Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
February 1, 2015 

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Saluda Real Estate Market
Community Calendar
Annual Calendar of Events
Dates to Remember
Brown Bag Collection
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Reiki Circle
Better Bellies
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Robinson Community Garden
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Out-of-School Days
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Winterfest
Saluda Scoop
Pearson's Falls Opens
Wilkes Buys Saluda Mountain Telephone Company
One Such Volunteer
Call for Artists
Tryon Arts
Polk County Library
Saluda Faces
Saluda Magazine
Childhood in Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Friendly Chatter
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 
Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

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 Western NC MLS Listing
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New on the Market!

Mountain cabin with million dollar view making this just what you have been waiting for. Perfect mountain get away with stone fireplace, hardwood floors and screened porch to enjoy the view. 2BR, 2BA, 1100SF, 2.34 ac, MLS#576409  #182,000

Contemporary ranch style home with custom high end upgrades, walkable to downtown.Lots of windows and light, hardwood floors, wood fireplace and beautiful outside spaces with flag stone patio and decks.  

2BR, 2BA, 1751 SF, MLS#576141 $252,000 


Awesome long range views, babbling creek, privacy yet easy access, close to downtown for shopping and dining. Hardwood floors, wood stoves, updated appliances. Partially finished basement serves as a great family room or extra sleeping space for guests. Workshop in basement. Open floor plan and master on main. 3BR, 2.5BA, 1.26 ac, approx 1776 SF, MLS#576234 $247,000


Hendersonville home court order sale.  Over look mountain views from covered front porch.Traditional home with spacious rooms and large kitchen. Full basement approx 1028 SF. 3BR, 2.5BA, 1907SF, 2-car garage, MLS#576420, $243,800.    


Hendersonville home in estate sale. Established neighborhood, corner lot, great vicinity of downtown Hendersonville and Mills River. Just needs your special touches to make this home what it once was. 2BR, 1.5 BA, .38 ac, Main level living, sgl garage. MLS#576545, $146,000. 



Charming historic home, walkable to Main Street shops, completely renovated and upgraded for today's living. Enjoy original wood floors, B-board walls and ceilings, fireplaces, front porch, stone work. Upgraded kitchen. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#574944, $222,000


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 


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

Mountain A frame 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



Only 2+ miles from downtown Saluda with open floor plan, great room with fireplace, large kitchen with breakfast bar, formal dining area and main level master bedroom suite. Two guest quarters on the 2nd level. Partial finished basement with 2 bonus rooms and a full bath.  3BR, 3.5 BA, 2373SF, 5.64ac, MLS#570050, $309,000.  Listing provided by Beverly Hanks.


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
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Just Can't Find the Perfect Mountain  Home? Then Build It!
Winter is the Best Time to View Land!

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 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 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



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
Saluda Real Estate Market 2014 Report
The Saluda Real Estate Market 2014 report compares neighboring communities to the Saluda real estate market. Saluda had an increase of 27% in units sold last year resulting in an 18% growth in total sales volume compared to 2013. Land sales continue to be slow with a large inventory of lots and lands.  Click here to see the report.
Saluda Service Directory
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

Annual Calendar of Events


Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 


Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

Spring Green Bash - Hosted at Green River Adventures.

Saluda Arts Festival - May 16, 2015

Top of the Grade Concerts -- (May through September)


Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.


Green River Games - Extreme multisport event September 4-5. 

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - September 12, 2015


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


Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December  




Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4, 2015

McCreery Park

2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Children ages one year to 13 years

If you have any plastic eggs you would like to donate to the hunt, please call 828-749-3789.


Saluda's Yard Sales

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saluda NC

7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Halloween Haunted House

Wednesday - Friday, October 28-30, 2015

Location to be determined

5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


More information to follow.  Call 828-749-3789.

Dates to Remember

Saluda Downtown Foundation (formerly Small Town Main Street) meets Tuesday, February 3 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, February 3 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust

meeting at 3pm, February 4 at Saluda Presbyterian Church office.  


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, February 13 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


Women's Club meets February 10 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, February 19 at Bay Breeze Restaurant in Hendersonville at 11:30 am. We will carpool from the Saluda Center at 11am. Feel free to bring friends. Contact Anita Moore if you have any questions 828-749-3335. 
Saluda Garden Club will meet February 16 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, February 23 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.

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.
Brown Bag Collection

Supplemental emergency bags of groceries will be distributed to anyone in need on the third Friday of the month. The last remaining date is 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.

CityCity Notes



Help Pave Pace Park  


heart A Valentine's gift that will keep on giving when you have the name of that special loved one engraved on a paver for Pace Park.  


Have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park as a recognition as a contributor to this new community park.  This park will be in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and will be the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.


$40 each, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Download an application here.


Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms. 


Now is the time to purchase your paver as the infrastructure is being developed and the laying of pavers will begin. 

For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or  

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Stay Informed - Get on a List!
Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email Cindy Hemenway at and ask to be placed on the email list.
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 February calendar.  For more information about activities or to 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., Feb. 5 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues.,Feb. 10 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Feb. 23 at 6:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained volunteer for SHIIP, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245.


There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.


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


If you are home-bound and cannot prepare meals, if you know of someone who needs meals brought to them, or if you are recovering from recent surgery and are 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.


Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.


If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.   


The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 

Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie
Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and others study group meet the first Sunday of every month from 5:00PM - 6:00PM at the Saluda Center.  For more information call Arlene at 828-817-3979 or Kathy Tyrrell  at 828-674-2692. Definition of The Work: "It's a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world." B.K.
Reiki Circle

2:00 PM Tuesday,

February 10, 2015

Downstairs at the Saluda (Senior) Center

64 Greenville Street,

Saluda, NC


In a perfect world, each of us would probably choose to focus our vision on our overall health. To take care of our physical beings, we must also keep in mind our spiritual and mental selves as they are all one without any separation. Reiki is a wonderful way to accomplish this and the decision truly is ours to set our own priorities. Let's make health our personal priority for 2015! Save the date-February 10 for our next gathering. We may discover that when we take care of ourselves, we will much more likely become more available to those who love and rely upon us. Caring for others, whether humans or animals, can help us realize the importance of taking care of ourselves first so we can be there for them in a more meaningful way. See you in February!  


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 and music moves and 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.


