Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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May 1, 2015 

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Annual Calendar of Events
Saluda Historic Home Tour
Dates to Remember
McCreery Park Cleanup Day
Brown Bag
Memorial Day
Saluda Tailgate
City Notes
Saluda Downtown Foundation
Saluda Yard Sales
Saluda Center News
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
Tree Preservation Association
The Women's Club of Saluda
Shagging on Saluda
Historic Saluda
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Friendly Chatter
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Top of the Grade Concerts
Spring Green Bash
Saluda Arts Festival
SAF Music & Entertainment
Arts Festival Sponsors and Volunteers
Historic Saluda Depot Museum to Open
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Faces
Tryon Arts
Coon Dog Day
Tryon Garden Club Spring Classes
Childhood in Saluda
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  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

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New on the Market!

Meticulously preserved home in historic district features high bead board ceilings, yellow pine floors, multiple fireplaces, wrap around porch, formal dining room, 2 master bedrooms on main floor, sunroom, skylights, zoned heating/air, heated studio/guesthouse, beautiful native gardens, well water for gardens. Easy walk to historic downtown. 4BR, 3.5 BA, 3409 SF, studio, MLS#582731-$468,000, 582734-$547,000 HOME ON HISTORIC HOME TOUR JUNE 6!


One of the first grand summer homes in Saluda, built on possibly the best lot in town, atop a hill, overlooking mountains, 3 walk-able blocks to Main St. Wonderfully authentic, large foyer, 10ft ceilings, wrap around porch, open floor plan, Tongue&grove b-board walls & ceilings, original heart-pine floors, large bedrooms each with bathroom, sun-porches, fireplaces, wrap around porch, stone work galore. 4BR, 4BA, MLS#573912, $385,000 HOME ON THE HISTORIC HOME TOUR JUNE 6!  


Gorgeous 23 acre estate of private land with creek, ponds, views, nestles an impressive Southland Log Mountain home. A welcoming private 68' rocking chair porch  to sit and enjoy the sound of waterwheel. Gather in the great room with stone  fireplace & vaulted ceilings, large formal dining room, chefs kitchen, backyard with artificial waterfall. 3BR, 2BA, 2,400 SF, 2-car garage MLS#582322 $580,000

1900 Farmhouse on 1.78 acres within walking distance to Historic Downtown Saluda. Efficiency apartment/studio has additional 255 sq.feet. 4BR, 3BA, MLS#581525, $223,800


You have found your mountain getaway. Quality "Blue Ridge Log Cabin" with year round mountain views, located minutes from Saluda & I-26 in friendly subdivision surrounded by NC Gamelands. Home features vaulted ceiling, loft, Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, and a separate workshop/storage building. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#580898, $179,900


Listen to the rushing water of the Pacolet River as it winds down the mountain. Three cabins sit on 15.23 acres with 1000 feet of river frontage and mountain views. Tryon Garden Club protects the land adjacent to Pearson Falls Road. Known as Sandy Cut Cabins, these three cabins are used for for family and vacation rentals. 3 cabins, 15.23 ac, MLS#580165, $350,000
Step back in time. Historic hand hewn log cabin built in 1917 and fully restored in 2014. Cabin comes furnished with original century-old antiques and has been upgraded with modern conveniences. The cabin sits next to a babbling brook on 16 of the most gorgeous acres in Polk County. Land has a network of trails, multiple creeks, mountain views and adjoins NC Game Lands; hunters delight. Mountain living at its finest and simplest. 1BR, 1BA, MLS#579877, $196,000
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 MLS#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




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Just Can't Find the Perfect Mountain  Home? Then Build It!
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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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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)


Saluda's Yard Sales, Saturday, June 27, 2015

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


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


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

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - September 12, 2015


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


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

Saluda Historic Home Tour

Save the Date

June 6, 1:00-5:00pm

Saluda Historic Home Tour

Tickets $20

All proceeds go to Save the Saluda Depot Project.

Dates to Remember

Saluda Downtown Foundation meets Tuesday, May 5 at 10am at the Saluda Library. 


