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

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Annual Calendar of Events
Dates to Remember
Saluda's Easter Egg Hunt
City Notes
Saluda Tailgate
Saluda Center News
Better Bellies
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Dog Park
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
Call for Artists
Arts Festival Sponsors and Volunteers
Arts Festival Receives Grant
Saluda Scoop
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Save Historic Saluda Depot
Pisgah Trout Fly Fishing
Jerry's Baddle
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  
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New on the Market!
Relaxing cottage close to down town Saluda. The peaceful front screened porch is perfect for rocking chairs while listening to babbling creek. 2BR, 2BA, approx 1500SF MOS#577773, $175,000

Enjoy your mountain retreat on the banks of the Pacolet River.Terraced stone wall with stairs to the rushing river.The perfect river cottage. 1BR, 2BA, sgl car garage, MLS#577167, $179,900


 Mountain home on 2.1 acres adjoins Conservancy land overlooking Round Mtn. and Tryon Peak. Private bath in each bedroom. Enjoy magnificent views of different seasons. 3BR, 4BA, Art Studio, 2-car garage, MLS#577262, $358,000


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, $223,800.    


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. 



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, $299,000.  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


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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.


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Cathy Jackson Realty Celebrates 9 Years

cake In March, Cathy Jackson Realty will celebrate its 9th anniversary. Thanks to all our clients, colleagues, friends, and family for their support and business.  We wouldn't be here without you and are grateful to all of you for the opportunity to work, play, and live in the Saluda community.

-Cathy Jackson, Amy Zollo, Greaton Sellers, Amy Wood, Renee Jackson, Erin Lausch

Saluda Real Estate Market
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 18, 2015. 


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 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11)


Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! July 11, 2015.


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  




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, March 3 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


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


Saluda Community Land Trust

meeting at 3pm, March 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, March 13 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


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


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, March 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.

Arbor Day Celebration & Tree City USA Designation, March 20, 1pm at Ella Grace Mintz stage in McCreery Park. 
Saluda Garden Club will meet March 23 at 10am at Saluda Library for tailgate seed exchange.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, March 30 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.
Saluda's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 2:00pm until 4:00pm

easter basket This year's egg hunt will be in the vacant lot on Irwin Street across from the Memorial Park courtesy of Don Mintz.


Bring Your Own Baskets and enjoy a fun-filled day hunting colorful plastic eggs filled with candy.


Age Groups:

     0 to 4 years old

     5 to 8 years old

     9 to 12 years old


Food and drink will be served in the Pavilion at  McCreery Park.


The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, so parents bring your cameras and join us for Fun in the Park! For more information, please call 828-749-3789.


Saluda's Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Saluda Welcome Table.   


Rain or Shine! 

CityCity Notes


New City Employees

City Hall has two new employees who joined us in December 2014.  Please join us in welcoming Jessica Desiano, our new Assistant City Clerk, and James Clugh, our new Maintenance Worker.   


Help Pave 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.

A Call for Vendors for the

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate The Saluda Tailgate Market is in its 6th season. We are an agricultural only market that operates from 4:30 to 6:30 every Friday from May through October. The market is located in Saluda's public parking lot on West Main Street. Our vendors are from Polk and Henderson County.


If you would be interested in vending at our market, please send questions to: Information, application, and rules and regulations are posted at:


The Saluda Tailgate Market is friendly and well attended. The community of Saluda lends its full support to this market throughout the season. It is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, the City of Saluda, and Polk County Agricultural Economic Development.


For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713. 

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 March 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., Mar. 5 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen   (NEW YORK TMES BESTSELLER)

   A superb love story from Anna Quindlen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof.  Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women.  Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere.  There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

   Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.


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


Saluda single women will have lunch at Bay Breeze in Hendersonville on Thurs,. Mar. 19 at 11:30 am. Please meet at the Saluda Center at 11:00 am to carpool.

Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Mar. 30 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...a study group meets 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.
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


Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

Adopt-a-Highway quarterly cleanup sponsored by SCLT is scheduled for Monday, March 9 at 10am. Meet at the Saluda Library and you and a partner will be directed to a section of Hwy 176 to pick up litter. Weather date is the following Monday, the 16th. All supplies will be provided; just bring a friend.


Walks in the Woods

The SCLT "Walks in the Woods" will begin on Sunday, March 15. These twice-monthly walks are scheduled for the first and third Sundays of the month and will continue into November. On our first walk, we will observe the emergence of the spring wildflowers and decide where our walk will be, depending on how far Spring has sprung.  We meet at the Saluda Library at 2:00 pm to carpool to the walks.  Contact Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886 or 828-817-0364 for information or questions regarding SCLT hikes.


"A society grows great when old men (and women) plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." Greek Proverb


Arbor Day Celebration

For North Carolina's Arbor Day Celebration, SCLT and the City of Saluda will partner with Tree City USA for a tree planting. Join us on March 20 at 1pm at the Ella Grace Mintz Stage in McCreery Park in downtown Saluda where the City will receive the Tree City USA designation.


Saluda Nature Park

Special thanks to the SCLT Saturday work crew who removed nearly 100 tires from the Saluda Nature Park. SCLT would like to thank the City of Saluda for properly disposing of the tires that the crew removed.


Robinson Community Garden

All the plots have been reserved for the 2015 growing season but there are several 20ft rows available for $5 per row.  Planting can begin March 1 and go through November 30.  Contact Dave and Marilyn Prudhomme 749-9172 or e-mail them at


Need Help Tilling?

Need help tilling your large garden or a new open spot for a garden?  Mary Jo Wannamaker has offered to till large gardens in the Saluda area with her 45 hp JD tractor with 5' tiller. A donation to SCLT for this service would be appreciated. Call Mary Jo at 828-749-3613 or email her at to talk about your spot. Bring on Spring!


Annual Meeting

Save the Date...April 22nd, 2015 "Earth Day" for our annual meeting. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with Saluda Community Land Trust and speaker Carlton Burke and his rescued owls.


Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be March 4, 3PM at the SCLT office.


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 Dog Park
A giant hollow tree was contributed by Pat Robinson, was cut down, transported and installed in the upper park by John Morgan and Dave Prudhomme for your dogs to enjoy.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park

Saluda Garden Club members and guests will meet for a tailgate seed and plant exchange in the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd. (NOTE: this is change from our regular schedule of the 3rd Monday of the month). Following the exchange, we will meet in the upstairs conference room of the library. Our guest speaker will be Carol Koury, founder of Sow True Seed in Asheville. Their seeds are open pollinated, non-hybrid & GMO-free seeds featuring heirloom, organic and traditional varieties. Carol's vision of empowering individuals to become more self-sustainable and less dependent on multi-national food corporations will make this meeting a great kick off to the gardening season.