Tribal Bellydance


Beginner 6-7:00 

Intermediate 7:15-8:15


Better Bellies




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

Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT

Health and Wellness at the 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


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.
At Isothermal Community College

A new Chair Yoga class will be offered at Isothermal Community College on Wednesday's at 1 pm. Each class is a 6 week series costing $30 for the series. Dates are: Jan 21-Feb 25, March 4-April 8, April 15-May 20. Contact ICC at 828-894-3092 or register online, Isothermal.


For more info on class descriptions call or email Jo at 828-440-1160,


Jo Rytter is a Certified Kripalu movement instructor who has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches a 'Stretch and Breathe' class at Element.
Saluda Community Land Trust


A New Year and New Adventures!


Start thinking about the summer and the warm months ahead. What fun it would be for you, your family and friends to take the day off and wet your feet! SCLT has been doing a great amount of work to preserve Twin Lakes, an area that has deep history with the Saluda Community. If you are interested in reserving this spot for a festive occasion, or would just like to take the day off with family and friends, please call our office at 828-749-1560. This is a reservation only facility, and a donation is greatly appreciated.


Our next board meeting will be on February 4th at 3 PM.


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.

Robinson Community Garden

The 2015 growing season for the Robinson Community Garden will begin on March 1.


The garden is located on the corner of Henderson and Poplar St. Your plots will be available to plant and harvest your vegetables and herbs from March 1 to November 30.


A sign-up meeting will be held at Dave and Marilyn Prudhomme's home, 257 Henderson St on Thursday, February 12 at 6PM so you may select your plot. The cost for a plot is $30.


For further information, call 828-749-9172 or email .


The garden is sponsored by the Saluda Community Land Trust.

Saluda Garden Club

spring park February 16 Meeting

Author, Journalist, Lecturer, Gardener, Nan K. Chase of Asheville, NC will be the guest speaker for the Saluda Garden Club meeting on Monday, February 16th at the Saluda Library upstairs conference room. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.


Nan's book, Eat Your Yard! proves that you can have your beautiful landscape and eat it too! Fruit trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers provide beautiful blossoms, foliage, and structure, while also offering fruits, nuts, herbs, seeds and tuberous roots that you can eat fresh or preserve for year-round enjoyment. Nan will give us firsthand information and advice for growing plants that offer the best landscape features and culinary uses.


Nan K. Chase writes about architecture and landscape design from her home in western North Carolina. She is the co-author of Bark House Style and author of Asheville: A History, and maintains an active lecture and demonstration schedule for garden and landscape organizations, writers groups, and cooking schools.


Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Fine Gardening, Architectural Record and Southern Living. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is a contributing writer to WNC Magazine.


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)

Beauty or ugliness-is it in the eye of the beholder? A friend and I were walking along a downtown street one morning last summer and passed alongside an embankment covered with "weeds." My friend commented on the "weeds" saying "Why don't they mow those weeds or pull them up, just get rid of them, that ugly hill?"


My first thought, well-would it be more attractive to see raw earth bare and eroding?


Then, I spied the beautiful (in my opinion) little wild morning glories-lavender, pink, white-in the midst of the "weeds." And, there was a sumac plant, taller than the other growth. Close to the ground, a trillium. Thank you, Lord, for the beauty among the "weeds" and for the "weeds."


Towering majestically above was a stand of magnificent tulip poplars offering cool shade from the hot sun. In the fall the leaves will turn brown and drop to the ground, nourishing the earth and preventing erosion on the hill through their root systems holding the earth in place.


What a blessing-our natural environment!


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 WCS will meet on Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  The program for this month will be a demonstration from Pampered Chef.  All women of the area are invited to attend.  This is a fund-raising event and a percentage of sales will go to the Women's Club to use for scholarships.

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


Kudos to Betsy and Allen Burdett!

In the Winter 2014-15 edition of North Carolina Preservation, a magazine published by Preservation NC, Betsy and Allen were commended for their preservation efforts to preserve two of their properties in Saluda. Using preservation easements, they wanted to make sure that the Doc Sain Cabin and St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church were both protected. The land with the Doc Sain Cabin was already under a conservation easement by the Pacolet Area Conservancy, so Preservation NC worked out a collaborative protective arrangement with the regional land trust. The log cabin was built in the early 20th century as a farmhouse and is thought to be one of the last of its kind in the area. St. Matthews Church, which dates back to the early 20th century, was a thriving church for the African-American community for decades. Great job Betsy and Allen!


Greaton Sellers Recognized for His Role as Chairman & HSC Welcomes New Members

The Saluda Board of Commissioners have appointed Henry Bright, Corrine Gerwe and Rhonda Corley to serve on the Historic Saluda Committee. Greaton Sellers, Chair, appointed Betsy Burdett and Betty Anna Brown to serve as at-large members. Outgoing members were Greaton Sellers, who also stepped down as Chair, Carolyn Ashburn and Caroline Farris. Mary Ann Hester, Ammie Weymer, Charlene Pace and Cindy Tuttle remained on the Board. Cindy Tuttle was appointed Chairperson. Lynn Cass and Carolyn Ashburn attend as members from the Board of Commissioners. Greaton Sellers was recognized for his dedication to the HSC at the January meeting and presented with a framed certificate.  


Coming in 2015! Images of America: Saluda, NC

Happy New Year Saluda! Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Mary Ann Hester with the Historic Saluda Committee have been hard at work and have finally completed a book that will be included in the Images of America book series, through Arcadia Publishing Company. Featured will be 217 images of Saluda and its people, many of which have never been seen outside of the families that shared them. Included with each picture are details of Saluda's rich and fascinating history. A special thank you goes out to all that shared their photographs, memories and family lore because without YOU this book would never have come to fruition. Stay tuned for the 2015 release date.

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.



Please note! There has been a change in the January meeting date. The next HSC meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015 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

Out-of-School Days Childcare

porpoise Do you need childcare for the out-of-school days this Winter & Spring?


The Porpoise Room - a private childcare program in downtown Saluda - will be open 8 AM to 6 PM on the following "no school" days:

  • March 6th, March 9th
  • April 3rd, April 27th

(We are also always open for after school M-F.)


Be in touch now to register and reserve a spot.


Ellen W. Rogers, Owner/ provider

828-329-6790 (voice or text)


Safe, creative, fun, and friendly care close to home.  Serving grades PreK thru 5th.

($8.00/hr - snacks included)

144 West Main Street, Saluda, NC

(across from the BBQ)


Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

Upcoming Events:

February 4      100th Day of School!