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


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, May 6 at McCreery Park Pavilion.  


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, May 8 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.     


Top of the Grade concert on Ella Grace Mintz Stage at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park, Friday, May 8, 7pm to 9 pm. Rain or shine....move to Pavilion if rain.

Saluda Arts Festival, Saturday, May 16 10am to 4pm, Downtown Saluda.

Women's Club meets May 12 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, May 21, 6pm at the Saluda Center.  

Saluda Garden Club will meet May 18 at 10am at Spring Park.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, May 25 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.
McCreery Park Cleanup Day

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 date is 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.

Memorial Day Service
american-flag-wavy.jpg The Memorial Day Service will be May 25, 2pm at Veterans Park, located on Greenville Street by the railroad tracks.

Saluda Tailgate Market

May -October Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm 


It's here! It's May! That beautiful month we've all been waiting for. Dogwoods bloom and leaves unfurl so fast you could watch it happen if you could sit still long enough. But don't sit on Friday afternoons. Grab your basket and hat and make your way down West Main to the Saluda Tailgate market. Welcome in the first spring produce, greet your friends and neighbors, and hug your farmers. They have been planning through the winter and working their soil through the early spring cold days in anticipation of your visit to the market. Come see what they have to offer and celebrate spring. Make your shopping list and plan to pick up some starter plants for your own gardens. Opening day is Friday May 1st. See you at the market!


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


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.

CityCity Notes


Public Meeting to Discuss Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan

The City of Saluda invites you to participate in a public meeting related to the City's on-going bicycle and pedestrian plan development to be held on Wednesday, May 20, between 6:30 and 8:00 PM.  In conjunction with NCDOT, the City is currently developing a plan for future bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the City.  The purpose of the meeting is to gather public input on the proposed projects that will be included in the plan.  The meeting will be an informal drop-in meeting to be held at the Saluda Library in the upstairs conference room.

Cindy Hemenway, City Clerk


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 by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email Cindy Hemenway at and ask to be placed on the email list.
Saluda Downtown Foundation Update

Saluda Downtown Foundation  

Saluda has a new marquee at the corner of Ozone and Main Street designed by the Design and Appearance Committee of the Saluda Downtown Foundation. The marquee was designed to represent Saluda's railroad history and display monthly city events to visitors and citizens. Although construction of the sign was underway when the new brand of Saluda was developed, colors that are in Saluda's new brand that represent the steel of the railroad tracks and the red of Saluda's historic buildings were used.


The marquee was designed by Landscape Architect, Ben Coonrod, crafted by artisans, Bill Crowell, Kathleen Carson (deceased) and Kim Nelson. The stone foundation was built by Steve Justice, local stone mason who also built the original Saluda sign using the same materials at the same location so that both signs would complement each other. The original sign will get a refurbishing soon.


The Saluda Downtown Foundation evolved from NC's Small Town Main Street designation and is an organization of volunteers who give time, energy, and sometimes blood and sweat to enrich Saluda's downtown. The organization meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Saluda Library and the public is invited to join one of the volunteer committees of Organization, Design and Appearance, Promotions, and Economic Restructuring. The organization needs your skills, talents, and creative ideas so please consider volunteering and giving your ideas a chance to make a difference in the community.

Saluda Yard Sales

yard sale Citywide yard sales are scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015, beginning at 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  If you wish to participate, you may set up on the Saluda School tennis courts, or in the Top of the Grade Park, or under the Pavilion in McCreery Park, or in your own yard.


To reserve a free space, or to request a sign, or for more information, please call 828 749-3789.

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 May 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., May 7 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (A debut novel)

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.


Saluda single women potluck dinner will be on Thurs., May 21 at 6pm. Please plan to attend.


Community potluck and bingo, Mon., May 25 at 6:00pm. Plan to attend and bring a friend.


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. 

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

In May the Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) continues their first and third Sundays "Walks in the Woods."


