Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
April 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
Brown Bag
Saluda Play Day
Saluda Tailgate
Saluda's Brand
City Notes
Dining Out for Life
Saluda Center News
Senior Games
Tribal Belldance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
Out-of-School Days
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Friendly Chatter
Recognizing Volunteers
What's Happening in Music and Art
Low Country Boil
Spring Green Bash
Saluda Arts Festival
SAF Music & Entertainment
Arts Festival Sponsors and Volunteers
Saluda Scoop
Save Historic Saluda Depot
Saluda Faces
Tryon Arts
Top of the Grade Concerts
Pisgah Trout Fly Fishing
Jerry's Baddle
Childhood in Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Spring Flowers Blooming Calendar

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, $198,500.   REDUCED! 


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, $123,000. UNDER CONTRACT! 



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.


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property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
Click here to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home Listings 

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

2.39 Ac with view, $20,000 MLS#578964  


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 2.69 ac view lot, $40,000, MLS#578015  



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

 51.83 ac unrestricted land, $283,000, MLS#567003

8.42 ac, close to Fish Top Access on the Green River, $69,900 MLS#557067

19 ac Green River Cove, river front, $104,500, MLS#559424

5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000

1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $39,900

6.33 ac on Holbert Cove, adj to NC Gamelands, MLS#520721, $48,000

8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $70,000

View Lot, 1.87 ac, $40,000, Hideaway Acres MLS#455196

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $21,900, MLS#474915

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

Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202

The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $45,000, MLS#454553

11 ac., private, wooded, $125,000, MLS#534045

9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693

 5.84 ac, Little Warrior Estates, $69,000, MLS#454691

6.01 ac, pond, $125,000, MLS#543247

1.01 ac, Whites Lake, easy building site, $45,000, MLS#563106

2 ac, Winfield Cove, $40,000, MLS#545653  

Miller Mountain 3 ac, MLS#560929 $39,000

.55 ac, MLS#563859 $20,000

.51 ac, MLS#563860 $19,500

.48 ac MLS#563861, $19,500

Unrestricted 8.7 ac, MLS#562901 $84,667

8.7 ac with winter views, MLS#562901, $84,667


Other Areas

3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $29,500

1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $28,000

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


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


Looking for a Spring/Summer Vacation Retreat?
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Links to Real Estate Sources

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 May 9, 2015.

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  




Historic Tour of Homes in Columbia Heights 

Saturday June 6, 2015, 1:00 to 5:00


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 meets Tuesday, April 7 at 4:30pm at the Saluda Library. 


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


Saluda Community Land Trust

meeting at 3pm, April 1 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, April 10 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


Women's Club meets April 14 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, April 16, 6pm at the Saluda Center.  

Saluda Garden Club will meet April 20 at 11:15 am at Saluda Library Parking.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, April 27 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.


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! 

Brown Bag 

Supplemental emergency bags of groceries will continue to be distributed at Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, to anyone in need on the third Friday of the month. The upcoming dates are: April 17 and May 15.   The distribution of these bags will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoons in the church parking lot located at 72 Charles Street in Saluda. This will be a "no questions asked" gift of hospitality to anyone in need. Supplies may be limited so come early.


Distribution will be first come first served until all available bags have been distributed.


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

Saluda Play Day
April 25

CHILDREN AND PARENTS - SAVE THE DATE FOR Saluda Play Day on Saturday, April 25, from 11a.m. to 1p.m. Join your classmates for FUN in McCreery Park. This ALL FREE Community Play Day is sponsored by the Polk County Community Foundation under the Community Matters grant. There will be games, relay races, water balloons, hula hooping, a mudslide, refreshments and MORE. Contact City Hall at 828-749-2581 for more information.

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.  First market will open May 1. 


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.  


NOTE:  If you have changed your email in the last year, you may not be receiving online reminders and announcements about the Saluda Tailgate Market.  Please send your email addresses to if you would like to receive weekly information about the Saluda Tailgate Market.

Saluda Puts on a Brand New Face

After several months of examining the character of Saluda, consulting with marketing experts, and deliberating the essential icons of Saluda that best represent this small mountain town, The City of Saluda now has a new brand. A Branding Saluda Committee, which included Mayor Fred Baisden, City Commissioner Lynn Cass, Saluda business owner Cathy Jackson and Planning Board member James Hrynyshyn, met with Sarah Thew, co-owner of Carolina Blue Design Group, Hendersonville, NC over a three-month period to determine what logo would best represent Saluda. The one chosen reflects the essence of what makes Saluda different from other towns in Western NC.


The task was to establish a brand that encapsulates all that Saluda is while keeping the image clean, simple, gender neutral and welcoming. "Saluda has so many icons from which to create an image that it was challenging to come up with one single image. Cresting at the top of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the country, Saluda is where the foothills end and the Blue Ridge Mountains begin. Its authentic Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places and has become home to many artists who are inspired by its slow pace and natural resources of the Green River Gorge and Pacolet River Gorge, " says Lynn Cass.


Members of the Saluda Downtown Foundation, formerly Saluda's Small Town Main Street program, met almost two years ago to start the branding process. The Branding Committee continued the discussion with further meetings to make the final decision.


The logo is to be used on all written materials, all communication visuals and signs, all web pages and sites managed by the City of Saluda.


Cresting at the top of the steepest railway grade, ribboned by the deep valley of the Green River Gorge, the historic town of Saluda, NC calms the restless, inspires the creative, and excites the adventurist.

CityCity Notes


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.
Save the Date - Dining Out for Life® Day - Thursday, April 30th, 2015!

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project's (WNCAP) 13th annual Dining Out for Life® benefit will take place on April 30th in Asheville and the surrounding communities. The acclaimed national fundraiser, has raised over 30 million dollars for AIDS service organizations across the country and in Canada since it began. Locally, over 100 restaurants will generously donate 20% of their gross sales that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saluda's Purple Onion will participate for lunch and dinner on April 30.


Mark your calendars and make your reservations at the Purple Onion today for Dining Out for Life® 2015 and you just might help save a life. DOFL raises much needed AIDS awareness and serves as reminder that our community is still being affected by HIV.


To learn more and see all participating restaurants in Western NC visit wncap.

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 April 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., Apr. 2 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.  