February 9-13 Bus Driver Appreciation Week

A special thank you to Ron Bennett, Margaret Boone and Sheila Morley for being such safe and caring bus drivers!

February 9     6:30pm  School Board Meeting at Stearns

February 11    Interim Reports

February 13    Box Tops Collection Day

Please save and leave your collected Box Tops at the Saluda Post Office or the Saluda Community Library.  Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top.  This money is used to purchase books for Books Are Really Fun distributions.

February 20    Dentist Richard Reid will visit PreK-5th grades for dental health presentations.

February 23    Kindergarten students will walk to Saluda Community Library for Storytime.

February 26    PreK-5th Grades Assembly:  Doug Berky (theater/mime)  

February 27    Dress Down for Charity


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

 Children's Programs


Mon. 2/2 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 2/16 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 2/16 @ 3:30pm: Nintendo Wii U & Board Games

Hang out with your friends and play board games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Candy Land as well as Nintendo Wii U games such as Just Dance and Mario Kart.


Tues. 2/17 @ 3:30pm: LEGO Junior Makers

Our LEGO club starts with a literacy-based building activity,followed by free play.


Mon. 2/23 @ 3:30pm: Nintendo Wii U & Board Games

Hang out with your friends and play board games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Candy Land as well as Nintendo Wii U games such as Just Dance and Mario Kart.




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 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

Simple Alterations - Have pants that need hemming, sleeves shortened, tears to mend or patch?  Then give Charlene Pace a call at 828-749-2641. Very reasonable rates. She needs something to keep her busy! 


Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (828)749-3794.


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. 
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.

Tona L. Lawter, 67, of Saluda, died Sunday, Jan. 11, at St. Luke's Hospital.


George Michael Tillotson, 39, of Saluda, N.C. passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.

Donald Gene Ward, 68, of Saluda, NC passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 peacefully at his home.

Romancing Saluda

A quiet tranquility falls over Saluda in February while Saludians celebrate the month of love.  Showing your love in Saluda is easy to do. With the town's sweetest Main Street, intimate and fine-dining restaurants, and romantic charming inns and rustic cabins, there are many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day.  


Whether taking a hike to a romantic waterfall or having your breath taken away when zipping down the Gorge, romancing Saluda in February is exhilarating. 


January teased Saludians with spring-like weather, stirring up thoughts of spring and hesitant glances to the ground to look for early signs of jonquils bursting through. 


Even though the town may appear tranquil this time of the year, there's a lot of planning going on. Community organizations are planning for festivals, concerts, and social events while farmers and gardeners are studying the best time to plant--not too early so they can avoid those late winter freezes.


Saludians like to share their love of Saluda and invite you to make a special visit during the month of love.  It's a place where friends soon become family. 


Painting inside of heart is courtesy of plein air artist, Jim Carson. See more of Jim's Saluda paintings at

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in February 

If the cold weather has been keeping you inside, we have the perfect remedy for the stir crazies: a spectacular line up of live music, plenty of hearty comfort food to ward off the winter chill and first of the week specials to get you through until the weekend. Join us at the beginning of the week for a roaring fire in the wood stove and take advantage of our "Winter Blues Buster Bar Specials."  


Winter Blues Buster Bar Specials

We just added new dimension to our winter Monday & Tuesday tradition of "Oyster & Pint Night" with a special bar menu featuring pizza by the slice, fresh shucked oysters, flatbread specials, pint specials and house wine discounts. Every Monday we will tap a new specialty draft beer. Buy a pint of it and keep your glass or enjoy $1 off any one of our other great craft brews. All wine house pours are 25% off on Monday and Tuesdays as well. For all you Bell's fans, we're expecting our single keg allocation of Hopsslam the week of February 16. Be sure to mark your calendars. Open 11 AM until 8PM on Monday and Tuesday through winter, we serve the full lunch menu 11 AM - 3 PM, pizzas and bar menu 3 PM - 8 PM and entrees from 5 - 8 PM.


Italian Wines from Banfi Vintners

with John Miketa, Banfi and Allen Clark, Empire Distributing

February 10, 2015 @ 6:30

Join us Tuesday, February 10 for an Italian wine tasting featuring wines from Banfi Vintners. John Miketa from Banfi and Allen Clark from Empire Distributing will be on hand to enlighten us on these seven beautiful selections from Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, Banfi Piemonte of Strevi, Bolla and Sartori di Verona. The Mariani family, proprietors of Banfi Vintners, practice green winemaking at their own Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali estates, and share the same priorities with the families behind each of the Banfi import portfolio wineries. Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility.


Both our acclimation wines, a lovely dry sparkling rose and our finale, Amarone, one of the most unique styles of red wine in the world, are from the Veneto in northeastern Italy. Think Verona and Romeo & Juliet and you are there! Wait a minute! heart Think Valentine's Day, which falls on Saturday, the busiest restaurant day of the week. Why not celebrate it early with a sampling of wines and delightful small plates that personify passion. The price for the tasting will be $49 and includes several hors d'oeuvres, small plates and cheeses chosen to pair well with the selected wines. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179.


Live Music in February       

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


February 5 - Chris Rosser

"Chris Rosser is his own tour de force. An accomplished producer and instrumentalist, and a graceful writer and proficient singer." He has a new recording out called "A Thousand Hands."


February 7 - Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore

Giving us raw uncut truth through their blues influenced songs and featuring

Kenny Dore on harmonica.


February 12 - Chris Padgett and Wrenn

Chris Padgett returns with his unique thrash flat-picking & syncopated finger picking style, accompanied by Wrenn, from Athens, GA for her debut at the Onion.


February 14 - Buncombe Turnpike

This fabulous bluegrass band from Asheville plays a variety of tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel.


February 19 - Mark Stuart

This Americana/Folk veteran returns to us. To celebrate his 50th birthday, he will be singing songs from his past and reflections on how the music of Paul McCartney has influenced his career.


February 21 -  The Moon and You

This duo combines guitar, cello and two voices in harmony to produce a sweet and sometimes swinging take on Americana-type folk music.


February 26 - One Leg Up

"One Leg Up is a ticket back in time to the 1930s Paris and the glory years of Django Reinhardt" Michael Dregni, author of DJANGO."


February 28 - JPQ Band

Blues lovers, mark it down. Jim Peterman returns with his B-3 organ and his great band.


Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.