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)

J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day Foundation

There was a time when a man, as he walked along a country road, had a vision. The sight stretching around and ahead of him was not pretty. The road was rutted and dry, and the ground was cracked. Mountains rose ahead of him, barren and bleak. Fields on either side were brown, grasses brittle and scorched by hot sun.


Were there no trees? Only a few scraggly ancient pines were visible on a distant hillside -a sad, desolate landscape.


The man on the road could have been J. Sterling Morton, farsighted beyond his time. While many of the farmers were concerned with the crops of the season, he was thinking beyond the present.


Years dropped away. In a small town in Adams, New York in 1832, Morton was born. When he became a young man, he earned degrees from both the University of Michigan and Union College in Nebraska where he chose to call home. He became Secretary of Agriculture and later Secretary of the Nebraska Territory, a political leader and a newspaper publisher.

Of special significance to us as we read of his accomplishments is his strong sense of responsibility as an environmentalist. His love of nature led to concerns over conditions he observed around him even in those early years of the mid 19th century. Undoubtedly, he saw forests giving way to increasing settlement, to home building, clearing trees for farms and pastures for roads and railways.


He realized action was necessary. Trees must be planted, cared for and protected. Among the many additional benefits, trees would enrich the soil, and preserve moisture, nurturing the earth, helping to sustain all life.


In 1872 the first Arbor Day was proclaimed in Nebraska and continues to be celebrated today throughout the United States. Through the Arbor Day Foundation, the commitment and efforts of farsighted citizens support Morton's vision and carry on the goals he began.

Another very important project was undertaken in 1971 by the Foundation. Tree City USA organizations were introduced and spread steadily across the country. These organizations emphasize family participation and encourage children's knowledge of and appreciation for trees.


Saluda's branch of Tree City USA (recently designated) was organized in August 2013 with assistance provided through the North Carolina Forest Service, Polk County. The members are looking forward to the day when the designation becomes a reality and we will proudly raise the Tree City flag pronouncing Saluda as a Tree City USA. We shall then take our place among the approximately 4000 towns and cities across the nation, 80 in North Carolina, which have earned this honor.



The Arbor Day Celebration will take place at 1pm on March 20 in McCreery Park.  The Tree City USA award will be presented at that time.  We encourage you to bring children and friends.  If you are interested in helping with the celebration please call Ruth 828-749-9718.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson      

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina St.  The March program will be an introduction to "Zen Doodling" presented by Catherine Langsdorg.  Catherine is a professional calligrapher and Zen Doodle artist.  All women of the area are invited to attend.  


For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-707-3387 or email at


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




Images of America: Saluda, NC to be Released June 8, 2015!

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 more details of the book release!


Save the Historic Saluda Train Depot!

The Historic Saluda Committee is a partner in the initiative to purchase and develop the Saluda train depot. The HSC has set up three guiding principles pertaining to their role with this project:

  1. Once the depot is purchased, through a legally binding agreement the historical integrity of the building will be protected into perpetuity.
  1. The museum will follow true museum standards using proper environmental control for photographs, documents and artifacts, will use museum exhibit standards for display and the handling of artifacts and will consult with state and federal preservation and museum offices, including Preservation North Carolina, the North Carolina State Preservation Office, the State Archives Offices, Museums in Partnership (MIP) and will collaborate with the historical museums in Hendersonville and Columbus, to create an authentic museum.
  2. The primary focus of the museum will be the railroad and the Saluda Grade, but since there are other significant historical areas of interest, these will be showcased also. These may include:
  • Pre-railroad, including early settlers, Pace's Gap, drovers trails and other means of transportation
  • Inns and Boarding Houses
  • Early Saluda, including the early historic downtown district, historic homes, buildings and schools
  • Culture and events, including Coon Dog Day, artists, musicians, sports, etc.
  • Medical legacies, including the Infants' and Children's Sanitarium, the Spartanburg Baby Hospital and the Southern Pediatric Seminars
  • Unique Saluda People, such as Perry Como, Pat Hingle, Phoebia Sullivan, William "Billy" Morris (Century Old Fire) and the many individuals who contributed to the rich history of Saluda.
  • Historic Churches
  • Oral histories, including the many oral histories already collected relaying fascinating stories about the history of Saluda, including the railroad.

Donations Being Accepted for Future Historic Saluda Museum

  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 history, including the railroad and Saluda's people 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.
    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, March 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

March 1-7  Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 2    "Cat in the Hat" Day---Students may donate $1 to the American Cancer Society and wear a hat at school today.

March 3    Assembly:  Taiko Drums  

March 4    Statewide Tornado Drill  

March 4    5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition (Weather in the Schoolyard)

March 9    School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

March 12    Evening Science Fair in the gym from 5:30-7:00pm

March 21    Super Saturday in Tryon  9:00am-4:00pm

March 27    4th Grade trip to Harmon Field for Heritage Day

March 27    Dress Down for Charity

March 30    Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

March 31    Dance About Anything Performances at 8:30am for PreK-M, K, 2 & 4

April 2        Dance About Anything Performances at 8:30am for PreK-B, 1, 3 & 5


Dance About Anything

Saluda Elementary School received grant funding from a private donor last spring for an integrated dance project to be conducted during the 2014-15 school year. This project began with a book study and six professional development sessions for teachers directly linked to the book, Dance About Anything by Sprague, Scheff and McGreevy-Nichols.   

Student involvement in this project began after Christmas break.  Students meet with teaching artist and dance instructor, Sonya Monts, twice each week to work through the process of creating a dance story based on a topic of study selected from their grade level mathematics, social studies or science curriculum.  Mrs. Sonya has over thirty years of dance experience and fifteen years experience in dance education.  Her weekly sessions with students are based on the North Carolina Essential Standards for Dance and also provide other benefits, such as the reinforcement of previous dance curriculum studies, exercise, team building, critical & creative thinking, and problem-solving.


The completed integrated dance projects (dance stories) will be presented to students, parents and community members on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 during 8:30am performances in the auditorium.  Please make plans to join us for these performances!