The Submission by Amy WaldmanO

A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name-and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's.


The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad "Mo" Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself-as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy.  


In this deeply human novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole, The Submission is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talent.


Saluda single women potluck dinner will be on Thurs., Apr. 16 at 6pm. Please plan to attend.


Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Apr. 27 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.
Senior Games & Silver Arts

Seniors 50 or better, ready for some fun? Then meet and compete in the Four Season's Senior Games and Silver Arts. Now is the time to register for the May Games.


Senior Games offers you a chance to renew past skills and develop new ones. Events include cycling, table tennis, basketball shoot, 3 on 3 basketball, 5K run, bowling, shuffleboard, bowling, track events, golf, corn hole, pickle ball, swimming, and softball.  


Silver Arts offers seniors the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents through a celebration of heritage, visual, literary and performing arts.


Register now at Henderson County Parks and Recreation Dept. Call 828-697-4884 for more information.

Tribal Bellydance

Ladies, it's Spring! Summer will be here soon.....get those bodies out of the Winter slump before that slump becomes permanent!


Tribal Bellydance beginner's class: Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Saluda Center, yoga studio downstairs, $10. Wear comfortable stretchy clothes like you would for yoga, come put on a jingly hip scarf, and start MOVING. This is hands down the most fun you will ever have exercising.  


Tribal Bellydance is an American hybrid improvisational style blending many ancient dance traditions into a fusion of traditional Middle Eastern dance with folkloric dance movements from India, Central Asia, North Africa, and Spain. It is a multi-generational group of women dancing in unison with no pre-set choreography and using a lead and follow vocabulary of moves and cues, a form of non-verbal communication. The ethnically inspired costumes allow us to re-visit that childlike joy of playing dress-ups. Earthy and grounded, it is about women dancing as a tribe for the pure joy of it, invoking an ancient Muse. 


All classes: Saluda (Senior) Center, downstairs yoga studio.  For more information: or 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 The last Chair Yoga class will be offered at ICC on Wednesday, April 15-May 20 at 1 pm. The cost for this 6 week series is $30 ($5 / class).


A new class will be offered at ICC called 'Mindful Flow' starting on Monday April 13 thru May 18 at 10 am. This 6 week series cost $30 ($5 a class).


'Mindful Flow' is a class that focuses on the breath while stretching the body. The class uses modified yogic flows which center and relax the body, increasing flexibility. The class is set to beautiful meditative music which helps the mind as well as the body relax.


To register 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


Walk in the Woods

April 5 - Easter - Twin Bridges

This will be moderate meander of one to two hours.  Nancy and Chuck will guide the walkers through a huge population of emerging spring wildflowers located at the twin bridges over the Pacolet River on US 176 south of Saluda.


April 19 - Pacolet River

Nancy will lead this moderate to strenuous walk of one to two miles and one to two hours with two river crossings.  The walk will introduce you to an abundance of wildflowers.


We'll meet at the Saluda Library 2pm to carpool to the walks. Contact Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886 or 828-817-0364 for information or questions regarding SCLT hikes.


Saluda Dog Park

Bring your pups to the dog park to enjoy our latest attraction-a giant hollow log that dogs love to run through. The log was donated by Pat Robinson and transported to the dog park by Dave Prudhomme and John Morgan.


Twin Lakes

The beautiful and gorgeous Twin Lakes will have a work day on Thursday, April 2nd. We will be cleaning up trails and around the lake, so many hands will make light work. There will be something for all ages and abilities. We'll meet at 10am at the Saluda Library and carpool to Twin Lakes. Gloves and work wear will be helpful.


About Us

The next SCLT meeting is April 1 at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church 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 Garden Club

spring park

The program for Monday, April 20will be a tour of Van-Wingerden Greenhouses in Mills River. Please meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 12:15 p.m.   (NOTE: this is change from our regularly scheduled time of 10:00a.m.)   The greenhouse is very busy on Monday mornings so they prefer afternoon tours. We will carpool from the library.


Van-Wingerden is one of the largest greenhouse operations in North America supplying most of the large retail garden centers with vegetable plants and flowers.   We are fortunate to have them in our area. Their plants are available locally at Home Depot or Ingles. Please join us on the 20th for this very unique tour.


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.

Tree City USA-Saluda and Tree Preservation Association

Big news! Saluda is now officially a Tree City USA. Soon the flag will fly in a location to be decided proclaiming the designation.


The group organized in August 2013 assisted by Forest Rangers in the Polk County Dept. of the US Forestry Service. Tree City USA is a project of the Arbor Day Foundation.


Friday, March 20 was a special day in Saluda, a double celebration took place in McCreery Park-the annual traditional celebration of Arbor Day, as well as Saluda's Tree City designation, this year.


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 hold its next meeting on April 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina St. in Saluda.  Greg from GlobeTreks will be our guest speaker and will be discussing some of the delightful opportunities for day trips or longer trips, including Cuba, through GlobeTreks. Light refreshments will be served.  All women are welcome 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



To be Released June 2015: Images of America: Saluda, NC

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 launch celebration party!


SAVE THE DATE: Historic Tour of Homes

Saturday June 6, 2015, 1:00 to 5:00


 Home of Sandie and Henry Bright


The Historic Saluda Tour of Homes has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015. The Columbia Heights area of Saluda will be featured. Join the Historic Saluda Committee and tour homes on Charles, Chisholm and Towhee Streets, ending at the Historic Saluda Depot for refreshments and entertainment. All proceeds go to Save Saluda Depot project. More details to follow!


Polk County Film Initiative will Produce Second Oral History DVD

Beginning in April, you may see a lot more cameras around town, video cameras that is, when work begins on the second oral history film documentary titled, "Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions." The oral history committee is honored to be able to work with the Polk County Film Initiative who will film and edit this project. The HSC has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010 and to date have collected over 30 stories from Saluda's residents, primarily senior citizens. Through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, the HSC re-mastered audio cassette recordings of oral histories collected from 1981 to 1983 by the authors of the book, Saluda, N.C. 100 Years 1881-1981 (Volume II released in 1985), Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace. In addition, the HSC has collected over 500+ digital images in high resolution of Saluda's people and places for the new book Images of America: Saluda, NC to be released in June 2015. The video from these oral history interviews will be combined with the 1980s audio recordings and the high quality images gathered for the book to help tell the tale of music traditions from the past. Then new oral history interviews will be collected by the Polk County Film Initiative, who will also be out and about town for the next several months filming at venues that feature music and dance with roots in folk music, such as old time, traditional, gospel and bluegrass. One common theme noted throughout the oral history project has been the popularity of the old time square dances held around town many years ago. Filming will begin in April with local and longtime resident, Bob Whitaker, who will swap stories about the popular square dances once held at the Saluda School gym. Bob is rounding up friends who will help him tell these tales. Stay tuned for updates!