The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT

What's happening at the Brew Depot?


Super Bowl Party, Sunday, February 1 at 5:00pm.

Appetizer party with an Oskar Blues tap glass while supplies last! 


heart Valentine's Day, Saturday February 14, 6pm. Bring your sweetheart and a potluck dish to share.


Starting January, our winter hours are: 

Thursdays 4-9:00pm

Fridays 4-10:00pm

Saturdays 2-10:00pm


There's always something going on at the Depot. Live entertainment, potlucks, social gatherings.... spontaneous fun.  Drop in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday never know what may be going on! 


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


Save the date March 28th for a special Country Music Concert!!! Details, prices, time and other information coming soon! Keep checking our website---

contra Come Contra with us on Valentine's Day, February 14th !

On Saturday night, we will be at our favorite place, The Party and Event Place so come celebrate with us! Lessons are from 7:30-8PM with dancing from 8-10:30PM.


The caller is Charlotte Crittenden who is a crowd favorite. Music by Eric the Cat. This is a fantastic group of players. Any time we have percussion or Piano, it adds so much and we will had BOTH! Alan Dillman on Fiddle; Wes Maluk on guitar, banjo, whistle, etc; Terry Maluk on percussion; and Karen Gaughan on Piano.


Dress in your favorite red outfit and come enjoy some sweets that we are providing. And bring your own favorite Valentine goody to share if you want! Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for students and those under 18.


In case of inclement weaather we will leave a message on the Party Place Line 828-749-3676 or visit The Party Place website at 


Check out our Facebook page Blue Ridge Contra Dancers. Make sure you are on our email list; we always have a sign-up sheet at the dance!


Remember, all dances are the second Saturday of the month with lessons at 7:30 and dancing from 8-10:30pm.


Check out events schedule on the website, or contact 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

chicken house
The Old Chicken House  

(Studios and retail space for creative people.)


Collections are fun! Folks coming into the "Hen's Nest" in the Old Chicken House have been finding items that inspire them to start a collection for a special person or for themselves.


We recently found a ready-made collection, one that could be continued, of small teapots, each made in another part of the world (other than China). Each had been beautifully designed with individual character and priced at $3 each.


There were hand-made angels, each made of varying materials - lace, paper, corn shucks, crystal beads hand-blown in Austria. Each sold separately, also for $3 each.


We continue to add new old treasures and we plan to expand our space in the spring.


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


Bill Jameson is to be juror for the Anderson Arts Center's 40th Annual Juried Art Show,

March 2015, in Anderson, South Carolina.


New painting by Bill Jameson, "Woodland Light" 30x40 Oil on Canvas  





New painting by Anne Jameson, "Fall at Maple Ridge Farm," 24 x 30 Oil on Canvas






2015 Workshops

Give the gift of Art! The perfect Valentine's Day present for any special occasions--gift certificates are available for all workshops! Call (828-749-3101) or email


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

The Abacos, Bahamas - September 19-23, 2015

Fall on the Blue Ridge

Saluda, NC - October 19-23, 2015


For more information about workshops, please visit


Upcoming 2015 Exhibits

Irene Morrah, Greenville, SC , Opening reception Friday, March 6.

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


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

Random Arts 

Are you ready to get out and get creative? Random Arts is open Thursday - Saturday offering creative workshops every week to get you through the winter blues.  Starting Tues., Feb. 3 from 10-12, you can try out Zen Doodling with other like-minded, creative souls. This is an easy, no stress way to get your creative juices flowing and there's no commitment to be here. Just show up and we'll show you the way, from beginning artists to the most advanced. No need to pre-register AND there's NO COST.


Additional workshops will continue throughout the month that include Gouache Resist, Torn Paper Art & Valentine cards.  Each workshop is 3 hours long and the cost is a surprisingly low $20.


What a great way to de-stress the winter blues by hanging out with other creative souls in a safe and comfy environment! 

Fri. 6th - Hearts Everywhere Simple Cards 1-4

Sat. 7th - Play Day - NO Charge (Open Studio, Let's Play Day 11-3)

Thurs. 12th - Torn Paper Art 1-4

Sat. 14th - Gouache Resist Cards 1-4


Two workshops this month with local watercolor artist Miriam Hughes have filled up quickly, but more will be scheduled as we go through this year. Keeping up with us through our website will guide you through our schedule of workshops and events.


Nationally known artist Jodi Ohl will be here on Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1 - Extreme Portraits workshop.

Check out our Random Doodlers page on FaceBook for updates and inspiration from all of our members.


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 


honking Honking Tonker's Gallery will be closing on Februrary 28 and will be holding a sale on everything in the store. All artwork and other merchandise will be at least 20% off and includes art by Beverly Pickard,  pottery by David Parris, chocolate, coffee, jewelry, and more. This is a great  opportunity to purchase local artist's work at discounted prices.


Pick up chocolate for Valentine's Day.    

Honking Tonker's Gallery is located at 78 E Main Street, Saluda, NC, 828-749-1070.

dancersextension The Dancer's Extension

Our youth students are already hard at work building dances to showcase during the Saluda Arts Festival.  Our 5th Annual Spring Concert is planned in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 16.  The concert takes place in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium at 11AM and admission is free to the public.  Please make plans to attend and support our students.


Adults, come join us for classes and do something good for your heart!  Adult ballet is held each Monday evening from 7-8PM, and Hot Pop! dance fitness is each Tuesday afternoon from 2:30-3:30PM.  No experience or special shoes are required, just a desire to move!


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.   

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, all while you wine and dine and listen to regional live bands.


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


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


If there is inclement weather, please call Irmy at 828-243-5007 or Judy at 828-674-5958 to see if the dinner/music will be canceled and rescheduled.


Music Schedule & Performers


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.


Chef Irmy serving "Roast Loin of Pork"

Served with a Butternut Squash Soup, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Bread, Dessert, tea and coffee. (Beer and wine cash bar.)


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.


Chef Irmy serving " Shrimp and Grits "

A thick  Stew of Shrimp, Sausage, Peppers and Onions.  Served on top of creamy Cheese Grits. 

Garden Salad, Bread, Dessert, tea and coffee. (Beer and wine cash bar.)  


Only 50 tickets available for each event so 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.

