well.


"For thirty-eight years, we came up to Pisgah View Ranch for family reunions. It was a wonderful place," Greaton said. "Then we started coming to Cabin Fever near Saluda."


"My family had been in the moving business in Charleston for decades," Greaton said.  He had worked with that company since his high school days. When the business was sold in 1986, he turned to real estate. He continues in that field, working with Cathy Jackson Realty in Saluda.

Greaton met his wife, Betsy, when she was a school teacher in Charleston. They have a married son who lives in the South Carolina Upstate. The Sellers built a vacation home in Saluda in 2002 with future plans to leave the Port City for the mountains. They moved to Saluda for good in 2009. "It's the people-the atmosphere up here," Greaton said, when asked what drew the Sellers to Saluda. "There's a quaintness about the place. It is a good little town to move to."


Saluda's history has become important to Greaton as well. As chairman of the Historic Saluda Committee, he has seen projects to preserve the community's past come to fruition and has hopes for a town museum.


As for hobbies, Greaton says taking care of things around the house occupies much of that kind of time. The Sellers do make time for their pet, a rescue dog that is a Wheaton Terrier-Bichon mix. "She is one of the loves of our lives," Greaton said, adding with that sly smile and a twinkle in his eye, "Her name is 'The Princess Aurora Alexia Sellers'. She didn't have a pedigree, so we gave her one."


By Ken Webb-freelance writer and author of Mr. Carter's Sword, a Five-Star novel available in print and in ebook formats on

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.


Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm
- 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890. 
Gentry's Christmas Trees
- 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:  
Hope Hollow Farms
- Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.  
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County 
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513 
Wesley Creek Tree Farm
- 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.  
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees -
951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Transylvania County 
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm
- 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954  
Colonial Acres Nursery
- 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email: 
Farley Nursery
- PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828 
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm
- 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951. 
McCall's Tree Farm
- 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608 
Nicholson Tree Farm
- PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570 
Parker Tree Farm
- 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712 
Raxter Tree Farm
- 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600 
Shoal Creek Tree Farms
- 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.   
More Area Tree Farms
Our Cover Design
The Southern Railroad "Climb" Up Saluda Mountain
Saluda Magazine, First Issue

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


Nothing seems a more appropriate Saluda design than the train coming through the CUT. Saluda Mountain with its steepest railroad grade east of the Rockies stands out not only as a beautiful, majestic and thrilling work of nature, but also as a monument to the skill and perseverance of engineering genius. Ever since the first train came up the mountain on July 4th, 1878, the sound of the laboring engines reverberating through the cuts and against the cliffs has fired the imagination of the listeners. On that day an excursion was run from Spartanburg and was met here by people who came from miles around, on foot, on horseback, in carts, and in buggies or other vehicles, to celebrate the event. Until the completion of the railroad in 1880, stage coaches carried passengers from the top of the grade to Hendersonville and Asheville, the drivers and horses being boarded by Mr. R. W. Pace.


Saluda's "Helper" engine goes down the moun­tain to meet all westbound trains. At Melrose it is attached to the back of the up-coming train which it "helps" up the grade.


While all our railroad men are admired for their courage and industry, the engineers in charge of the Helper have always occupied a peculiar place of honor and appreciation because of the unique and glamorous work done by them.


Several names that will be remembered in con­nection with the Helper are Bolich, McAllister, Hopkins, Sullivan, Ransom, and Patterson. Mr. E. L. Patterson has served longer in this capacity than any other man. Starting work on the Helper in Oc­tober 1904, he has been with it continuously since that time. It is always a pleasure to see his friendly face framed in the cab window. 

Saluda Magazine
Continued from "Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains"
This is the final continuation of article appearing in the Saluda Magazine, Winter 1936-1937 edition. Beginning of article was in mid month November Saluda Lifestyles.



"Through the gaunt woods the winds are shrilling cold,

Down from the rifted rock the sunbeam pours

Over the cold grey slopes and stony moors,


it lights the marvelous work wrought by magic of lichens and mosses. As age after age has gone by, the crags, cliffs and peaks have been softened with their draperies-hundreds of varieties in grey, yel­low, brown, blue, green and black. Ruskin de­scribes these as:


"Meek creatures; the first mercy of the earth, veiling with hushed softness its dustless rocks; creatures full of pity, covering with strange and tender honour the scarred disgrace of time."


Lichens have neither root, stem nor leaf. These beautiful flowerlike formations grow in the utmost limits of vegetation-on the highest mountains, in arid deserts and frozen regions. Some creep over fence rails, stumps and waste, or hang like shaggy beards on hoary trees. Others paint the rocks with delicate patterns of red and green in shell-like form. As they beautify their barren places of abode, they secrete acid which dissolves the rock. In time, their decaying fibers, mixed with the tiny particles, prepare and enrich a place for more highly developed life.


Usually found growing with the lichens in damp, shady places, on rocks and bark of trees, are flat lobed leaf-shaped plants. On the underside of these, liverworts are invisible rootlets which hold the tiny leaves fast to the object which is their host. These quaint plants, which get their name from resemb­lance to the human liver, were once the subject of many superstitions concerning their medicinal and healing powers.


The social little plants which first begin to cloak the surface of rocks, sands and trees, are among the most wonderful formations of Nature. Small and insignificant as mosses appear, they have tiny stems and true leaves, though they belong to the flowerless group. Their spore-bearing urns almost always open at the top by diminutive lids. Inside, the capsule and organs, when observed even with an ordinary magnifying glass, reveal great beauty and present fascinating studies.