Walkers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2:00pm. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk. Prepare for the walks with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack. Feel free to bring your field guides and a camera. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide.  For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or


May 3: Little Bradley Falls. A two-hour out and back of moderate to strenuous walking with stream crossings (water shoes) and a waterfall. Chuck will take walkers, pets, grandchildren and any young-at-hearts to splash and swim in Cove Creek just off Holbert Cove Road.


May 17: Holbert Cove Cabins. Betsy will give a tour of her 1920s restored log cabin and grounds. A walk of a mile or so up into the NC Game Lands is an optional add-on, moderate. Cookies and cream or watermelon are a possibility.


Thanks to all who helped and attended the 8th Annual SCLT Meeting that was held on Earth Day at the Saluda Center. Over 80 attendees enjoyed great food and updates on the many land trust projects, as well as the owl rehabilitator, Carlton Burke, who shared his feathered friends.


About Us

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.


SCLT monthly board meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month and all interested folks are welcomed. Starting in May, meetings will be held at the pavilion in Saluda's McCreey Park. Please join us for information and ways you can help our community in its work to make Saluda's environment "friendly."

Saluda Garden Club

spring park

The Saluda Garden Club will meet at Spring Park (behind City Hall) on Monday, May 18at 10:00 a.m. for our annual clean up and planting at the Park.  Please bring gardening gloves, trowels, clipper, etc. and join us for fun digging, planting and making the Park a special place for Saluda residents and our many summer visitors.

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

A happy day-Friday, March 20! Folks gathered in McCreery Park to celebrate both the annual Arbor Day observance and, for our community, Saluda's official designation as a Tree City USA.


Our group began in August 2013 working toward meeting requirements for the designation. We now look forward to meeting the goals for planting, care and maintenance of trees on Saluda's public property. We hope, also, to encourage respect and appreciation for the many benefits our trees provide for all of us.


Meetings are scheduled regularly the fourth Thursday each month at Saluda Library upstairs at 5:30pm. All interested are welcome.


Note: We will participate in "Spruce up the Park Day" on May 2 from 8 am to noon.  We would appreciate help from young and older.  Bring gloves, pruners, etc.  Light refreshments and water will be provided.


Submitted by Ruth Anderson      

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

The Tree Preservation Association and Tree City will continue to work toward much of the same goals while each complements the other and blend as well.


Tree City emphasizes planting and introducing children to the love of trees and nature while Tree Preservation, as our name states, has a special interest in our beautiful, large, old, healthy trees and, sadly at times, knowing when we must tell them farewell.


The Preservation group will not for now, schedule meetings but will meet for planned special events. Future programs and events may include a picnic in the woods, tree identification, building a home around a tree(s)-architect as speaker, and more.


Events will be advertised. For more information, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or contact Chuck and Judy, email


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  Our program this month will be a presentation on flower arranging by Jennifer Bates. All are welcome and we encourage any interested ladies to come.  


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.
Shagging on Saluda
To Benefit the Saluda Depot

June 13, 6pm to 10pm at the Back Alley Barn with DJ Curtis Treece, host of the Friday night "Mr. T's Party Deck" beach & shag music program on WSGE (91.7 FM - Gaston College radio). 


Ward's Grill is open until 8pm serving your favorite burgers, fries, and shakes from 3pm to 8pm.


No cover charge - however, donations for Save Saluda Depot are welcomed.  Come and dance the night away with Mr. T and help raise funds for our Depot.


back alley Back Alley Barn is behind Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. For more information, please call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321.  


Like "the Helper" engine that pushed trains up the Saluda Grade, the town needs your help in raising the funds to purchase the Depot and make it the Saluda Historic Museum. Make your pledge payable and mail to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773.


Visit website for more information.

Follow the campaign on Facebook at Save Saluda Depot.

See YouTube at Save Saluda Depot.

Historic Saluda



Oral History Film Project Begins with Fond Memories Shared of Old-Time Saluda Square Dances 

Left to Right: Tim Hoots, Anita Pace Hoots, Dr. Jerry Russell, Bob Whitaker, Hilda Pace, Sheila Russell, and Hope Pace gather in the Saluda School Gym to share memories of square dances.