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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. 3/2 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 3/2 @ 3:30pm: Nintendo Wii U Gaming

Hang out with your friends and play Nintendo Wii U games such as Just Dance and Mario Kart.


Tues. 3/10 @ 3:30pm: LEGO Junior Makers

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


Mon. 3/16 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 3/30 @ 3:30pm: Nintendo Wii U Gaming

Hang out with your friends and play 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

Step Into Spring at Pok County Public Library

Have the winter "blahs" got you down? Fear not, spring is just around the corner! Polk County Public Library invites you to "Step Into Spring" at a special program hosted at the Main Library in Columbus on Friday, March 6 from 3-5pm.


Several local organizations including the Polk County Office of Agricultural and Economic Development and Pacolet Area Conservancy will have booths set up around the library with information and activities on topics such as composting, gardening, old timey recycling, and healthy eating. Stations will also be set up where you can make and take home your own cleaning supplies and herbal bath products. Children are invited to join in the fun as well! There will be a special area just for kids where they can build nests and make spring crafts such as windchimes and bird feeders. There will be music too, with Marshall Goers on mountain dulcimer and Bob and Amy Buckingham playing their old-time music. Best of all, everything is free and open to the public!


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 or visit us on Facebook.

1289 West Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722, Tel. (828) 894-8721
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

Number of Beauty Shops in Tryon:  8

Number of Beauty Shops in Columbus: 8

Number of Beauty Shops in Saluda: 0

Beautiful shop space, ready for the only beauty shop in town!  Special offer for the first three months.  Call Debi 828-749-9224. 

Help Wanted:  30 - 40 hours a week. Counter and kitchen. Wildflour Bakery.  Please stop by for an application.


Mature genteleman relocating to Saluda is looking for a small, quiet, affordable month-to-month rental with internet access, with or without furnishings. I am quiet, non-smoking and responsible. A long-term house sitting situation is also of interest References are available. John Fridinger at 828-423-0869 or 575-313-1146.


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. Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email


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.) 

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.

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?

References available. 

All work comes with a money back guarantee! 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.

Glenn W. Small, 85 of Saluda passed away Monday January 26, 2015.  


Mary Ann Lindsey Bland, 84, of Saluda, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Spencer Weldon Reid, 87, of Saluda, N.C. passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.
Spring, Just an Old Sweet Song

Old man winter may still have a grip on Saluda, but Saludians don't have any time for that! They are busy planning gardens, exchanging seeds, preparing for festivals, fixing, cleaning, painting, and freshening up shops, restaurants, and summer homes.


Soon, the landscape will be painted with bouquets of colorful forsythia, jonquils, daffodils, irises, and violets. While hiking along mountain trails, the soft white pedals of bloodroot and trillium pushing through the decomposing leaves will catch your eye.


Migrating birds will visit bird feeders and the yellow swallowtail butterfly will make its first appearance.


You can feel the change, and even though winter may have a couple more punches, Saludians have spring on the mind. "Spring in Saluda, just an old sweet song, the road leads back to Saluda in the Spring."

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in March



MARCH 31 @ 6:30

The Purple Onion will host a wine tasting on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 featuring wines from Argentina and Chile. South America has been producing wine since the 1500's when Franciscan monks planted grapes to make wine for religious purposes. Eventually viticulture moved from Peru into Chile and then into Mendoza, Argentina, a region known for its Malbec. We will be tasting Malbec from Mendoza but also Pinot Noir, Tannat and Chardonnay, as well as Pedro Ximenex and Carmeniere from Chile. The price for the tasting will be $49 and includes a taste of seven wines and several hors d'oeuvres and small plates chosen to complement the wines and reflect the cuisine of Argentina and Chile. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 749-1179. Please call early as seating is limited.


Live Music in March         

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


March 5 -  Roy Schneider Duo

"Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, one of those horrible people who seemingly can play anything they pick up and play it beautifully... Five stars!"~Tom Paxton


March 7 - Aaron Burdett

Saluda's gift to the music world returns.


March 12 - Asheville Art Trio - great jazz from Asheville featuring William Bares (piano), Mike Holstein, (bass) and Justin Watt (drums) make their debut.


March 14 - Lonesome Road Band

Great bluegrass from these old friends.


March 19 - Michael Reno Harrell

"Michael Reno Harrell is one of those natural born Southern musicians and storytellers who is filled with wit, charm and surprises." David Holt - 4 Time Grammy Winner


March 21- Joseph Hasty and Centerpiece Jazz

More great jazz this time from Morganton.


March 26 - Jay Brown

Featuring Jay on vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano.


March 28 - The Deluge

Roots music meets soul in the House of the Rising Sun.


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?


March 17th, St. Patty's Day.....let's party!


Winter hours are:  

Tuesdays 5:30-10pm Open Mic Night 

Thursdays 4-9:00pm Trivia Night 

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


Joe Lasher, Jr. & New Country Music 

Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ingles Super Market, 99.9 Kiss Country Radio, and Joe Lasher Jr. are bringing The New Country Music Tour to The Party Place! Joe is an Asheville native. He is a young music artist who writes much of his own music and performs with his passion for new country music. Already moving up the charts, his talent is being recognized.  His "NEVER GIVE UP" Down Home Tour plans are to bring New Country Music to areas across Western N.C. AND to benefit local food relief efforts. ALL the ticket sales from this concert will benefit Polk County's local Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.  Ticket price is only $7.00, doors open at 6:00pm. Plus, there will be an opening act you don't want to miss.   This will be a great evening of music and fun.  There will be video equipment in the house to record this performance to add to his new Video CD. So let's show the world how Polk County & Western NC can party! Let's make it a goal to have the largest crowd at any concert on this tour. This is a family friendly performance and no alcohol is allowed. This will be fantastic entertainment for the teenagers! (And anyone who enjoys new country music.)  Bring your family and friends to dance, listen, sing along and help Polk County's Outreach Ministry!  So Save The Date -  March 28!


Marchcontra Blue Ridge Contra Dance in Saluda

Come join us Saturday, March 14 at our favorite spot, Party and Event Place, in Saluda!


Lessons begin at 7:30PM and dancing is from 8-10:30PM. We are fortunate to have Terry Doyle  back as a caller since she is a crowd favorite! You will be dancing to the music of Fyrefly Fury with Rob Zisette on the fiddle, George Paul on Piano and Loren Oppenhiemer on tablas. There will be a lot of foot stomping going on! They are crazy good and no one wants to leave the floor when they are playing!


Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for students. Ask about our Membership program that discounts dances. From time to time, we also have special promotions so please visit us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Contra or


Come join the Contra craze and bring the family!


In case of inclement weather, 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

Jim Carson/ Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp 2

Jim Carson will offer "Painting in the Studio/Brushwork Boot Camp" workshop, on Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21.


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. Students will paint from photo references and/or still life set ups in the studio. There will be demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and a general critique of the student's work at the end of each day.


Jim is going to limit the size of this workshop from 12 students to 10, in order to give each student more one-on-one easel time. The workshop price, $350, includes a tasty lunch brought to Jim's studio each day by The Saluda Grade Café. 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.


chicken house
The Old Chicken House  

(Studios and retail space for creative people.)


The Chicken House is now closed but will reopen on our usual schedule when weather conditions improve. Please keep pets warm, dry, and happy and help homeless animals in any possible way. 


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

The Jamesons: two painters, two states, two exhibitions!

Bill's is "Appalachian Textures Series V" 64"x46"" oil on canvas


Anne and Bill Jameson are both well-known painters that happen to be married to each other and out of this merger come some incredible works and joint exhibitions.


Starting Saturday, March 7, the Jameson's will be the Grand Opening Exhibit for Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS) new gallery and studio space. Their new location is 78 N. Trade Street in Tryon. The organization was able to buy the building that secures the future of the group and allow for more workshops and exhibits.


Bill and Anne say, "It is such an honor to be the opening exhibit of this new wonderful space! We are so pleased to be a part of the growth of TPS and we look forward to a long relationship with the organization and its members."


Their exhibit will run through April 18, 2015.  


Anne's is "Waiting for Spring" 9"x12" oil on canvas


Anne and Bill are also opening an exhibit on March 20 at the Irene Morrah Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina. Their longtime representative, Irene Morrah always has outstanding shows. For more information on either of these exhibits, please visit, call 828-749-3101 or email 

Random Arts 

March Workshops

All workshops are open for registration.

Leighanna Light  March 20 - "Guardians of the Discarded"  (assemblage)$125


Leighanna Light  March 21 - "Let's Face It" (mixed Media) $125



Leighanna Light  March 22 - "Birds Gone Wild" (assemblage) $125.


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 


dancersextension The Dancer's Extension 
March will be an exciting month for our youth students at The Dancer's Extension.  Guest dance artist Meredith Yuhas will be joining us for special Master Classes on Wednesday, March 11.  The Master Classes are open to all interested students in the community, ages 6 and up.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.  Also, our students continue to prepare and work on choreography for our Spring Concert on Saturday, May 16 (held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival).  Costumes are scheduled to be delivered by the end of March, which always adds to the excitement!


Adult classes continue on our regular schedule in March, with adult beginner ballet on Mondays at 6PM and Hot Pop! Dance Fitness on Tuesdays at 2:30PM.  Adults are welcome to join us at any time, and no prior dance experience is needed.


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

The last of the three Saluda Winterfests will celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring is Saturday, March 21.  These events have been sponsored by the Saluda Downtown Foundation. 


Saluda Winterfest will be held at the Boarding House Venue, upstairs over Historic Thompson Store/Ward's Grill with Chef Irmy Chmielewski serving up delicious winter comfort food.    


The time is Saturday, March 21 from 6:30pm 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.


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 is serving " Shrimp and Grits, "

a thick  Stew of Shrimp, Sausage, Peppers and Onions, served on top of creamy Cheese Grits, and includidng 

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 are 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

What are you waiting for?  Don't put if off any longer.  It's time to enter your application in Saluda's 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival.  Spaces are filling up fast!

 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,   


Saluda Arts Festival Music & Entertainment

In addition to the artists, the festival is pleased to announce its headliners performing on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage in Top of the Grade Park of McCreery Park, Saluda. NC.

Hummingtree Band 12pm to 1:30pm

A remarkably popular mixture of classic songs across multiple genres including Americana, rock, bluegrass, and folk, laced with original compositions and a truly engaging stage presence.


Dave Miles (upright bass, guitar), Earl Turner (guitar, harmonica) and Randy Wykoff (mandolin, octave mandolin, and harmonica) came together as the Hummingtree band in the 1980s. The three singer/songwriters came from diverse musical backgrounds, but were able to meld their styles and create a unique sound and musical experience that pleased audiences in legendary roadhouses, such as Jackson's Station in Hodges, SC, as well as regional festivals, such as Belle Chere in Asheville, along with an array of bars, restaurants, conventions, and, yes, even pigeon shoots across the southeast.


Now performing regularly, the Hummingtree Band has found popularity with a range of new audiences. Their unique blend of humor and musicality is entertaining, thought-provoking and sheer fun.


Sound Investment 2pm to 4pm

This a favorite band for those who like to dance to classic rock and beach music. From Sound Investment you will hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and many more. With Rodney Gibson on keyboard and guitar, Rick Gunderson, lead guitar, Kevin Filson on bass, and Michael Leyshon playing drums, you will be on your feet!


Hog Town Squealers

Brevard's Hogtown Squealers have delighted audiences and dancers for more than twenty years. Currently the band consists of Tom Anderson (fiddle, vocals), Susan Brown (fiddle), Matt Gardner (bass), John von Stein (accordion, vocals), Keith Ward (guitar), and Gary Wells (banjolyn, vocals).

Their music is old time in its foundation, but they explore the edges of old time traditions and incorporate other genres-a honky-tonk, ragtime, and "obscure musical miscellany." In their eclectic approach to old time music, they share much of their musical attitude with the early incarnations of the Red Clay Ramblers and the Double Decker String Band. Drawing primarily from their own creative inclinations, though, and from the early greats of recorded Southern stringband music, they cite as influences Uncle Dave Macon, Gid Tanner, and North Carolinian Charlie Poole. In the same set as a rollicking version of Uncle Dave's "Old Plank Road" and the Carter Family's "Dixie Darling" might be a Squealerized version of "Thunder Road," the Robert-Mitchum-penned theme song from the movie of the same name about moonshine bootleggers.


A favorite performance at the Saluda Arts Festival each year is the Foothills Old Time String Band. This string ensemble gathers at different areas along the festival site to play the old time tunes, popular in the Southern Appalachians before the days of radio.