Save the Historic Saluda Train Depot

The Historic Saluda Committee is a partner in the initiative to purchase and develop the Saluda train depot. Go to for more information or visit Save the Historic Saluda Depot on Facebook.


Donations Being Accepted for Future Historic Saluda Museum

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.



The next HSC meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 10, 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 April 3 and April 27(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 31  Dance About Anything Performances at 8:30am by PreK-M, K, 2 & 4

March 31  Kindergarten classes to Autumn Care for Egg Hunt

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

April 3      Regular School Day

April 4      Saluda Easter Egg Hunt, downtown 2:00pm


April 13     Pajama Day for Students ($1 donation to American Cancer Society)

April 13     Faculty/Staff Dress Down for Charity Day (Donation to American Cancer Society)

April 15     Interim Reports.

April 17     Assembly:  Native Pride Dancer

April 22     Spring Pictures by Strawbridge Studios

April 25    Playful City event at McCreery Park, downtown 11:00am

April 27     Regular School Day

April 28     Report Cards

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


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     


Principal, Ronette Dill    


Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773  

boxtops Don't forget to collect Box tops! Box top collection containers are located in the Saluda Public Library, Saluda Post Office, and Saluda Elementary School Office.   


Keeping Saluda School Kids Safe 

To keep Saluda School children safe, please remember that the school campus and grounds including steps from Seminary St. to Main St., tennis courts, playground, and ball field are not available for community-wide use during school hours.  All visitors must check into the office before visiting any buildings or using any school campus properties.  We appreciate the community's support in keeping our kids safe while at school. 

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


All Events Are At Saluda Community Library

 Children's Programs


Mon. 4/6 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 4/6 @ 3:30pm: Nintendo Wii U Gaming

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


Mon. 4/13 @ 4pm: Sam's Reading Buddies

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


Tues. 4/14 @ 3:30pm: LEGO Junior Makers

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


Mon. 4/20 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 4/20 @ 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

Saluda Church Services & Events

Easter cross Easter Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill at 6:45 a.m. This is a community service which this year will be officiated by the pastors of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, the Presbyterian Church and the United Methodist Church all of Saluda. The Saluda Community Land Trust collaborated with these three churches, the City of Saluda, the Polk County Community Foundation and the Henderson County Community Foundation to buy the property on Orchard Hill to preserve this site for this event and community use in perpetuity. All are encouraged to come for a spectacular resurrection celebration. Dress warmly. The service will be held in the pavilion in McCreery Park in the event of rain. Directions:  From Main Street, cross over RR on Greenville St., travel to Pace Mountain Rd., bear right, bear right on Judd's Peak, bear right on Orchard Hill. 



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 

Golf Cart, Yamaha, tool around Saluda in style! Refurbished in 2011 w/ new tires, windshield, meets Saluda permit requirements w/ reflector, seat belts, lights, etc., great condition, $2800 obo. 828-749-3442


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.


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.

Martha May Seay Hardin, 83, of Saluda died Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Pete Scott, 81, long time resident of Lake Sheila passed away March 30, 2015.

Mary Alice Judy, passed away March 29, 2015 after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer. 

Levi Armond Randall, 81, of Saluda, NC passed Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015.

James Boyce Russell, age 57, of Saluda peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Rev. Wayne A. Hembree, 79, passed away March 10, 2015

Rena Jackson Gordon, 89, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Friendly Chatter

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


Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.

Two of Saluda's own, Henry and Sandie Bright, are part of the cast for the hilarious "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.", starting April 9 at the Tryon Little Theater. This farcical comedy ("rated" PG-13) comes just in time for laughs around tax time. The production runs April 9-12 and April 16-19. Tickets are available from the Theater's Box Office, 828-859-2466.

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015

The nation will observe National Volunteer Week April 12-18, 2015.  Saluda Lifestyles would like to recognize all of Saluda's volunteer organizations and individuals who take action in imaginative ways and with fortitude to meet challenges and accomplish goals that make a difference in Saluda.


Saluda Lifestyles salutes you!

Spring Stirs the Soul

march sunrise While still dark outside, birdsong awakes Saludians as the day breaks and the sun slowly rises above the mountain tops. Just as sleep renews us, waking us each morning for a fresh start, Mother Nature is waking from a long winter nap and a renewal begins stirring our souls as we anxiously await the blossoming of spring.


cherry Spring is a work of art that paints the landscape with pastel colors. Yellow daffodils, graceful forsythia, cherry blossoms, and redbud trees are centerpieces while in the background trees are budding and lawns are greening.


Taking a deep breath, the senses are filled with the smell of freshly cleansed earth combined with musty old leaves. The sweet smell of flowering plants and fresh scent of pine is a natural relaxer for the soul.


Springtime romance buds this time of year because so many of our senses are stirred up! Love is all around in Saluda as the soul is revived and "hope springs eternal."  

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in April


Spring is here!

The new spring menu debuts later this month and will feature the fresh, sweet flavors of a warming earth. Fresh local asparagus, peas, ramps, baby carrots, turnips, beets and spring onions adorn and flavor many of the new selections. It's time to raise the patio walls, enjoy the tastes and smells of spring and come out for some terrific live music.


New Paintings

We are fortunate to have our good friend Dale McEntire hanging the paintings on the walls of the Purple Onion. Last week several new paintings arrived from the talented local artists showing their work here and once again Dale has arranged them beautifully. In addition to those artists that normally show here, we are happy to welcome Vicki Van Vynckt, a landscape painter from Tryon.