Work began in April on the second oral history film documentary by interviewing locals about the bygone days of the square dances held in the Saluda School gymnasium. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) oral history committee is working with Kirk Gollwitzer and Lavin Cuddihee with the Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) to capture new film footage and to edit and produce the final product. The film focuses on Saluda's music and dance traditions, past and present, that have roots in folk, old time, traditional, gospel and bluegrass music and will be titled "Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions." A film premiere will be held in Saluda later in the year, where it will be available for sale in DVD format. As an extra bonus it will be featured at the inaugural Tryon International Film Festival in the fall, which is an event being developed by PCFI.


The first public square dance was sponsored by the Young People's Service League of the Episcopal Church and was held in Library Hall, which was the basement of the Julia F. Goelet Memorial Library located on Seminary Street.1 Their popularity grew so rapidly that within a few years there was no longer room for them in that space. In 1933-34, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) provided funding to build the first school gymnasium in Polk County. At that point, the square dances were moved to the school gym. The dances were given primarily to benefit the high school athletic association. Bob Whitaker, who now owns the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda, held dances in the school gym on Friday nights from 1965-1985. When he was not calling, Bob played in a band with his buddies. It was not unusual to have two hundred folks for clogging and square dancing on Friday nights, with ages ranging from 7 to 75. It was a family affair with parents and children welcome. The gym was always decorated appropriately with a favorite being a real wagon wheel suspended from the ceiling with streamers.


In an effort to help preserve the Saluda square dance legacy, Bob Whitaker gathered together a group of seven people to share their stories about the days when the Saluda School gym was the happening place on Friday nights. Tim and Anita Pace Hoots, Dr. Jerry Russell, Hilda Pace, Sheila Russell and Hope Pace helped Bob paint a colorful picture of life when folks couldn't wait for Friday nights to get here. Before it was a wrap, the group demonstrated a few dance steps as Bob called the dances.


Gollwitzer and Cuddihee will incorporate into their work portions of the oral histories the HSC has collected through audio and video since 2010, combined with snippets of re-mastered audio cassette recordings of oral histories from 1981 to 1983 collected by the authors Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace during the writing of their book, Saluda, N.C. 100 Years 1881-1981 (Volume II released in 1985), along with relevant digital images that have been collected by the HSC. One common theme noted throughout the oral history project has been the popularity of music, especially the old time square dances held around town many years ago.


Other planned film shoots are scheduled in Saluda throughout the spring and summer in order to adequately showcase the rich and diverse blend of musical variations that spun off from roots based or folk music that influenced Saluda's musical tastes yesterday and today. This film will not only appeal to Saluda residents, but will be of interest to anyone who has an appreciation for the musical heritage of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains and foothills. Funding is being provided by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation through the Saluda Community Fund and by funds raised through proceeds from past projects of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC).


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

You are invited to join us on Friday, June 19th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. for the official release of Images of America: Saluda at the Saluda Historic Depot. Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Mary Ann Hester with the Historic Saluda Committee have co-authored a book about Saluda 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. The Saluda Grade String Band will provide entertainment. Refreshments will be served.


SAVE THE DATE: Historic Tour of Homes

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

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!


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, May 8, 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

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School May Events 

May 1         End of the Fifth Six Weeks of School

May 1         5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition to Carl Sandburg Home

May 1         Relay for Life at Polk County Middle School 6:00pm-12:00am

May 4-8     Read-a-thon Activities and Books Are Really Fun distribution

May 4-8     Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 5         Report Cards

May 6         We will join children & adults around the nation to celebrate Walk & Bike to

School Day---Meet at Saluda Community Library at 7:30am to walk to school today!