Saluda Scoop

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


salamander heart Salamander has NEW sweet treats for your sweet.  Ranier and Bing cherries, grown in the Pacific Northwest, are dried and enrobed in fine artisanal chocolate.  Some of the chocolate is even made with wine (whoa!).  Salamander -- we've got what you need to make your Valentine swoon -- if not with chocolate, then with jewelry.  And if flowers are your thing, our handmade Ikebana-style vases look great with any number of blooms.  Salamander is at 7 West Main.  828-749-3466.


THE GORGE™ zip line canopy tour and Green River Adventures

Love is in the air...and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! We're open this Winter and we are running trips on Valentine's Day for you and that special someone. Don't miss this opportunity to book an unforgettable love-filled adventure in the tree tops! (828) 749-2500.


The Gorge is now booking reservations for the 2015 season that starts March 1. Reservations can be made online at and Green River Adventures is booking online reservations now with trips starting April 1.  Book at


The Gorge Zipline is located at 166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda, NC. Reserve your tour online or call 855-749-2500. Click here for directions.    



We're taking a winter break but can't wait to see you in March!

Look for our re-opening

March 6!

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.    
Tantastic Tanning

Home of the "mommy tanning." We know the struggle to get a tan with children is real. Tanning not only makes you look good, it makes you feel good!


heart Valentine Specials 
$45.00 basket of lotion, foot rub, one unlimited month.
$55.00 basket of lotion, foot rub, one unlimited month and one spray tan.
(Upgrade to high pressure additional $15.00)


We now offer consignment on brand name purses and wallets such as coach, Michael Kors, and more. You can earn 70% on the sales of your consignments. Also we now offer "thirty one" products and "it works," a weight loss spa product that sculpts your body to get rid of cellulite and excess skin.


Summer hours have started to get you ready for spring flings and vacations. We are now open Monday-Friday 10-7 Sat 10-3. If these hours don't work for your schedule, make an appointment to tan anytime.


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

heart The Valentine's Day weekend package is $775 (plus tax) for a Queen room or $795 (plus tax) for a King room, which includes the following:

  • 2 nights upstairs in the Inn - *may upgrade to a romantic cottage for an additional amount* (see below)
  • Dinner for 2 at the Inn either night
  • Complimentary glass of champagne with dinner
  • Couples Massage
  • Chocolate covered Strawberries
  • Dozen Roses

You can upgrade to:

  • Keeping Room + $100 (plus tax)
  • Twin Poplar Cottage + $110 (plus tax)
  • Boxwood Cottage + $130 (plus tax)
  • Paulownia Cottage + $140 (plus tax)
  • Holly Cottage + $190 (plus tax)

Newman's at The Orchard Inn


heart Special Valentine's Weekend Dinner Menu at Newman's--food lovers and all lovers welcome-


Choice of either: Parsnip Soup with Truffle Foam and Black Pepper Biscotti or Kale Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese and Pecans


Choice of either: Oysters on the Half-Shell with Grapefruit Granita or Foie Gras Torchon with Blood Orange Mostarda and Brioche


Choice of Entree:

*NC Striped Bass Panfried with Roasted Sunchokes, Preserved Lemon, and Endive

Venison Tenderloin with Braised Cabbage, Spaetzle and Celery Root Puree

*Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin with Potato au Gratin, Turnip Greens, Mushrooms and Demi-Glace

*Chicken Ballantine with Parsnip Puree, Collard Greens Chiffonade, Pomegranate Jus and Chiagga Beets


Dessert: Chocolate Lover's Dream - Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Mousse Terrine


$64 per person


For reservations call 828-749-5471. 

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

Click here for directions.

The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

2015 Winter/Spring Special

20% off all luxury accommodations at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast!   NOW through March 31.

Dreaming of escaping to a romantic mountain getaway? Don't put it off a minute longer. Take advantage of the best rates of the year! Saluda's premier Victorian inn, The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, is offering all rooms - including a sumptuous gourmet breakfast - at a 20% discount!

From their spacious and pet friendly Acorn Suite, with full eat-in kitchen, living room, private deck and large master suite, to any of the comfortable and antique appointed guest rooms in the main historic home, each with full private bath. Walk to town, shop, dine and enjoy "live" music any day of the week.  


Call 828-749-2000 and make your reservation today!


Excludes Valentine's Weekend. Bookings must be made directly through the inn by calling 828-749-2000. Discount does not apply to online bookings. A two night minimum is required.


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC, 828.759.2000  

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thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)

The oldest grocery store in NC is celebrating 125 years this month with these specials:


Meat Market:  Black Angus Ribeye Steaks, $12.50 per lb.

Grocery Dept:  Keen's Coffee Beans, $12.50 per bag

Beer & Wine:  Wente Wine-Merlot, Cabernet, & Sauvignon Blanc- $12.50 per bottle.


heart Plan your Valentine Dinner and make the best purchase at Thompson Store. Add a box of Belgium Chocolate for that special person.


Wine Tasting- February 5 in the Grill, we will be tasting with Wente Wines.  


Veteran's Breakfast - On February 26, ask a Veteran to come and join us for a Free Breakfast from 8 to 10 in the grill. We thank you for serving our country and being a part of our community.


Zumba with Melinda Morgan 

Begins Feb. 1, 2015 at the Upstairs over Thompson's Store in the Charleston Room at 6:15pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Join today and pay for first month at $27.00. Each class will be $3.00 each paid upon arrival. Monthly specials will be posted. Water furnished. 


Remember 10% off on your purchase of $25.00 or more on every Tuesday. We have homemade dinners and soups in our freezer, fresh produce and a variety of wines for any meal. Check out our meats and cheese case. We now have bone in pork chops, along with the best steaks, ground chuck and all natural deli meats.  


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

We changed things up a little at Green River BBQ! 

All of our pork BBQ is pulled pork and not chopped! It makes for a more favorful bite and the outside pieces of the pork get mixed in.  Also all of our sandwiches are served on Kaiser rolls instead of hamburger buns.  A few exceptions apply.   


We continue daily special Tuesday's-Friday's for $5.99 including tea or coffee.


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.


We still have 10 local beers on tap. We have a gluten free cider, Wicked Apple, that is brewed in Flat Rock.  We also carry a gluten free beer from Spain, Daura Damm. A variety of our wines are organic also.


Even though football is behind us, we will still have any sporting events on our three big screen TVs. March Madness is just around the corner!