Our featured artist for spring is Jim Carson who up until last year was responsible for hanging the art work here. Jim has been painting in both oil and acrylic for over 25 years. For 31 years, Jim was the managing partner in the law firm of Chambless, Higdon and Carson in Macon, Ga., where he primarily practiced in business, banking, and real estate law. Although always interested in drawing, even at an early age, Jim's interest in painting lay dormant while law school, marriage, raising a family, and building a law practice took precedence. In 1989 Jim's wife, Beth, gave Jim a painting course for Christmas with Marianne Dunn, and Jim has never looked back. This journey culminated in 2003 when Jim retired from law practice, moved to Saluda, N.C., and began painting full time. We shared many meals with the Carsons at the Onion back in 1999 before he and Beth moved to Saluda. Jim graciously agreed to be the liason between the restaurant and the artists back then and continued in that role for 15 years. He has surrendered the torch to Dale to allow more time for painting, workshops and family, but we appreciate his help over the years and are delighted to feature his work at the Onion this month.


King Estate Wine Tasting

April 28 @ 6:30

We are pleased to welcome Randy Ford from King Estate Winery on April 28 as we taste seven organic wines from their beautiful estate situated at the tip of the Willamette Valley just southwest of Eugene, Oregon. The Purple Onion wine lists boasts several wines from King Estate, but the selections for the tasting will all be different. Stoney and I visited the winery in April 2011 on a cool rainy day. We toured the winery, enjoyed a taste of several beautiful wines in the tasting room, a lovely fireside dinner at the restaurant, a cozy evening in their Orchard House and awoke to a late spring snow the following morning. If you are planning a trip to Oregon, we would highly recommend a stop at King Estate. If you can't make it to Oregon, at least join us on April 28 for a taste of their lovely wines. The cost for the wine tasting will be $49 and includes a selection of small plates inspired by the Northwest and chosen to complement the wines. Call the restaurant for reservations.


Live Music in April          

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


April 2 - Wendy Jones & Michael Jefry Stevens     

Fine jazz singing from Wendy Jones accompanied on the piano by Michael Jefry Stevens.


April 4 - Peggy Ratusz Band

This chanteuse from Asheville can sing it all, blues, jazz, Soul & R&B.


April 9 - Marshall Ballew & Wanda Lu Paxton 

These former on-air deejays and old friends from the early days of WNCW return.


April 11 - David Childers & the Serpents

"David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive." Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers.


April 16 - Chuck Brodsky

Chuck will be singing many of the songs on his just-released CD "Tell Tale Heart."


April 18 - Drovers Old Time Medicine Show

We missed this fine bluegrass band last year and are glad to have them back again April 23 - Marc Yaxley. We try to get this fabulous guitarist back whenever he is in town.


April 25 - Shana Blake Band

The café will be rocking this night as Shana and her band light up the room.


April 30 - Bob Sinclair Trio

One of the most unique and singer songwriters on the scene today.


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?


Beginning April 1, we will be open 7 days again!

Monday through Thursday 4-9

Friday 4-10

Saturday 2-10

Sunday 3-8 


On the 2nd Tuesday of every month we will celebrate Birthdays of the Month! For example, if your birthday is anytime during April, come in Tuesday, April 14, show Cindy your ID, and receive a beer on the house. Bring your friends and celebrate at the Depot.


Tuesday, April 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Naked Apple Pint Night

Come meet the brewery owner, purchase a pint of Naked Apple Cider, and the glass is yours to keep!


Please see the bartender to fill out the new member form. Everyone needs to do this even if you are already signed up. Cindy says, "Pretty Please."


We had a wonderful birthday bash on Saturday, March 14 for Patty Martin, a surprise planned by her daughters.....and was she ever surprised! Let me know if you want to plan a party for someone special.


There's always something going on at the Depot. Live entertainment, potlucks, social gatherings.... spontaneous fun.   


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


Music on Friday Nights

It is perfect to enjoy while dining, and it keeps even the youngest enthralled! Music makes us dance, inspires us to learn and just to be the best that we can be. Thank you friends for Friday night Old Timey Music! Music starts @ 7...See you there!


We are open: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11-3, lunch; Wednesday thru Saturday, 5-9, dinner; "Music on Friday Nights" at 7pm; Sunday 11-7.  

Visit us on the web at or on Facebook.


Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook



April contra Blue Ridge Contra Dance in Saluda


Put some spring in your contra step!

Join us April 1 for contra dancing at our favorite place, the Party and Event Center. The caller is also one of our favorites, Diane Silver. She is  great with beginners and experienced dancers so we have got ya covered! Music will be by The Wolf Moon String Band which is a group of longtime musician friends. Lucy Allen will be on  gcontrauitar, Briggs Hamilton on bass and banjo ukulele, and Marshall Goyers on fiddle and mandolin.


Lessons begin at 7:30PM and dancing is from 8-10:30PM.


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

dancersextension Mark your calendars to support our students for their year-long dedication to learning the art of dance in our fifth annual Spring Concert.  Our costumes have arrived, our music is edited and the choreography is being polished!  We will be ready for a colorful and entertaining Spring Concert on May 16 at 11AM, in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium.  Our concert is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival and admission is free! 


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 artist Karen Johnson will be sharing a recently inspired body of artwork with the public.  The show is called "From the Next Room".  One drawing, done to honor her late son Wayne, led to an outpouring of work; about 30 drawings and paintings will be presented.  Shane Varnadore, fellow Saluda artist, will be showing one of his wood sculptures, also inspired by Wayne.  The show will take place at 78 Main St.(former location of Honking Tonkers) in Saluda on April 3, 4 and 5 only.  Hours: Friday 6-9, Saturday 1-9, Sunday 1-6. 

chicken house
The Old Chicken House  
It's spring cleaning at the Old Chicken House and also some minor remodeling to provide new studio space for rent to creative people.


A 12' x 15' space is especially well-suited for a potter, vacated recently by a serious student on her way to Penland School of Crafts to learn more about her craft.


The Hen's Nest, an indoor yard sale, is expanding with new treasures to display and sell.


The Old Chicken House will resume its regular spring through early fall schedule of Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm or other times by appointment.


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

Celebrate spring with Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos on Open Studio Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. in April at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street; Paintings, sculptures and note cards are available and commissions can be arranged.