May 8         Fifth Grade Trip to PCHS farm and to PCMS for lunch & tour  

May 11        Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

May 11        School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

May 19       Top Cat Awards

May 20       Interim Reports

May 21        PreK-5th Grade to visit Camp Wayfarer

May 25       HOLIDAY (No School)

May 28       Last Day for After School Academy

May 29       Dress Down for Charity

June 2-11    End-of-Grade TESTING

June 11       Awards Programs:  PreK-2 at 8:30am; Grades 3-5 at 9:30am

June 11       Half Day for Students; Last Day of School

June 15-29 Summer School


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Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     


Principal, Ronette Dill   


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


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



Keeping Saluda School Kids Safe 

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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


All Events Are At Saluda Community Library

 Children's Programs


Mon. 5/4 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 5/4 @ 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. 5/11 @ 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. 5/12@ 3:30pm: LEGO Junior Makers

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


Mon. 5/18 @ 10:30am: Pre-School Storytime

Stories help develop imagination, listening abilities, and vocabulary.


Mon. 5/18 @ 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

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 

Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson is the  Priest in Charge

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to

Saluda Post Office Hours

US Post Office Store Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
Saluda Classifieds 

Number of Beauty Shops in Tryon:  8

Number of Beauty Shops in Columbus: 8

Number of Beauty Shops in Saluda: 0

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

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.

Mildred Elizabeth Thompson Skelton, 93, formerly of Saluda, NC passed away Monday, April 6, 2015.   

Shirley Ann Pace, 69, of Saluda, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Albert "Bert" S Browning, III, 85,  passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 20, 2015.
He was supportive and generous to all and will be a great lost to the Saluda community.

Dr. Kenneth M Dennis (Dr. Mike) passed away this week unexpectedly. Dr. Mike was a generous and constant figure in Saluda and made an impact on the arts and music scene in Saluda. He introduced Saluda to new musical talents and performing arts and was an inspiration to everyone he met-young and old. In remembrance, read story written in 2010 courtesy of Hendersonville Times Inspirations: Mike Dennis, a positive spirit.

Forced to discontinue his pediatric practice after 35 years because of Parkinson's, Dr. Mike lived by the words from a poem :  "The Way To Happiness." It reads: "Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simple, accept little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done."
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    

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise:  

Saluda Voices "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling. 


dvdHome, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel.   Price:  $20.00+shipping. 


Don't Miss Getting Saluda Lifestyles

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Splendor in Saluda

Along with spring flowers, there's a lot of fun blossoming in May. Creeks and rivers are swollen with April showers and mountain ridges shimmer with varying shades of green. Peeking through the tall trees are the delicate white blooms of the dogwoods.  With clear skies, gentle breezes, and breathtaking mountain vistas, it's a perfect time to hike mountain trails looking for multi-colored wildflowers.


The arts in Saluda will bloom this month with outdoor concerts and the annual arts festival. Shops and restaurants will extend hours for spring and summer to accommodate the longer days and the increase in visitors.


As summer folks return to open summer homes, Saluda's population will blossom, too. Returning after the winter months, these folks are busy cleaning yards, stocking pantries, fixing broken water pipes, and getting out the porch furniture.


Saludians will enjoy greeting each other at the Saluda Tailgate Market that opens May 1 for the season amd will enjoy catching up on the news and buying local produce.


Remember your Mother on Mother's Day in Saluda on May 10. You will have a choice of restaurants from which to choose for your celebration since all of Saluda's dining establishments will be open!   


May is the start of a splendid season in Saluda.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in May




Open 7 Days a Week Beginning May 1

Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 2:30 Full Lunch Menu

2:30 - 5 Pizza & Beverages on the Patio

5:00 - 9 Full Dinner Menu

Sunday Brunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


For years, customers and downtown businesses have lamented the limited dining options open to visitors between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. With limited space and a great deal of preparation involved in switching to the dinner menu, the logistics of remaining open all afternoon present a few challenges. In order to accommodate hungry visitors during that time but still insure quality service, we have adjusted our lunch menu options. Salads and sandwiches will be available 11:00 until 2:30. From 2:30 until 5:00 we will offer pizzas and beverages on the patio and then continue with the full dinner menu at 5:00 PM.


Live Music in May            

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


May 2 - Carolina Ceilli

A ceili is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing ... and drinking. Be prepared for a good time.