Under hot sun, some mosses curl their leaves to protect their upper surfaces from drying heat-and then appear brown and dead. Showers and cool weather bring back their fresh green color. Though many species live in damp shady places, others are found where it is dry and warm. They hold mois­ture and encourage other plant life. Like lichens, they are soil builders. Small roots, working slowly with infinite patience, break off tiny bits of rock and in time reduce it to finest dust.


Under the warm blanket of moss, plants of moun­tain and marsh are wandering

"If the sap is stirring yet,

If winter birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel yet the sun,

And crocus /ires are kindling one by one."


At Candlemas time, the red and yellow willows which fringe banks of the streams begin to take on fresh color. Cold-purpled trees, stripped bare by winter blasts, tinge with a faint warming flush. Alder tassels show a gling of gold tracery.


From under their furry coat of purple leaves, tips of hepaticas begin to peep out; arbutus buds stir in their soft coverings, and

"Ere Man is aware

That Spring is here,

The Flowers have found it out."

Childhood in Saluda
School Days, School Days, Dear Old...
by Clark Thompson


My formal education began in the autumn of1945 immediately following the end of World War II, under the tutelage of Mrs. Doty Hall who had also taught four of my older siblings at the same first grade level. Her later telling me that I was the smartest kid in my family had absolutely nothing to do with my great admiration for her. Well okay....maybe just a little bit! Like memories of one's first teenage puppy love, it is not unusual that an inordinate amount of fond memories become attached to our first teacher. Considering today's educational standards for smaller classroom size, our huge class of 36 kids had to be a nightmare for any teacher back then. Ironically, Mrs. Hall had no children of her own which may have allowed her to share so much endless love with her many students.


Strict discipline was so paramount for school principal Dr. W. E. Sawyer that for a number of years he convinced the North Carolina Department of Education to count the lunch period as one of the six instructional periods required for the school day. His argument was that both manners and discipline were being taught during this break which also helped keep our school day shortened. The beginning bell rang at 9:00 AM and the ending bell at 3:00 PM. I suspect that the dearth of teachers may have contributed to his plan for such a shorter day. Likewise, the new school year didn't start until the first Monday after Labor Day and ended in late May. Summer school was non-existen tand, with no fall or spring breaks, this allowed for more than three full months of summer vacation.


My fourth grade teacher was the wife of a local preacher and possessed a fairly mean streak. The slightest disobedience or mischief in her class often ignited her temper, so much so that some 65 years later some of her Delphic-like threats of purgatory are still seared into my few remaining brain cells. Like Mrs. Hall she also had no children of her own but the contrast in teaching styles was noticeably different.


The state required a minimum enrollment of 60 students in order for the high school to remain open, and every year it was a struggle to find enough kids who were willing to stay in school. At that time consolidation of high schools had not taken hold in most rural areas, and the only options for Saluda students would have been a bus ride down the treacherous Highway 176 to much larger schools in Tryon or up the same winding road to Hendersonville. Both options posed hazardous travel year-round but even more so during icy winter conditions. That safety argument was used very effectively and played an important role in keeping Saluda High School open for a number of years. 


During each summer break, persuasive efforts were required by faculty members to bring dropped-out students back into the school for at least several weeks to ensure the minimum required enrollment count. Unfortunately, many teenage males saw little value in obtaining a high school diploma when they could immediately find jobs in saw mills, auto garages, gas stations, or pulp wood and other labor-intensive jobs requiring little education.  No high-tech training was necessary, only a strong back and a willingness to work long hours for little pay. However, these jobs did provide enough income to pay for a fixer-upper automobile or truck. From that first grade number of 36 students, our graduating class had declined to 13. Even worse, the previous class graduated only 8.


Because class sizes were so small, each year the junior and senior classes combined fundraising efforts for two one-week-long trips, alternating between Daytona Beach and Silver Springs one year and Washington, D. C. the next. One huge fund-raising effort involved sponsoring the original Oak Ridge Boys Quartet, who at that time sang only spiritual music. The performance was held at the high school auditorium. But by the time we paid their fee and one for a very popular Greenville morning radio disc jockey who acted as master of ceremonies, the coffers were almost barren.


 Practice sessions for our "less than slapstick" senior play, another fund-raising effort, began in early fall after we quickly figured out that they could be valid excuses for skipping certain class periods. Since Dr. Sawyer was no longer the school's principal, these sessions were basically unsupervised and a certain amount of mischief became the norm. The most memorable event was the brain-child of classmate Frank "Speedy" Middleton.


A door at the top of several steps provided access to the stage. Frank suggested that we rig up a bucket of water that would dump on one of our female classmates when the door was opened from the outside. Of course, timing was critical if we were to catch one of the female rather than male classmates. The design, probably worthy of a Nobel Prize in quantum physics, had to be completed in stealth fashion. After assembling all necessary parts, we filled the bucket with water and proudly stood back in total admiration of our clever design. Unfortunately, due to lateness in the school day, we confidently left the trap set for the next practice session.


But alas, the best laid plans often do go awry, and in this case, they went somewhat badly to say the least. We were all so giddy with anticipation that no one gave any thought to the possibility of a teacher activating the water trap. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened! The terror that swept over each guilty participant was palpable for days as we all understood that there would be heck to pay, possibly including expulsion, should anyone squeal.


As in some of my earlier childhood stories, such prankish-type behavior was never considered by us as aberrant in character. We just categorized it as creative thinking!


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