Her landscape series "Esto Perpetua" is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon; in Saluda, her paintings are found in Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.
For information, call 828-749-1153 or visit or her blog at


Bill Jameson Workshop

Spring is trying to get here as fast as it can so start thinking about "Spring on the Blue Ridge."

My "Spring on the Blue Ridge" workshop is Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16. This three-day plein-air workshop takes place around Saluda with area landscapes including waterfalls, spring foliage and farms and vineyards. Painters will work in their choice of oil, watercolor or acrylic, and the class is open to beginners and advanced students.

Wednesday evening the 13th will be our "get acquainted or re-acquainted" party.


The course includes 18 hours of instruction, and we will start our days with demonstrations in the studio before heading outdoors to paint until about 3:30. In the afternoons, you will be free to paint or shop the unique places that Saluda offers. Resting is also permitted and even encouraged!


The cost for the workshop is $325; we only take 12 painters in order to give personalized attention to each person.


If you have questions, please visit or call 828-749-3101. You can also email Bill at


 Mill Creek Spring, Oil on Canvas, 16"x20".




We will lunch at one of the enjoyable places in  Saluda.


Random Arts 



On April 18 and 19, we welcome artist Kim Wood Beller from Wilmington, NC to teach Memory Art Journal Book.  You'll learn to construct the journal and learn some journaling techniques, collage, paint, stencil and fill the pages with beautiful color. 2 day workshop $190.  


On May 16, our annual outdoor ARTS & CRAFTS FLEA MARKET will take place here and we are welcoming vendors to "sell" new, used, slightly used arts and crafts supplies, hand crafted art, for the entire day.  As a buyer, you will find everything from craft books, fibers, fabric, scrapbooking papers, rubber stamps, beads, jewelry, antiques, vintage lace and lots more. 


Stop by and see all that Random Arts has to offer, and best of all, we are just down the street in your community. It's all about community in Saluda, right?
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 

Low Country Boil and Music
Save Saluda Depot Fundraiser

9th Annual Spring Green Bash
May 9, 2015


9th Annual Spring Green Bash - May 9, 2015

Hosted by Green River Adventures at 111 E Main Street, Saluda, NC


Sponsored by WNCW, Oskar Blues Brewery and Prestige Subaru.   Music by Brushfire Stankgrass.


*50% off trips for the public using the promo code "SPRINGBASH2015"



8am Little Bradley Falls Rappel

8:30am Upper Green IK Trip

12:30pm Big Bradley Waterfall Trek

1pm Lower Green IK Trip

2pm Lower Green IK Trip

5pm Oskar Blues Brewery starts pouring

6pm Brushfire Stankgrass takes the stage


111 E Main Street

Saluda, NC 28773

828.749.2800 - office

828.749.2880 - fax

828.553.6334 - cell

12th Annual Saluda Arts Festival
May 16, 2015

Waddil Arts Festival



  Historic Downtown

Saluda,  NC

   May 16, 2015  

10am - 4pm


Turnout and be amazed at the exceptional talent at the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival exhibiting artists showing a variety of art mediums and enjoy music throughout the day. The festival is May 16, 2015 from 10am to 4pm along Main Street in Historic Downtown Saluda. This year's artists and craftspeople will make a strong showing of fine art and crafts representing a diversity of media: paintings, pottery, woodworking, sculpting, pottery, fiber, jewelry, metal, and much more. There is plenty of public parking and public restrooms. A special highlight is the Children's Art Tent where kids can explore and create their own works of art. Festival goers will see demonstrations of several artists at work painting, blacksmithing, and jewelry making.


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 and roving music throughout the day.

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

Onsite from 11am to 2pm 

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 string band 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 Saluda Grade String Band, (formerly 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 their creativity at the "Children's Art Tent"  with 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 tower over even the tallest person.  



Saluda Community fund Grant from PCCF 

Music and entertainment for the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival is graciously funded through a Saluda Community Fund grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.  


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.

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 or 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 Scoop

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


Ever wanted to know what it would feel like to jump out of a treetop? We're back to our seven-days-a-week operations and we are starting the 2015 season with a bang! We can't wait to have you back to try the newest addition to our course... a 20-foot free fall bungee jump out of a tree top! Just before your tour ends, your guide will give you the option to rappel or to jump - the decision is yours! Get your reservation set up today by visiting or by calling 828-749-2500!      


Affordable Golf Carts in Saluda

Lisa and John Bishop are now offering golf carts in Saluda next to Duck Alley at 24 W Main Street. They are running a grand opening special $100.00 off or free delivery within 75 miles on any golf cart on the lot. Go by and see what they have. Some are street ready!


24 West Main St, Saluda, 828-674-5752 or 828-490-5127  Like us on Facebook 



Spring is finally here and so is my expanded ladies apparel! I have made more space to display the very colorful all American made designs that have arrived in my shop, and with the additional space, I have also attached lines that span from Casual, to Sporty to Chic.


So stop by and look at 2015's Spring and Summer designs.


Looking forward, Irmy 


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



Spring is finally here. I have been hunting and gathering from a couple of new consignors and the shop is full of new "merch." Fine tableware, art, furniture, some home décor, and collectibles from around the world. We still have a broad range of styles and prices you will enjoy looking through. We will keep odd hours till May but are open weekends, weather permitting. We are becoming more of a consignment shop which is fun because of the diversity. Remember to bring your out-of-town guests. You can call and we will open if we can, 828-606-174; the number is on the door, too.  We are usually around. Like us on Facebook and check out the new shop pictures.


Located 160 W Main St, across the bridge on Hwy 176 across from Green River BBQ. 



Spring is poppin' out all over at Sassafras!  Come see all that's new.  We're not sure that your visit will cure you or give you a bang-up case of Spring Fever!  But we are sure you'll be glad you came.  You'll find separates from Cut Loose, Jag jeans, cotton and modal tunics from Heartstrings, tops from Wild Thing, Wild Woman (come on, we know that's you!), our extraordinary scarf selection, and More!  April hours: Daily, except Tuesday's.

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

Spring is HERE! At Tantastic tanning salon we offer a variety of tanning packages to fit your lifestyle. Multiple visits, monthly, 3 months, 6 months and a year in a clean friendly atmosphere. And don't forget PROM! To achieve the most natural sun kissed look for the special night, we are offering 2 weeks of tanning with a spray tan for $45.00.