May 7 - Tellico

This quartet returns to provide "wonderfully original mountain music," Martin Anderson, WNCW Music Director.


May 9 - The Carpenter Ants

Old style rhythm and blues, gospel soul and country funk is back from a group that gets it right.


May 14 - Jon Shain

"Shain brings a finger picked folk sound that sparkles like fine crystal with similar delicacy," The Independent Weekly.


May 16 - Citizen Mojo

Soulfully compelling interpretations of classic and not-so-classic blues, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll.


May 21 - The Accomplices

Fine low country string band from Savannah, Georgia make their debut here.


May 23 - Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

A band that stands out among an ever-growing list of young bands putting their own spin on traditional bluegrass instruments.


May 28 -   David Childers and Bruce Piephoff

David and Bruce have appeared here often but not in this singer/songwriter setting. We can't wait.


May 30 -Lonesome Road Band

These three performers, old friends of the café, do bluegrass as good as it gets.


Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.


We are pleased to announce two upcoming Sunday concerts on June 7 and July 19.


The Honeycutters, an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina return on June 7 @ 7:00 PM with a new cd, Me Oh My. Since 2007, when the group formed, they have been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 they were voted WNC's favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader's poll. Organically grown around the songs of lead singer Amanda Anne Platt, the band has gained an audience that has stretched far beyond their mountain home to include all corners of the United States.


On Sunday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM, we are honored to welcome back Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues. Mac Arnold's first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and now a third CD, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.


Admission for both shows is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited.  The performances starts at 7 PM.  The doors open at 6 PM. A limited menu of pizzas and appetizers will be available from the time the doors open until the show starts with beverages and desserts available throughout the concerts. . Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Discover, American Express or Master Card.


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 in May?


Cinqo de Mayo, Tuesday May 5, 6:00pm. Bring your favorite Mexican food to share.  Let's have fun, beer, and that tasty, tangy sour cherry hard cider!


Spring Hours: 

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! Tuesday, May 12, just show Cindy your ID, and receive a beer on the house. Bring your friends and celebrate at the Depot.


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."


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



  contra May Blue Ridge Contra Dance in Saluda


Blue Ridge Contra ....Your Friday Night Special!


Please note that our next three dances will be held on a Friday night: the next one is Friday, May 8;  then, Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17.


Times are the same: Lessons from 7-7:30PM with dancing from 7:30-10:30. Our caller for May will be  the ever popular Dean Snipes who caters to both beginners and advanced dancers. If you are new to contra, his lesson will get you up to speed quickly.


The band is the Unusual Suspects with Chris Liakos and Bobby Scott on guitar. Dean Snipes can tell you where to put your feet and then Chris and Scott will make them want to move!



The admission for Blue Ridge Contra is $9 for adults, $5 for students and for those under 18. And yes, some of our younger dancers are great! We also have specials so ask about them when you check in. For example, if you bring two new dancers, you get in free! The venue is our home-away-from-home, the Party Center and Event Place. If you need directions, please visit If you are on the site, look at one of our dances on their Gallery page!


Remember the change from Saturday to Friday nights! Y'all come!


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!




The Lake Summit Homeowners Association will host their BBQ, Bluegrass, and Square Dance event Sunday, May 24.  The evening starts at 6:00pm followed by dinner, great music and some old time square dancing.


Shaggin' In Saluda 3 at The Party Place and Event Center

Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 7PM til 11PM

12,000 sq. ft. Facility, Huge Dance Floor, Lighted Parking & Concessions Available


Hosted by: Mountain, Electric City, R&B, Upstate Shag Clubs & Mountain Empire Shag Society


ABSCDJ's: Jeff Foster, Terry Hopper, Riki Vernon and Bobby Vaughn

Each DJ to play 1 hour. Special Tribute planned for our Armed Forces.


$10.00 per person cover charge - Cash only and Food, Beer and Wine available at The Event Center.


50/50 Drawing. Silent Auction of baked goods to benefit the Ellen Taylor Foundation.

Please bring an item to donate.