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   

Must be genetic....I'm told my great grandfather used to say, "Well, we made it through January and February is a short month.  We'll get a few pretty days in March and start looking for flowers in April -- which we will find in May."  That does, somehow, make me feel like spring is nearly here!  Until then, a warm bowl of Wildflour's homemade soup is the perfect lunch.  Or you might want a serving of our famous Chicken Pot Pie featured on the winter menu.  You'll also find the delicious Turkey Reuben on the winter menu -- turkey, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and fresh tomato grilled on Wildflour's beautiful marbled rye bread.


heart Everyone LOVES Wildflour Pizza and you don't have to wait until spring to enjoy one.  We will be serving Pizza on Saturday, February 14th from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.  Carry out or dine in -- we'd love to see you.


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


Wildflour Bake Shop  Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
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February at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda  


SALE SALE SALE! We are painting and making changes to the shop. Huge cuts in prices to sell it all before the painters arrive. Stop by and pick up specialty foods, wine or craft beer at sale prices all through February. Remember - we will be closed on Mondays in February.


February Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00 PM Every day except Monday.

Closed on Mondays through February.

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


New in our Frozen Quick Meal Section: Wildflour Bake Shop's Vegetarian Lasagna, Naked Pasta Ravioli & Pasta, Alfredo & Vodka Sauces from Naked Pasta, Sunburst Trout Farms Trout Sausage, Sunburst Smoked Trout Fillets, The Hop Ice Cream, Vineyard's Edge Dairy Goat Cheese and more!


We have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries on Monday, Tuesday and after 3 PM each day when Wildflour closes.


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


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

171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463


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Crust & Kettle Date Night on Monday, February 9, Dinner for two-$29.99, 5pm and 7pm seatings still available. Please RSVP 828-749-3503.


Located at 1487 Ozone Drive. 


random arts
Random Arts & Apparel Open!

From arts to apparel and so much more, all under one roof. Stop in and experience a pleasant surprise of artsy and funky women's clothing, jewelry, scarves, leggings, gloves, socks, and accessories. New spring items have already been arriving weekly, and we are pleased to bring you our exclusive, all-cotton, casual wear to transition into spring.  From button downs to tunics to jackets... you will find it here, all reasonably priced and with a focus on personal attention and service.



We are making room for new stock and we have a huge Sale Rack of winter items all priced at $20 and below along with other items in the shop at 40% off regular prices. You are bound to find something here at a great price!



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   



Kniticality: A New Year Well Begun


My hope for you all is that your January was as delightful as ours here at Kniticality. We enjoyed a tremendous turnout of new and old friends at the 10th annual Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat, the Botanical Knits trunk show was exquisite (I hope you all got to see it!), and the Madelinetosh is, well, simply just as luscious in person as everyone hoped.   


Many of us spend our lives (but most especially the last couple of months each year) cooking, cleaning, making, and meeting all the needs of others; it was great for me to see so many good people relaxing and having their own fun at Kanuga. In There and Back Again Wrap & Cowl (AKA Leftovers Wrap or T&BA), my students learned the basics of color theory and a true mobius cast on, while combining wildly different yarns in their finished projects. I call this a candy project because it's quick, gratifying, and you can't stop with just one. Everybody finished their wraps over the weekend...some even started a second! I was so impressed at the variety of the finished pieces-each was knitted so distinctly in its own style-it was hard for me to believe they began with the same pattern. T&BA is a terrific stashbuster: a great way to utilize those single souvenir skeins, novelty yarns, and leftovers.  For those of you who missed Kanuga, look for T&BA class again at Kniticality this month. See you there!


Click here to read Kniticality's complete newsletter.


Kniticality is located at 55 Robin Lane, Saluda, NC 28773 (828) 749-3640. Click here for directions. Visit their website.  Like us on Facebook  

heart Pearson's Falls Opens February

pearsons Pearson's Falls Opening February 1 with a Valentine's Day Special!  Two for one special entrance fee at Pearson's Falls.  This is a one day offer only. 


Pearson's Falls opens February 1, 2015. The February hours are Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM,  Sunday: Noon - 5 PM,  Gates close at 4:15 PM. 


 Hours from March 1 - October 31, 10 AM - 6 PM, Sunday, Noon - 6 PM,  Gates close at 5:15 PM.  Entry fee is $5.00.


2748 Pearson's Falls Rd., Saluda, NC, 828-749-3031. Visit website.  Click here for directions. 

Wilkes Communications Buys TDS-Saluda Mountain Telephone Company

For the second time since its beginnings in 1936 when Ed Leland strung the first telephone wire through treetops, the ownership of the Saluda Mountain Telephone will change hands when the purchase by Wilkes Communications & RiverStreet Networks closes in March. The deal was sealed on December 30, 2014.


Wilkes Communications is a membership cooperative operating in Wilkes County for 63 years providing the community traditional home telephone plus High Speed Internet and Digital TV over a Fiber-to-the-Prem network, safety and security with Wilkes Security and a full lineup of business solutions.


Eric Cramer, CEO says to tell Saluda citizens and businesses who are struggling with poor internet service and slow TV streaming, that "help is on the way." The first step after the acquisition will be the billing transition, then a build-up plan to assess Saluda's needs and build a network to provide Saluda with the same affordable high speed services that most major cities enjoy. "It will take some time to get there, but we are committed to giving Saluda the fastest networks possible," says Eric. The three TDS techs that you know will stay on board and continue servicing Saluda. They also hope to open a downtown office that will be open a few days a week.


Eric plans on visiting Saluda after the closing and looks forward to meeting business owners, city officials, and to get acquainted with the citizens of Saluda. After all, that is what they are all about....a small town company getting to know small town folks.

One Such Volunteer

Saluda is fortunate to have many residents who volunteer their time, knowledge, and financial resources to improve the quality of life within and beyond our community. By way of example, one such volunteer can be seen frequently in the streets of Saluda walking the dogs that she fosters as they are being trained and are waiting to be adopted. Jan Daugherty, perhaps better known as an exceptionally accomplished musician as well as a violin instructor, has been active since 2007 as a volunteer with three canine rescue, fostering, and adoption organizations. Most of her work has been in conjunction with the statewide Carolina Border Collie rescue group located in Raleigh and, locally, with the Foothills Humane Society here in Polk County.