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

Having lived in the tropics for 30 years, Spring is definitely our favorite time of the year. Our Daffodils are in full bloom, Tulips are about to open, Forsythia is a brilliant shade of yellow, grass is turning green, and the Trees on the surrounding hills are a cacophony of color. Combine that with the sweet smells of our fragrant plants, and it is a true sensorial delight up here at the top of Orchard Inn Lane.


Last yea,r we were completely sold out for both Easter and Mother's Day brunches, so plan ahead and make your reservations now if you'd like to join us for an awesome culinary experience with a fabulous view. Our brunch is never a buffet but always made to order and expertly served by our professional friendly staff. This year's Easter Brunch menu will include:

Easter Brunch 2015

Assorted House Made Pastries & Condiments

First Course

Strawberry & Basil Gazpacho, Black Pepper Oil, Crème Fraiche, Brioche Crouton

Spring Onion & Potato Soup, Fresh Dill, Ramp Oil, Crème Fraiche

Organic Arugula, Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Pecans, Shallots, Strawberry-Champagne Vinaigrette

Second Course

House Cured Alaskan King Salmon, Yukon Potato & Dill Gnocchi, Ramp Consommé, Asparagus, Quail Egg

Braised Lamb Shoulder, Anson Mills Grits, Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brioche Paine Perdu, Vanilla Bean Custard, Maple Syrup, Strawberries, Poached Egg, Sausage

Chicken Ballotine, Sausage & Spinach Stuffing, Parsnip Puree, Broiled Carrots

Newman's  Crab Cake, Poached Farm Eggs, English Muffin, Spring Asparagus, Prosciutto Chip

Third Course

Strawberry Mascarpone Custard, Lady Fingers, Godiva

Hot Chocolate Fondant Cake, White Chocolate Pudding, Whipped Cream, Strawberry Gastrique

Apple Strudel, Ice Cream, Whipped Cream

Chef's Selection of Gourmet Cheese & Condiments


$36.95  per person plus tax and 20% gratuity


We're also open for dinner every Thursday - Saturday evenings, Brunch on Sundays and breakfast every day. The menu changes weekly and is always posted on our website every Monday. 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

Just In Time!

Spring is officially upon us and with it arrives warm sunny days and a rich floral display of plants and trees. A review of the calendar reminds us of the opportunities that this season offers to get out and re-familiarize ourselves with the beauty of nature.

There's Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and Father's Day - each offering an opportunity to celebrate, get out and explore. There is no better place to shake off the winter time blues than a visit to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and the surrounding beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge yourself in outstanding dining, outdoor activities, history, theater and an endless array of shops, galleries and boutiques, all within an easy walk from the inn.


Gift certificates are a great way of reminding a parent that you care. A weekend escape with friends or family is the perfect way to renew a connection with someone special. Call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast to create mountain memories that will last a lifetime.


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:


Celebrating 125 years: April's Specials: Biltmore Century Wine- Red & White $12.50 per bottle. Also Thompson's Salad Dressings, BBQ Sauce, and Cocktail Sauce- Any "3" for $12.50.


Each Wednesday we will have "rotisserie chicken" and chicken salad prepared by Sam.


Wine Tasting on April 9-Featuring Biltmore Century White & Red-Special price for April $12.50 per bottle. Special on ½ case of wine 10% off and full case 15% off.


Veteran's Breakfast at Ward's Grill- April 16, 8 to 10-Bring a Veteran and enjoy a hot delicious Breakfast with other Veterans. 


back alley Save The Saluda Depot Fundraiser At The Back Alley Barn-April 12-Sunday Afternoon-3 To 6

Music with the 42nd Street Jazz Band.  Low Country Boil prepared by Irmy and Fried Oysters Appetizer by Tim Driggers from Lexington SC. Cash Bar for beer and wine.  Tickets Are $30.00 per person and can be purchased at the store or reserved with credit card by calling 828-749-2321. Music will be from 3 to 5 and food served at 5. Come out and help raise funds for the depot.


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

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


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

Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ

Happy Spring!

Major new announcement! We will be open Sunday's from 12-8pm and beginning in May we will be open on Mondays, 7 days a week! We will be closed Easter Sunday so our staff can be with their family. We still have our daily specials on weekdays.


The new cavatappi Mac and cheese topped with pulled pork is a big seller on the appetizer menu as well as Charlie Ward's Sausage Dip. We smoke our chicken wings in house. 


Ten local beers are on tap including a hard cider and Noble Cherry Cider. Both are from Henderson County and both gluten free.  The heavier Stouts are being replaced with new spring selections.


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!


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    

Wildflour will be open for our regular hours on Friday, April 3 (8am-3pm and 5pm-8pm for Pizza Night). Saturday, April 4 we will be open 8 am-3pm and we will be CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY, April 5. 


***We will be OPEN MONDAY, April 6 from 8am-3pm.*** Come by and see us on our first Monday of the season.   


Our new summer hours will be:  

Monday  8am-3pm

Tuesday & Wednesday - CLOSED

Thursday  8am-3pm

Friday   8am-3pm and 5pm-8pm PIZZA

Saturday 8am -3pm

Sunday 9am (pastries only) and 10am-3pm BRUNCH


There are sure to be some "courtyard perfect" days in April.  We look forward to serving you outside where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or brunch special while you soak up the sunshine and admire the beautiful spring flowers that are arriving at THE GARDNER'S COTTAGE.


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



Visit the shop to find out about new truly local foods including grass feed beef, chicken and pork, free-range eggs, cheeses and home churned butter. We have Vegetarian Lasagna and Chicken Pot Pie from Wildflour Bake Shop, as well as their breads, granola, crackers, and after 3 PM each day, Widlflour Bake Shop pastries at half price. Enjoy ice cream from family owned The Hop Ice Cream now in single serving sizes.  Dress up any meal with locally made Aged Balsamic Vinegar! Highland Gourmet Aceto Balasamico di Modena and Balsamic with San Pietro Figs. Come see all the new locally sourced products! 


* Wine Tasting every Friday from 5 - 7 PM during Wildflour Bake Shop's Pizza night.  


April Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00 PM Every day & even later on Friday!