Dancer's Extension Spring Concert

The Spring Concert is planned for 11am at Saluda Elementary School's auditorium on the day of the festival. Approximately 50 students will perform with numbers in the genres of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Admission is free.  


saf Children's Art Tent

Children will experiment and unlock his or her creativity at the "Children's Art Tent." Supervised instruction, face painting, and surprises. Located at the Shelter in McCreery Park.


Balloon Artist and Stilt Walker

For the enjoyment of the children and amazement of all, talented Balloon Artist, Stephanie Miles will create art out of balloons, and Stilt Walker,

Ananda (Heather Springsteen) will towers over even the tallest person.  


Saluda Arts Festival - Call for Sponsorships and Volunteers


Without sponsorships, we would not be able to offer the same quality event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors that contribute funds that support the art culture and history in Saluda.


If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's festival, please contribute by April 15.  Sponsorships can be made to Saluda Business Association and mailed to PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773.  


Individual sponsorships can be made for any amount.  Business sponsorships will be recognized on a "Sponsor Banner" that will be on display during the festival.  Here are business sponsorship categories: Bronze-$50, Silver-$100, Gold - $250. With contributions of $250 or more, a special banner will be made for you and placed in a highly visible area.  Sponsors are also recognized in our media releases and announcements.


We promote the festival within a two to four hour driving distance of Saluda. We advertise on two NPR public broadcasting stations, electronic boards, regional trade magazines, put up posters and appear on local TV spots.


We invite you to visit and click on the Saluda Arts Festival to get more information and see images from previous events.


For more information, please contact Beth Carson at or 828-749-1118.  



Calling Volunteers Who Want to Have Fun!  Volunteering for the Saluda Arts Festival is fun, and you get to make a lot of new friends.  We need volunteers for two-hour shifts to be greeters, area leaders, to clean up before and after and to man the children's tent. To get signed up, please

contact Patty Martin at




Saluda Arts Festival Receives Grant

Grant from the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program.

The Saluda Arts Festival received a $500 grant through the Tryon Fine Arts Center which serves as the NC Arts Council's partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Polk County. The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others.


For more information about the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program, please contact Executive

Director, Beth Child, at 828-869-8322, ext. 211 or     

Saluda Scoop

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


heartwood Heartwood will be closed for painting Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4.


Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC  28773, 828-749-9365 


Johnny on the Spot  

Spring is on the way and now is the time to be thinking about opening that summer home and cleaning out all the winter cobwebs.  Let Johnny-on-the-Spot help you get your mountain getaway or summer home ready for the season so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Saluda! 


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

  • Opening Your Summer Home             
  • House Sitting                       
  • Pet Care
  • Landscaping                             
  • Grass Cutting                    
  • Leaf Blowing
  • Mulching                                 
  • Power Washing                     
  • Painting 
  • Changing light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries
  • Fixing torn screens                                

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


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


THE DRESSING ROOM, ETC. will be reopening, (and celebrating our 1st anniversary) on March 16, with additional space for a bigger selection of ladies fashions and accessories. 


The Saluda Business Association, and all the other local communities, has been working hard to bring more people to Saluda, and 2014 has proven that this year is going to be a bigger and better year!


With all the plans and events being scheduled for 2015, I am adding several new name brands to this year's inventory which will give all customers (both local and visitors) more options and choices...from casual, to sporty, to chic!


Looking forward, Irmy 


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


The Gorge THE GORGE™ zip line canopy tour and Green River Adventures

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.  Green Rivers Adventures  is located at 111 E Main St., Saluda, NC. Click here for directions.800-335-1530.  



We're so looking forward to March 6 and re-opening our doors on Main St and seeing all of you! We'll have a store full of pretty new things to make you believe that spring really is on its way.   We hope we've bought enough Jags for each of you to have a pair (!) and we think you'll love our new tops by Cubism and Heartstrings.  We have a lot that's new and different from Lulu B, along with more of those fabulous Tencel shirts by Velvet Heart.  Our separates from Cut Loose are so popular they disappear quickly!  So come by for an early bird look-see and take 20% off all clothing purchases in March.  Plus you might find a treasure among our 50% off sale selections!

We're located at 46 E. Main St., next to the Saluda Grade. We're open Wednesday through Sunday. Call us at 828-749-2379.    
Tantastic Tanning

We have started summer hours to get you ready for spring flings and vacations. We are now open Monday-Friday 10-7and 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 & Newman's Restaurant

As we write this paragraph, the trees are coated with pristine virgin-white powdery snow, and we look out on a winter wonderland of natural beauty. The smell of burning oak fills the living room as fires burn in our massive fireplace and very efficient wood burning stove. We are on our 3rd cord of firewood this season, but it's warm and cozy as our guests gather round to chat, read or just enjoy the contemplative silence. Everyone has just finished a fabulous breakfast consisting of fresh juice, steel-cut Irish Oatmeal with caramelized apples & walnuts or homemade granola with fresh berries and Greek Yogurt, blueberry waffles with Vermont maple syrup or 2 "happy" eggs any style with Wildflower Bakery sunflower seed toast and crispy bacon. Plus our own blend of Organic Fair Trade freshly roasted coffee. Yum yum.


Marianne is still our morning and Executive chef, but in the evenings and for Sunday brunch, we've kicked up the culinary offerings a level by hiring Chef Stuart Partin, who brings some incredible new and fresh ideas to Newman's Restaurant.  


Each Monday, we will be posting on FaceBook and the dining page on our web site the menu for the following weekend. Choices will be more extensive than in the past and our emphasis will continue to be preparing local, natural, incredibly tasty dishes with the most nutritional value possible. A sample of Chef Stuart's new dishes are:


First Course: Sweet Potato & Curry Soup, Chestnut & Raisin Gremolata, Crème Fraiche or Bibb Lettuce, Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Second Course: Duck Spring Rolls, Apple Ponzu, Squash Vermicelli, Pickled Daikon or Venison Carpaccio, Hardboiled Quail Eggs, Capers, Shallot, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Charred Bread

Main Course: Grilled Filet Mignon, Celery Root & Black Truffle Puree, Oyster Mushrooms, Sautéed Local Greens, Demi-Glace or Duck Confit, Sweet Potato Puree, Braised Cabbage, Pomegranate Jus or Pan Seared Crab Cakes, Parsnip Puree, sautéed Local Greens, Sous-vide Spaghetti Squash, Caper-Shallot Foam

Dessert: Tiramisu, Boubon Gastrique, Coffee Ice Cream or Chocolate Crème Brulee, Whipped Cream or Forest Berry Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream


Call us at 828-749-5471 to reserve a table in Newman's Restaurant where every seat has an awesome view of the surrounding mountains, and where dining is an experience.