Jan has been successful in placing a number of dogs in homes in Saluda. Many of her other fosters have gone to homes throughout the region. Her most recent placement was "Luke" who had been abandoned and was emaciated.   Luke is now 97 pounds strong and living a comfortable life in a beach condo with delighted new owners. Notice the photographs taken by Jan's husband David who is much involved with Jan's commitment to canine rescue and adoption. Blossom, pictured here, is currently being fostered by Jan who says this dog is still young, a bit shy, and in need of a good home. Jan and the organizations she works with make great efforts to insure compatibility in the placement of each dog. A successful adoption has shown to improve the quality of life not only for the animal itself but also for those who provide a new home. Jan is quite approachable and eagerly shares many interesting and heart-warming stories concerning successful adoptions.


If you think you might be interested in pursuing a canine adoption or in helping Jan with this effort in other ways, she would welcome your inquiry. For additional information you may wish to use the following contact information:  


Jan Daugherty - 828-749-3617 or 
Carolina Border Collie Rescue -

Foothills Humane Society - 828-863-4444


Submitted by Walter Hoover


Editor's note: Lifestyles would be pleased to receive additional articles about other Saluda residents whose volunteer work may be less well known but contributes to the quality of life in our community.

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 78 N Trade St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at

Blind Date with a Book at Polk County Public Library

heart Are you up for a mysterious rendezvous this Valentine's Day? During the first half of February, Polk County Public Library wants to "fix you up" with a blind date! The library will select a variety of books and wrap them all up so you won't know the identity of your blind date until you get it home. Will it be fiction or non-fiction? Funny, informative, a mystery, romance? Hopefully you will end up with a great new read that you wouldn't have chosen yourself. So, stop by the Main Library in Columbus anytime between February 1st and 14th, and who knows, you might get lucky... If not in love, then literature perhaps?


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

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   


America may be a mobile society, but don't try to sell Gary Pace on it. He tried leaving Saluda once. It didn't take, and he's been here ever since.


"I left to work in a cotton mill over in South Carolina. They had me working in the room where they mixed up all the cotton dyes. It didn't take me long to figure out that was not going to be good for me to work." From there, it was back home to Saluda where he was born and raised, and there was a job waiting for him with his father, Horace Pace.


The elder Pace had an established business, providing yard and home maintenance services for local residents and the growing summer population. Most of the work was outside. Gary liked it, and in time, he spun off a business of his own.


"My dad gave me a few accounts to get started," Gary said, "and I've been doing this kind of work ever since. Of course, I had a good mentor--my dad." That was more than forty years ago, and he hasn't looked back. "It is a unique business," he said, adding that he really enjoys helping his clients. "I go back generations with some of them."


Gary can be seen around Saluda, likely wearing hunting camouflage and a cap against the cold. His pickup is usually filled with the tools of his trade. And while working outdoors is a big part of it, he said recent winters don't seem quite as harsh. "I can remember years when we had snow on the ground for two months."


There was a time when the summer people were just that, Gary said. They only came up to their vacation homes in the summer and early autumn. That's changed now. "I wind up checking on houses all times of the year--furnaces, water, firewood--things like that. It's more than just working in clients' yards now," Gary said, and his business has grown--grown to the point that he can't take any more clients. When asked about expanding his business, he just shook his head. "I really like working alone. With all the new outdoor equipment that's out there, I can get a lot more done by myself," Gary said. "I'm not in the computer age, though," he said, smiling from behind a neatly trimmed white beard. But he admits to having a cell phone. "I don't use it much. I've got it just in case I get caught out there some place and get stuck."


Gary smiled as he talked about his childhood in Saluda and growing up in the Pace household. "We could only ride our bikes to town on Saturday--Dad's rules," he explained. "It was really a quiet little town back then--nobody on Main Street on Saturdays--but we kids got together and found things to do. We had a lot of fun." Saluda is still a small town, but Gary said it's much busier than when he was growing up. "Weekends are really busy here now."


Big supermarkets may be just minutes away from Saluda today. That was not the case when Gary was growing up, and the Pace family diet reflected it. Their diet included wild game harvested from the surrounding forests and fresh vegetables from a family garden. He said it's something he still enjoys to this day.


"I like to hunt--deer hunting," he said, but it's not just for sport. "My dad taught us to only kill something that we'd eat." He also still prefers fruit and vegetables from local gardens. "I really like knowing where my food comes from."


By Ken Webb

Author of "Mr. Carter's Sword" 

Saluda Magazine
"Folk Dancing in Saluda" by Elizabeth Cooper
From Saluda Magazine, final edition published by Susan Leland Craig from 1936-1938.

"Circle left-everybody!" shouts the caller and the hilarious crowd moves spiritedly to do his bidding. The banjos strum, the lights are brightened and the square dance is under way. As the set progresses, the momentum of its noise and gaiety swells until the lusty cries of the caller are barely audible above the din of laughing voices and scraping feet. The square dance holds a unique place in the social life of Saluda. It is easily considered the high-spot of the week and is entered into with enthusiasm by natives and summer visitors alike.


Here one finds the remotest vestige of any social difference swept away by the air of friendly cordiality with which the people mingle with one another. With equal impartiality, the infectious swing of the set appeals to all ­regardless of age or station in life. The banker's daughter and the washerwoman's son are convulsed with merriment as the caller's voice thunders, "Swing yore honey babe!"


The picturesque routine represents a kind of "last fron­tier" of mountain legend for despite the countless books written upon the peculiarities of the inhabitants of this sec­tion, a comparative stranger is often astounded to notice that these friendly folk with whom he is dancing are pri­marily the same as himself, having the same social instincts and reacting to the occasion with the same happy abandon.


On being introduced into the intricacies of the dance, one is apt to be amazed and confounded by the confusion, but by close observation, and perhaps a helpful remark from another more 'adept', the same confusion resolves itself into a neat pattern of "figures" each with a diverting cap­tion of its own such as "Sweep the floor," and "Georgia Rang-tang."

Because of the many and varied accounts already written of the history of these dances, a brief summary will here suffice.


Until about twelve years ago folk dancing did not come under the heading of a community enterprise. Its potenti­alities as such were first recognized by the Young People's Service League of the Episcopal Church. The president of the organization at the time was Walter Preston, who has ever since taken an active part in the program of these affairs.


The first public square dances of Saluda sponsored by the Y.P.S.L. were given in Library Hall, but their popularity so rapidly increased that within several years there was no longer adequate floor space for the many enthusiasts. Fortunately, during the winter of 1933-34 sufficient gov­ernment relief funds were allotted to the Saluda school for a modern gymnasium the size of which was more in keep­ing with the size of the square dance crowds.