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

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

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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Random Arts & Apparel  

Are you ready for a new look this spring? Changing your style? Look to Random Arts for an easy, affordable and uplifting change to your spring wardrobe.  Your every need will be met with personal attention and with a smile each and every time you walk through our door.


We offer a casual, artistic approach to dressing you up or dressing you down with everything from comfortable camisoles, leggings and tunics to dresses, scarves, jewelry and accessories. We even have some dresses that would be perfect for Prom!  You'll be able to explore new ways to express your creative self through clothing whether it be with color, design or style. 


Along with our new extensive lines of clothing, you will be introduced to our complete and ever changing creative workshops that nurture your artistic soul.  Whether you are a beginning crafter or an advanced artist, we have a wide variety of classes that draw the interest of artists and students alike from all over the country.


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   


macon bank You don't have to be here to bank here

You don't have to be in our office to securely deposit checks to your Macon Bank account. All you need is a smart phone or tablet. You (and your check) can be anywhere in the world that there's a net connection. Just point the camera at the check, snap the pix and confirm the transaction and it's all done. It's just that simple and quick.

Want to send cash to anybody anywhere?

Even better. Use your smart phone or tablet. Simply tell us who you want to pay, how much and their email or mobile phone number. They will be notified via email or text within minutes - not days.

Macon Bank is the ideal bank for your online life.

Remember, you don't need to be here - or even close to here - to bank here.


Get more information at one of the bank's eleven offices or go online at


108 East Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
P: 828-749-2550  

Historian Urges Giving to Save Train Depot

Dr. George Jones, historian and founder of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, spoke at the March 15, 2015 official launch of fundraising efforts to purchase the historic depot in Saluda, NC by a newly formed non-profit, Saluda Historic Depot. The event was held to kick off a fundraiser to match a challenge pledge of $50,000 if another $50,000 is raised by March 31, 2015.

The depot sits on historic Main Street at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States. The current depot building, built in 1903, is at least the second depot constructed in Saluda. Moved to its current location on Main Street in 1983, it originally sat further out of town. This particular structure is also a contributing structure on the National Register of Historic Places in the listing for the Saluda Main Street Historic District.

Once the depot is purchased, the Historic Saluda Committee will spearhead efforts to open a train/historical museum and collaborate with other organizations to include a visitors center within its walls.


Dr. Jones encouraged the citizens of Saluda to participate in this fundraising effort. "I am the oldest living person born in Saluda. I'll be 95 years old in August. The rest of you are late comers or just arrived," says Dr. Jones.  


He told the story about Saluda's beginnings when Burrell Pace received a land grant and the area was named "Pace's Gap" before it was Saluda. "Saluda has a great history, not a long one, but a great one. The railroad didn't have to have a right away. They could take one. The railroad had eminent domain so they brought the railroad right through Cornelius Pace's property. The early families that came here were the Ward's, and the Pace's, and the Staton's from over in Greenville County. The Laughter's and Thompson's and Bradley's came out of Rutherford, some came from SC. The Arledge's, and Newman's, and Holbert's came from Fairfield County, SC as a group. Saluda has a colorful history, and you would do well to develop this museum and preserve it for people to see, read, and understand," Dr. Jones said.

He strongly urged the citizens of Saluda to decide what it's worth to the community and individually to preserve the Depot and Saluda's history. "It's a valuable opportunity. You have an opportunity to participate in it. You'll never regret it, and as you develop it, you will all be proud. I hope you all respond, readily," advised Dr. Jones.  


Dr. Jones was instrumental in working with Henderson County to restore the historic courthouse. It cost $11 million to restore the Henderson County Courthouse, a beautiful building in Hendersonville that no one can imagine Main St being without. "It's there, the county has it paid for and it's in good shape. Incidentally, it was voted unanimously to float the bonds of $11 million to do it. It can be done, (probably) if each one of you will do your duty, see the value of this project, step up and do it. You'll have it solved," he said.


You can view Dr. Jones' presentation live at YouTube.


If you would like to climb aboard and help preserve the historic Saluda Depot for future generations, you can send donations or pledges to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or email  All donations are tax deductible and pledges will be invoiced within six months.


The historic depot is a modern icon of Saluda's beginning and subsequent prosperity with the coming of the train that brought 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.


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

Saluda Faces
Robin Kirby

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   


Saluda's Robin Kirby juggles family and her career as an artist, and she admits, while flashing a big smile, that being a stay-at-home mom seems to be winning right now.


"I have two children--both girls--one six and the other two," Robin said, "and taking care of them has limited my time at the potter's wheel." Her absence won't be permanent, she said, noting that she hopes to spend more time at the potter's wheel in the near future. She will also teach art this summer at Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville. "It is part of the continuing education program at the school and will be open to all levels of students," she said.


Robin will have a booth at the Saluda Arts Festival later this spring. "It's been a couple of years since I've done that show, and I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people I know. I'll have a number of pieces there available for sale." She specializes in robin kirby functional stoneware--mugs, bowls, baking dishes, and vases.   She draws inspiration from classical forms, art nouveau, art deco, "as well as organic inspirations such as leaves and flowers."  


A native of Chapel Hill, Robin earned a degree in art education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "I've always been an artist--drawing and painting--but college is where I really became interested in pottery."


From UNC-G, she moved to Danville, VA where she taught art education in high school. "I was fortunate to have access to a potter's studio there, and I decided that my art career was going to be in pottery."


Learning to make a living with her art was another step, and Robin said that came with her studies in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College in Waynesville. "The Professional Crafts Program helps you see the business side of art, dealing with galleries, owners, and customers."


Robin and husband Todd also realized that Western North Carolina was the place they wanted to live. We love Western North Carolina," she said. "It's a unique mix of people who live here. Todd and I kind of stumbled on Saluda when we were looking for land in the mountains, and that was ten years ago," she said. "We've made our home out toward the Watershed ever since. There's a great artist community in the Saluda area and a lot of young families, and that's important to us."


By Ken Webb


(See more of Robin's pottery at this website and the 12 annual Saluda Arts Festival.) 

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

Top of the Grade Concerts 2015


Top of the Grade Concerts at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda begins its 2015 season on Friday, May 8 with five concerts planned this year. This is going to be an exciting concert series with some favorite performers returning and an introduction to some new and fun musical talent. Concert dates are synchronized with the Summer Tracks concerts in Rogers Park in Tryon so there will be live music in Polk County all summer and you won't miss any of the fun.