Originally built in 1926 and called the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012, 2013 & 2014 Certificate. 


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

The 'Hands-on" B&B

We are thrilled at the number of 'first time' B&B guests that we have staying with us at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast!

We have to ask, "Why?" And the responses we get are varied.   Most often we hear:

  • "We thought that most historic inns were stuffy old houses." - Our effort is to provide each guest with an impeccable environment-clean and friendly -- including private bath, plush towels and linens and a gourmet breakfast you will not find off the interstate. Each guest room features individual heat and A/C controls so that each guest can satisfy their personal comfort level, and we provide Wi-Fi at no additional charge!
  • "Aren't most Bed and Breakfasts filled with fragile antiques?" - In keeping with the historic ambiance of the home, most are! We like to think of The Oaks as a true 'hands on bed and breakfast'; chairs are meant to be sat in, books are intended to be read and the piano is there to be played. We feel that this is a big part of the B&B experience.
  • "Most bed and breakfasts are in the middle of nowhere." - In seeking out our perfect bed and breakfast, we insisted that it have 1) spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, 2) vast public areas, 3) expansive veranda and terraces and 4) be an easy walk to town. We live in this remarkable place and we are proud to share it with others.

The way we see it, we are doing our best to cultivate the bed and breakfast clientele of the future, for us and innkeepers everywhere. We'd be happy to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.  


All the best, Dale and Donna Potruski


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:


March specials----first time ever----

3 pounds of "Charlie's Sausage" for $12.50

3-9oz. Jars of Thompson Jelly or Jams for $12.50


Beer tasting March 5-local hard cider Angry Orchard special $12.50


Veteran's Breakfast - On March 19, 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 

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. 


Planning an event for 2015-our Boarding House Venue is the excellent place. Come and take a tour and let us help plan an event your will remember for a life time.


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

New appetizer on our menu!

Creamy Mac and cheese with our smoky pulled pork on top! We use several different cheeses and cavatappi  pasta served in a black iron skillet. 


We will be tapping Noble's Cherry Cider that is delicious and gluten free.


Now carrying Blue Ridge Mountains Great American Apple Pie. 14%avb and is sold by the glass or the shot!


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.  


Appetizers are $2.00 off Tuesday-Thursday!


Narragansett and PBR Pints 1.50!


Watch March Madness on our Big Screen TVs! 


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    

Hip-Hip Hooray!  

Friday Night Pizza returns March 6

Flowers budding, birds singing and Pizza at Wildflour -- all the signs of Spring.  Our season begins on Friday, March 6 with pizza from 5pm - 8pm. 


No matter what March decides to serve up, we will have the perfect choice: a warm, hearty soup for those cold, windy days or a crisp, fresh salad when the sun is shining.


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


qr codes
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



March into Meanwhile, Back in Saluda!

March into Meanwhile and ask for a Saluda Locals Discount on all beer and wine. Say, "10% off beer/wine for Saluda Locals!" at the register!  Our painting and rearranging was delayed till March. It was too cold to paint or move shelves! Stop by and watch the changes in March.  Our late hours return on Fridays during Pizza Night at Wildflour Bake Shop!  


March Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00  PM... Most days.

Open 10 AM till 10 PM Friday for the Wildflour Bake Shop's Pizza Night

Closed on Monday's in March.

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


We have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries after 3 PM each day when Wildflour closes plus every Tuesday/Wed. all day during March. We also have Wildflour's Chicken Pot Pie and Vegetarian Lasagna.


New! Locally made Aged Balsamic Vinegar!Highland Gourmet Aceto Balasamico di Modena and Balsamic with San Pietro Figs. Sample bottle open for Tasting!

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

Have you seen the new things happening at Crust & Kettle? Kitchen is closed till March 3 for new flooring and more upgrades.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner on March 16, 5pm - 7pm, Please RSVP for seating 828-749-3503. 

Breakfast coming soon. New crafters and new artists. Come check it out!

Located at 1487 Ozone Drive.

random arts
Random Arts & Apparel Open!

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    

Cabin Fever 

We are having a great winter here at Cabin Fever, despite a few battles with the weather. We were lucky to have some great guests visit throughout February and everyone loved curling up by the woodstoves. It is always great to see people making the best of the cold and icy conditions and have an appreciation for a true winter experience. We are hoping to keep up this great momentum, and we are offering a special for this month. Mention the Saluda Lifestyles offer, and get 10% off your stay of two nights or more in March. Just give us a call at (828) 749-9811 or book through our website, and write "Saluda Lifestyles" in special requests.

Also don't forget Easter is just around the corner. If you are planning a visit for your family, we suggest that you book early, as we expect a full house here at Cabin Fever for the holiday! We will be having an Easter egg hunt for the kids and don't forget about the playground! Hope to see you soon, Dana and Eric.  


Cabin Fever is at 7337 Spartanburg Highway, Saluda, NC 28773

Phone:  (828) 749-9811, Toll Free:  1-800-767-RENT

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C&D Auto Repair
For the month of March, C&D Auto Repair is getting ready for spring! Oil Changes $28.00*, 21st Century tune ups $199, Full Rotor and brake pad special $210 per axle and all our work still comes standard with 12 month/ 12,000 mile Nationwide Warranty!  Also our Tire Sale is still going strong! So come on down to C&D Auto Repair or visit our website and book an appointment today!  Our Shop now has a drop box for added convenience for after hours drop off! 


Phone: (828) 749-3621, 2108 Holbert Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773Like us on Facebook  

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

Saluda Faces
Lesesne Smith

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   


Pioneering Pediatrician made Saluda the 'baby capital of the South.'


An interview with the founders' grandson and Saluda resident, Lesesne Smith.


One day, you are in downtown Saluda seeing the sights. At one end of the vast city is the library. Since it's been a while since you have been there, you decide to see what's changed. As you walk up to the front desk, you notice a picture on the bookcase behind the desk and bordering the children's section. You think you recognize the man in the picture, but...


This is an interview with a direct descendent of that man. He has the same name: D. Lesesne Smith but it's his grandson. Meeting Lesesne is like meeting a modern day Mark Twain. He is smart, informed, engaging and very funny, with a booming laugh that makes everyone in earshot smile or laugh with him. Growing up in Spartanburg, he would come up to Saluda to not only get away from the heat, but to stay with his grandfather, the founder of the Children's Sanitarium of Saluda. It started in 1914 and lasted until after his death in 1947.