Each summer for the past four years, under capable di­rection, the dances have readily grown into affairs of as­tounding proportions. At the height of the season it is not unusual to have well over a hundred couples on the floor at one time.


The dances are given primarily for the benefit of the high school athletic association, and do much toward keeping that necessary and worthy organization on its feet. The demand for this type of recreation has proved so great that now, in addition to the regular Friday night dances, there are several others throughout the week in smaller private halls, among which are those on Smith Hill, given by. Dr. D. L. Smith and to which he hospitably invites the entire population.

Childhood in Saluda
More Youthful Mischief
by Clark Thompson


As background information for this first little vignette, one of my cousins named Arthur Pack was for many years a game warden in Polk County and also happened to be Mama's favorite nephew. The feelings were mutual and he made it a point to stop by our house for a brief visit each time he was in the Saluda area. Since his visits usually were unannounced, most times my mother would not be at home. In that case Arthur would pick up a twig and place it in the screen door handle to indicate he had been there. Finding those simple twigs seemed to really make her day.


Although having been issued law enforcement weapons, Arthur never liked to wear one, preferring instead to keep them locked inside his vehicle. In fact, I never recall seeing him with a gun over many years. His explanation was that he felt safer not wearing one while carrying out his enforcement duties because he felt it reduced the hostility in violators when being questioned or arrested. On one occasion I jokingly told him that, since he was my first cousin, I didn't always bother to purchase the annual trout license. His face turned red, and in a very stern reply he warned me, in the presence of my mama, that relatives would be treated the same as any other violator.


Later that warning led me to play a prank on Arthur. Standard procedure back then called for skipping school on opening day of trout season in April. With licenses in hand, a couple of fishing friends and I hit Pacolet at daylight, hoping to fill our creels with the newly stocked and nursery raised juvenile fish. Suddenly in the distance, we heard the sound of a truck engine shut off and peered in that direction. After a few minutes, we could make out the identity of a kaki-clothed individual working his way down the mountainside. Sure enough it was Arthur. We had already discussed our strategy which was to grab our gear, including any catch, and start running downstream. Arthur was well known for his deer-like ability to chase down suspects and we had no illusions of being able to outrun him. After about a half mile, we quickly became winded and stopped to rest on some large boulders. In short order, my visibly upset cousin was demanding to see our licenses, obviously convinced that the reason we ran was lack of any. As we produced our newly purchased trout licenses, he then demanded an explanation regarding our attempt to elude capture.  Quickly we concocted a story that we thought he was just another fisherman trying to jump ahead of us and get to the better fishing holes downstream. After a brief lecture about lying, he assured me that he would soon be making my mama aware of my shenanigans. He sure kept his word.


An important part of most young boys' lives was the ownership of a Red Rider bb gun. One summer, several childhood buddies and I concocted what seemed to be a brilliant plan for a shootout around Coates' Pond. Since each gun barrel was capable of holding several hundred shots, it was comforting to know that there would be no need to stop and reload during the heat of battle. It also allowed lots of lead (or in this case copper) to quickly be thrown into the fray. Although my memory is somewhat unclear, there must have been 8 or 10 participants who were divided into two battle teams. Reconnaissance of the terrain was not necessary as the area was very familiar to everyone. After choosing sides, each team selected an opposing side of the pond from which to begin this grand battle.


However, it was quickly concluded by both groups that the distance across the pond rendered the range of our guns ineffective and a big waste of ammo. Nothing to do then but start closing the distance until the sting of the pellets began to raise welts and elicit a number of loud but inappropriate expletives. In very short order, any force cohesion began to dissipate as one by one each participant concluded that this was about as much fun as kicking a nest of disturbed yellow jackets. 


One of my hot-tempered cousins on the opposing force quickly became the recipient of multiple hits as he charged wildly into sustained volleys of bullets from several guns. However, his willingness to ignore the pain from shots fired at such close range became downright frightening, and what had begun as a really neat idea quickly turned into a hasty retreat. Fortunately, the nearby residence of one of the participants provided protective refuge for several of us until the belligerent cousin had exited the battle zone.


While most of my friends and I were perfectly content to hunt small game and birds, at least another of my cousins had dreams of a much bigger trophy animal, without the expense of traveling to Africa. This cousin, a sworn-again beer drinker, and two of his alcohol-swizzling friends concocted a scheme to illegally sedate and capture a bear late one night in Pisgah Forest, then haul it out of the forest in a car trunk and shoot it once they were clear of government property. After purchasing several pounds of hamburger meat from Thompson's Store, they confided in Charlie Ward their plan to spike the meat with some type of powerful sedative drug.


Once in the forest, they baited a trash can alongside the highway and parked some distance away to keep an eye on the trap. Eventually, a fairly large bear showed up and

ingested the laced hamburger meat, and then wandered for a short distance before the effects of the bait began to take hold. My cousin and his two buddies then lugged the bear back to the highway, loaded it into the trunk and proceeded to drive out of the park with the intent of shooting the animal. However, before they could locate a suitable place to commit their dastardly deed, the drug began to wear off and the bear became extremely agitated. Eventually its powerful claws began tearing through the back seat and it quickly wrecked the best laid plans of the three beer drinkers.


Nothing to do now but to initiate a panic plan. My cousin who was driving came to a screeching halt and all three quickly bailed out of the car. Unfortunately the car key got left in the ignition as doors were hastily locked in an attempt to prevent the bear's escape. The rolled up windows just added to the animal's frenzy as it proceeded to basically destroy the car's interior.  Apparently, the bear escaped somehow, leaving the car in such poor shape as to be unworthy of further use.


Folks who still doubt the existence of evolution just didn't know several of my relatives.


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

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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. 


Friendly Chatter

"Friendly Chatter" was a regular column in the "Saluda Magazine." This magazine was published by Susan Leland Craig from 1936-1938.  Most of the chatter during that era was about people moving to Saluda, marriages, recipes, and resident's achievements.  Saluda Lifestyles invites you to send your "friendly chatter." Just email to  


Grace Phillips wants to alert the community to the growing problem with coyotes within the city area, and to ask all to be extra careful with pets, particularly as the daylight wanes and also early in the morning. Residents may want to keep their pets, especially cats, in during those times. There have been several cats loss to these coyotes.



Margaret Miller will celebrate a birthday on February 10.  Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!
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