Let's go Shaggin' in Saluda! Invite others to join in on the Fun! All Shaggers are Welcome!


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


Dancers Extension

The community is invited to our fifth annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 16 at 11AM.  The concert will be held in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium and admission is free.  Over 50 dancers are polished and ready to perform original choreography in an exciting and colorful show.  Immediately following our concert, Bret Snider will be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  She joins Willow Arkell and Zoe Parsons as a member at the junior level of this program of the National Dance Education Organization.  The Dancer's Extension Spring Concert is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.


Registration is open for summer classes, dance camps and the 2015-2016 academic year.  Be sure to register early as space is limited.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.  Adult classes continue through May with Beginner Ballet at 7PM on Mondays and Hot Pop! Dance Fitness at 2:30PM on Tuesdays.  Our adult schedule will change for the summer months, so be sure to check with us in June.  The Dancer's Extension will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.


Come join the fun and creativity!  We welcome new and seasoned students to our studio. 

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


chicken house
The Old Chicken House  

Susan Cannon, artist in glass, is expanding her studio space in the Old Chicken House, preparing to offer classes and workshops. Her work can be found at Kathleen's on Main Street, Saluda. More information on Susan and her art is on our web page, or call Ruth at 828-749-9718. Leave a message for return call.


More studio space is available in the Old Chicken House. A potter might need the one space with a sink, concrete floor and counter/shelf space. Another studio is huge---big enough for two or three artists/crafters to share. Windows cover the entire northeast wall. Rent is unbelievably reasonable!


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


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 restaurants in  Saluda.


Random Arts 

 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


Bonnie Bardos, Artist
Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos will be at the Saluda Art Festival on May 16 to demonstrate painting and sculpture making during the day. On other Saturdays during May, she'll have open studio afternoons from 1-3 p.m. in 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, and currently in an exhibit Tryon Arts & Crafts. 

For information, call 828-749-1153 or visit or her blog 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, 7pm to 9pm with Miss Tess and The Talkbacks.   

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks - Friday, May 8


Miss Tess & The Talkbacks is a grooving rock 'n' roll band rooted in swinging blues, throwback country, and rockabilly music from Brooklyn, NY. Front and center in this tight quartet is soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist, Miss Tess. She possesses a voice that is, "alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to" (Pop Matters).


With multiple US tours and several releases under their belts, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks has proven to be one of the most exciting acts on the blossoming Americana scene.

Their most recent release, The Love I Have For You, (2013 Signature Sounds Recordings) features six covers and one new original, and pays homage to some of Tess's favorite singers and songwriters including Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Ted Hawkins, Randy Newman, and Hank Williams. The album was produced by Miss Tess & The Talkbacks and recorded and mixed by Devin Greenwood (Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, Amos Lee) in Brooklyn, NY. "Each artist we covered has held a special place in the history of our lives, as well as in the history of American music," says Miss Tess. "These folks are all musical giants who dedicated their lives to music, and for that I hold them in the highest esteem."


Let's show this band from the north a hearty Saluda welcome! Make sure to put this date on your calendar and an alert on your smartphone!


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

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.)   

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 for the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival and be amazed at the exceptional talent of the exhibiting artists 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 making jewelry.


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


Visit to see a list of artists. 


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 is 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. Though drawing primarily from their own creative inclinations 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.  


A late headliner,Deb and Irv Camacho, are from Saluda and will be performing Americana, folk, and a little country on the porch of Cathy Jackson Realty from 10am to 12pm.  Deb and Irv entertain frequently at the Green River Brew and Saluda Grade in Saluda. 


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 and parking is behind the school.   


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 - Sponsors and Volunteers


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


This year we would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors of the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival.