All performances will be held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.


The Ella Grace Mintz Stage was graciously funded and built by the Don Mintz family in memory of Ella Grace Mintz, infant daughter of Sean and Shena Mintz.


Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. No food will be available at the park, but all of Saluda's delicious restaurants will be open serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.


2015 Top of the Grade Concert Schedule

May 8 - Miss Tess and The TalkBacks 

June 12 - Sound Investment 

July 10 - Aaron Burdett 

August 14 - Gigi Dover and The Big Love 

September 11 - 6 String Drag 


Top of the Grade concerts are coordinated by the Saluda Downtown Foundation and funding for the Friday night concerts has been through a community grant from Polk County Community Foundation. All concerts are free to the public through a Free Community Events grant.


Top of the Grade Concerts are being produced and coordinated by Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions this year. Peter has been producing the Summer Tracks concert series in Tryon for 16 years.


For more information about the concerts, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or or, 828-290-4316.


Photos of Top of the Grade logo, 2014 concerts, and performer photos are available in Dropbox.(You don't have to sign up to view photos, just close the message box to view photos.)   

Coon Dog Day is Here Again!

coon dog day banner Coon Dog Day is now accepting applications for sponsorships!  Once again, sponsors will receive greater benefits for their contributions, which will be used for the entire Festival.  Please review our Sponsorship Packet and make your decision to support Saluda's 52nd Annual Coon Dog Day Festival on July 11, 2015.  Download Sponsorship Packet here.


CDD You may now register for the Coon Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk online at or download registration here.  Early registrations before June 15, 2015 receive a discounted price of $25 each.  After June 15, the registration price is $30 each.  All early registrations are guaranteed the 52nd Annual Coon Dog Race/Fun Walk Performance T-shirt.  This year you may register to participate in the Fun Walk.  So, gather your pets (preferably dogs), children, friends, and family to enjoy a morning of walking fun.  Register online here and check out our Facebook page, "Coon Dog Day 5K Race" for up-to-date information.


The Vendor Application Packets are also available.  The 10' x 10' Craft Vendor spaces are $100, and the Food Vendor spaces are $250.  Download the Vendor Application Packet here.


If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Tangie Morgan by phone at 828 777-9158 or by email at


To sponsor this year's Festival, make your check payable to City of Saluda NC, designated for Coon Dog Day, and mail it to Saluda City Hall, P. O. Box 24, Saluda NC 28773.  Or you may leave your donation at Saluda City Hall at 6 East Main Street.  All donations are used for expenses incurred during the one-day event.

Tryon Garden Club Spring Classes 2015 

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


Subject:   Identification & use of flowering & non-flowering plants

Fee:         $5 per class, Non-members: An additional $5 gate admission fee will be collected the day of each class. The money collected goes toward trail maintenance at the glen.

Location:   Meet at the Garden House at Pearson's Falls 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the trail walk.


For information, please call Pearson's Falls (828) 749-3031


Click here to see calendar dates and registration form.


"Making a Place" with Philip Walker on May 7 at 4 p.m. at Tryon Fine Arts Center (a free public event), followed by an amphitheater party at 5:30 p.m.


Visit Tryon Garden Club website.  

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


Shooting Hoops      

The recent demise of Saluda native and former star athlete Martha Seay Hardin brought back memories of her incredible athletic skills during the '50s, particularly in basketball. At 5'10" she was a fairly tall young lady for her era who didn't hesitate to throw her size around while charging toward a basketball goal. Since she was several years senior to me, some of my recollections of Marthawho played on the Women's AAU Basketball Team for three years from 1952-1954have been aided by her daughter Terry Hardin Smith.


This industrial league team was sponsored by Hanes Hosiery which provided its players with a small salary plus room and board. In return, the team got to travel and compete throughout the U.S. and Canada. Coached by NAIA Hall of Fame inductee Virgil Yow, the team accumulated three consecutive AAU national championships during this era, which included an amazing 102-game winning streak.


One of his daughters, Kay Yow, coached the North Carolina State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009 and is a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame.


Pleadings from her future-husband, Everett, that she return to Saluda and join him in marriage brought an end to Martha's three years of basketball fame; however, it didn't diminish her love for competitive sports. On occasions, she would appear unannounced at the Saluda High School gym to participate in our scrimmage sessions. Needless to say, she made all of us look like we had three lead feet as she faked her way around and charged past multiple defenders on the way to easy layups. She also loved to join in tag football games where she outshined everyone with her leaping and catching ability. Later she was able to play in a Florida semi-pro softball league while Everett was stationed there in the Air Force, and then later at Harmon Field.


The ultimate testament to her innate athletic prowess comes from a letter written years ago by Coach Virgil Yow in which he described Martha as one of the top five athletes he had ever seen, male or female. Now that is quite an impressive claim coming from such a famous coach regarding one of our hometown citizens.


As a member of the Saluda High School Wildcat basketball team, I vividly recall participating once in a varsity vs. "all-star" fundraising game around 1955 which included the former Asheville native and two-time All American tailback at UNC named Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice. Even though he was small in stature at 5'10" and 175 pounds, his shifty running capability allowed him to play four years of pro football with the Washington Redskins from 1950-1954.


During a two-on-one fast break, Charlie threw his hip into me as I drove for an easy layup,knocking me flat on my tailbone. All I could do was crawl across the court to the sidelines as waves of pain wracked my body.  Needless to say, that was the end of my participation in that game, but added significantly to a lifetime of sporadic bouts with back pain. Charlie, I never forgot you!!


Another memorable fundraising event called a "donkey basketball game" involved team members attempting to ride very stubborn donkeys up and down the court toward their respective basket goal. One minute it seemed impossible to get a donkey to move; then the next minute, it would go tearing down the court at full braying speed while the rider frantically attempted to hang onto practically nothing. Even with padding on their hooves to protect the pristine wooden floor, a couple of the donkeys felt no qualms about fertilizing the basketball court, much to the delight of the crowd.


Recently I learned of one Ohio donkey basketball company that has been around since 1934. Heck, they may have some donkeys that are older than me!


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

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