When I asked him when he started coming here, it was "all my life". The house where his sister Clara lives, called Hayne house, was built by a rice planter from Charleston in the 19th century. Both the Hayne house and Bon Air, next door, were built not long after the railroad first came to Saluda. It seems that the railroad started a building boom in Saluda, as well as in Flat Rock.


The rice planter had invited the grandfather to spend a weekend with him at the house. Dr. Smith liked it so much that he thought he'd like to have a house up here as well. Over the years many other houses were built but the first was Bon Air which is right next door. The plaque out front has the date of 1896 on it. It was built by his step grandfather who was an Episcopal minister whp had served, among others, the residents of the Biltmore estate. He was the grandfather on his mother's side. Her first husband died the last day of fighting in World War I.


His grandfather started the two hospitals as a way to keep himself busy while on vacation at the higher elevations of Saluda. His original practice was still in Spartanburg. The hospital at the bottom of the hill, behind the Senior Center, was for non-paying customers, while the one up on Smith Hill was for others. The former was called the Spartanburg Baby Hospital which was sponsored by the Spartanburg County Foundation. His grandfather was very big on educating the mothers of the sick children in areas of prevention and hygiene. He also counseled the children and taught them about cleanliness and good habits to prevent illness.


The other hospital, known as the Infant and Children's Sanitarium, was up on what is now known as Smith Hill. Take the road across from the Senior Center and go straight to the site of the hospital, now an empty lot. Or you can make the first left and see the two houses that make up some of the buildings on the property. One of the houses is where our interview took place. The other is the site of the Southern Pediatric Seminar which started in 1921. The seminar brought educators and lecturers from all over the country for courses in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of childhood diseases. This further solidified Saluda as the unofficial baby capital of the South.


What was it like for Lesesne growing up with his sisters Clara and Alice in the house on Smith Hill? Like some kids that grew up with siblings, they pretty much stayed on the hill. They would go over to Judd's Peak and pick apples and play with some of the other kids. Those kids were either neighbors, or likely, the children of the staff or visiting lecturers that would live close by and would take their meals up on the hill where the lecture hall is located.


Lesesne took us for a tour of the grounds and one distinctive building, the children's dining hall. Easy to spot since it is a round structure. Some of the small chairs and tables are still inside. With windows all around, it makes for a nice place to sit and read now.


So now, when you go into the library, don't be like some people and say "well there a good picture of Carl Sandbur." You will now be informed. There are some similarities, but look closer and note the difference. Also note the genealogy in a frame next to the picture which shows the family up to the present.


By Mike Boyce

Save the Historic Saluda Train Depot

I think we can! I think we can!

A group of concerned citizens came together serendipitously to discuss the fate of Saluda's Historic Depot which is "for sale." Out of this conversation grew a plan to "Save Saluda Depot" from commercial enterprises and to start a heritage museum and visitors center to honor and recognize Saluda's origin and heritage. "The Saluda Depot is a treasured historical landmark and should be owned by the citizens of Saluda," says Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Chair of the Historic Saluda Committee.


To do this requires raising funds to put an option on the depot and a plan on how to finance the purchase and make it a self-sustainable museum and visitors center. A fundraiser is planned for mid March to include a "major donor" campaign and a mailing to over 1,000 Saluda residents requesting participation at different levels so everyone can feel that they are playing a part in saving this Saluda landmark. The Saluda Downtown Foundation (SDF) has agreed to oversee this project so that grants can be requested through this organization using the SDF's non-profit status.


History of Saluda and the Railroad

When the first passenger train of the Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad chugged up the Saluda Grade on July 4, 1878, Pace's Gap was forever changed. By February, 1881, the growth and prosperity of Pace's Gap had escalated to the point that it was chartered as the town of Saluda, named for Saluda Mountain, which is actually not a mountain but a group of mountains with the Saluda River at its foot.


Though the Saluda Grade opened to rail traffic in 1878, the idea for tracks across the mountain came about as early as 1832, when the demand became great to move goods, livestock and humans up the mountain away from the stifling heat of the thermal belt of South Carolina and Georgia into the new settlements further west. When surveying began, it became apparent that the best route was the one taken by the early settlers to travel to the new lands. This trail traversed the rolling foothills of the Piedmont and continued up the steep grade into the Blue Ridge Mountains. It wasn't until 1877 that Capt. Charles Pearson, former Confederate Army officer, was assigned as chief engineer. Pearson's ultimate goal was to bring the line of the Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad across the Blue Ridge from Tryon to Asheville. This created quite a challenge since the early surveys revealed no route was available to ascend the mountains at a reasonable grade. Rejecting the route along Howard's Gap, the old trading path, because of the instability of the ground due to underground springs, Pearson selected a route which followed the Pacolet River up the steep gorge, an almost vertical wall. This route begins at the bottom of the Melrose Mountain at 1,081 feet and climbs to the town of Saluda, cresting at an elevation of 2,097 feet. In 1879, due to the depletion of financial resources and manual labor, the North Carolina legislature ratified a bill to provide financial support and to allow convicts to work on the construction of the line. The price paid by all workers, free or otherwise, was high since sickness and accidents resulted in a high death rate. Despite this adversity, the tracks reached the top of the grade three months after the convicts began work on the project, resulting in the completion of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States.


The Saluda Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with the depot listed as a contributing structure. Here is a description of the depot from that listing:

The exact date of construction for the former Saluda Depot is not known, but it was likely built during the first decade of the twentieth century. Some local tradition claims that it replaced the earlier depot, which had been located on Main Street in the center of town, in 1910. The "new" depot was built about a quarter of a mile away, parallel to the north side of the tracks and west of the present U.S. 176 overpass. In a town which owed its existence to the railroad and which depended on the railroad to transport its many summer dwellers and tourists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the depot was one of the most important buildings in town. In 1983 the depot was moved to its present location in order to assure its preservation. Although the depot is now positioned perpendicular to Main Street and the railroad tracks, it is architecturally very intact. It is a long rectangular structure defined primarily by its flared hipped roof with eyelid vents, widely overhanging braced eaves which cover the encircling platform walk, and stick style detailing. The combination passenger and freight station has German siding on the exterior, bay windows, six-over-six sash windows, and large freight doors as well as pedestrian doors. The well-preserved interior retains its unpainted vertical beaded board sheathing and paneling and some counters. In its new location, the depot has new chimneys, a new foundation, and an added railing around the outside.


When Southern Railroad discontinued use of the depot and it was falling into neglect, they sold the depot building to the City of Saluda for $1 with the condition that it would be moved from its original location west of town below the overpass. In 1983, The Eargle and Talbot families agreed to purchase the building from the city for $1,000 and move it to its current location on Main Street. Another condition of the sale was to "restore" it to its authenticity and thanks to the Eargle family the depot is well-preserved. It has been used as retail space since 1985. "When agreeing to sell the depot, the city commissioners also asked that a space within the depot be reserved for a display of train memorabilia which has never been done with so many other priorities by the city. When the citizens of Saluda purchase the building and make it a museum, this dream will finally be realized," says Cindy.


The historic depot is a modern icon of Saluda's beginning and subsequent prosperity with the coming of the train bringing passengers up the Saluda Grade, the steepest grade in the country. Because brave men built a railroad up a steep mountain, the small mountain village of Saluda is a thriving community with a historic downtown district with prospering shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by mountains and deep valleys in the Green River Gorge. These natural resources have drawn outdoor adventurists to bicycle, fish, zip line, kayak and hike mountain trails. These enthusiasts eat, stay, and shop in Saluda's businesses. Every Saluda citizen, whether born here or those who got here as fast as they could, will be asked to support this project.


More information, details, and photos can be found at, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Pisgah Chapter of Trout Fly Fishing School
Have you ever wanted to learn something truly special for this area?  The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.


Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams. The combination of the classroom instruction and on-the-water guided practice makes this one of the most unique and economical fly fishing schools available in our area.


The cost of the school (which includes lunch on Saturday, the 18th) is $125 for adults and $75 for students (ages 12 to 18).  Equipment for the class will also be provided.  For more information and to download registration for the school, please visit the PCTU website at  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended. Deadline for registering is April 11.


All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina.


Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.
Jerry's Baddle - Multi Sport Green River Race
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jerry's Baddle is a dual sport race that began in 2006 to honor a good friend, Jerry Beckwith, who had been diagnosed with ALS. The race was born out of a desire to keep his spirit and passion alive by raising money to help fight the disease that took his life and to foster the community he loved.  


The race consists of 4 miles of whitewater kayaking through the Green River Narrows, followed by 26 miles of road cycling with 4000 ft of cumulative climbing.


Following the race, there will be a festival for all racers and spectators at Wilderness Cove Campground. All race fees include entry to the festival. For those not racing, a $20 festival fee covers music, food, and parking. There are men and women's shower houses available for racers to clean up.


The festival will start around 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 18 and continue into the night. There will be live music for most of the afternoon and evening. There should be plenty of food for racers and spectators.


For more information on how to register, route maps, rules, how to donate, and more,
click here.  For daily updates, check their Facebook page.

Wildnerness Cove Campground is located at 3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773 (828)749-9100,

Childhood in Saluda
by Clark Thompson


Plundering My Memory Bank

From a very young age, I sought work primarily from summer people to supplement my milk money. Most of the jobs consisted of a few hours of general outdoor maintenance, trying to get the summer people's yards and grounds cleaned up after a winter and spring of neglect. However, I was too shy to discuss the hourly pay prior to accepting any job since I needed whatever amount they were willing to pay. 


Often the employers were the women of the house who, for the most part, were not as generous as the occasional man of the house. No need to mince words at this stage in life...some of those ladies was downright chintzy!! Even after receiving their instructions as to what needed to be done, I tried my best to communicate with any male who appeared to be a husband, boyfriend, etc., especially at quitting time, in hopes they would pay me from their own wallet rather than allowing the woman to do so. I had learned that men most often were more generous with hourly pay and tips.


As a kid, the largest tip I ever received came from a friend of the Shaffer/Holman family who asked me and a buddy to ride with him to a lake and to haul back several canoes. The entire time required was about five or six hours with most of that time spent just riding. After returning to Saluda, he paid us for the total hours spent and then handed us each a $5 tip. Talk about hitting a jackpot!! That amounted to a whopping two full days of hourly work. I had done handy work for his wife on several previous occasions but her generosity never approached his, and from then on, I tried my best to locate him when finished. He always suggested a more generous amount to his wife, even if she was paying from her own frugal purse.


One exceptional lady who I loved to work for in the early '50s was Helen McVeigh Phelps. At that time, she occupied a house on Holly Hill (now referred to as East Columbia Heights) near the intersection of Chisholm Street.  She told me that she had been, and still was, a fashion model in Chicago and was taking care of her elderly widower father in Saluda. Born in 1907, she remained a beautiful and elegantly dressed lady. Once she told me a story regarding her father whose name was Henry Bishop McVeigh.


Henry was born in 1861 in Springfield, Ohio to parents Benjamin Franklin and Eleanor Bishop McVeigh who were friends with Abraham Lincoln's family. Henry was 40 years old when he participated in the final disinterment and reburial of Lincoln's body in 1901. In several interviews which included the Hendersonville Times-News in 1961, as well as a Reader's Digest First Person Award story, McVeigh claimed to have been the last man to see the face of Lincoln. He had assisted in the preparation of the final tomb along with two other workers. The men secretly opened the casket, viewed the body and resealed it prior to filling the crypt with 10 feet of concrete. Years later, McVeigh retired to Saluda and his obituary notice indicates that he died in Tryon in 1962 at the age of 101 and was interred in Portland, Oregon.


This is the perfect segue to Carl Sandburg, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, twice for his poetry and once for his biography of Lincoln. For 22 years beginning in 1945, he and his wife Paula lived at their beloved Connemara Farm in Flat Rock. Paula was famous in her own right for raising championship goats. As a part-time teenaged employee at Duke Power, occasionally my job entailed reading meters, including Sandburg's. But as a small town country boy lacking in what the French might call a certain je ne sais quoi, I viewed Sandburg as just another old man. Usually when I walked up to his house to read his meter, he would be either reading or writing on his porch. We would exchange brief pleasantries as I went about my duties and that was the extent of communications between us. Not realizing the historical significance of the man, my primary concern was to remove myself from the overwhelming goat stench that permeated the air.


At other times Sandburg would read from his poetry or writings during intermissions at the nearby Flat Rock Theater, but even free theater tickets provided by Duke Power were not enough to keep me seated during the intermissions.


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