Bryan Easler Toyota

Don Mintz Builder

Heartwood Gallery

Hendersonville Board of Realtors

In Memory of Barbara Seiler

Lynn Casey and Howard Troxler

Macon Bank

Pam and Clark Thompson

The Purple Onion



Amy and Angelo Zollo

Barbara and Scott Cardais

Beth and Jim Carson

Cathy Jackson Realty

Charles Street Garden


Essential Elements and Bodywork

Feagan Law Firm

Green River BBQ

Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot

Kenneth M. Dennis (Dr. Mike) 

Lynn and Mike Cass

Mary Jane and David LaFave


Saluda Tailgate Market



Flat Rock Cinema

Lesesne & Gene Dickson

Patty Martin

Rhonda Corley


The Dancer's Extension


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.  



Thank you to all of the Volunteers for the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival. 

We appreciate all the people who have volunteered for this year's arts festival. If you would like to be on the volunteer list for next year's festival, please contact Patty Martin at




Saluda Historic Depot - Preview Museum Open during Saluda Arts Festival

The depot sits on historic Main Street at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States.  The depot building is a contributing structure on the National Register of Historic Places in the listing for the Saluda Main Street Historic District.    


The Saluda Historic Depot organization is raising money to purchase the building and is working with the Historic Saluda Committee to make it Saluda's historic museum to highlight the history of the railroad, Saluda's downtown, its people, and the history of its natural resources.  


The Saluda Historic Depot will be open during the Saluda Arts Festival featuring a sample of the historical artifacts and content that will be preserved in the museum.


T-shirts will be on sale in the depot that day and free water bottles will be available, and restrooms will be open. 


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.


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


Read recent interview with Dr. George Jones about the railroad in Saluda.

Saluda Scoop

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


salamander Happy Anniversary Salamander as May marks the start of our twelfth year in Saluda.  We continue our tradition of hosting the work of nearly 100 American artists from 30 states and have quite a few new artists for you to enjoy.  We also continue doing fair trade with superb artists in 10 countries.  Our latest of these discoveries is a group of highly skilled metalwork artists in Haiti.  Using only a hammer, a chisel, and a nail, they turn recycled steel drums into gorgeous, finely detailed and multi-dimensional works of art.  These pieces will add beauty and interest to your home and can be placed on indoor or outdoor walls.


We are also featuring spectacular antique Tibetan jewelry.  These pieces are one of a kind so you won't see them anywhere else or on anyone else.  Come see them while they're still here.  We look forward to your next visit.  


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



I think Spring is here and Saluda looks more charming then ever in full bloom. You can find all the beautiful Spring colors in this year's cotton and linen collection.    

I also received more Spring and Summer clothing from great American companies (Vine Street, Liverpool Jean Company,  T*Party, and Avalon Sweaters). After last year's input from all my customers, I have broadened my apparel accordingly. Thanks for all the input. Visit our website to see our line of clothing.Like us on Facebook 


And thanks to everyone that joined us in our first anniversary open house celebration; it has been a great first year in Saluda! 


Looking forward, Irmy 


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



Spring is in full bloom and we are full to the rafters, with new consignors, one well traveled, so there are new items from all over the world. We also have wonderful merchandise for setting up your tables for summer parties and get-togethers. The shop has become almost half a consignment shop. Back to semi regular hours, Margie is back to work, and now we have Sonya and Andrew to help you with your treasure hunt! Bring your friends, we haven't seen all of you Saludians and summer people. Oh, also we have added Hospice (Polk County) to our charities to which you can donate items. (Half of the proceeds go to charity.)


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. 


Tantastic Tanning

We are offering a "Pamper Mom" special the whole month of May! A basket of goodies that includes instant ageless, lotion samples, chap stick, spa facial, a month in regular bed and possibly more...for only $45.00! Spray tans the month of May are $22.00!


What is our new product instant ageless?

The New stem cell research cream that diminishes black circles and wrinkles in less than 2 minutes! Don't believe it? Come try it for yourself for only $5. Watch the results instantly! 


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

As we sit here contemplating this writing, we gaze out from the dining room windows of Newman's Restaurant and feast upon the beauty of the surrounding mountains, all turning a lush green with bright new growth. Our azaleas are in bloom so the drive is a cornucopia of vivid purples, reds, pinks and whites. Beauty is all around us. Life is grand!


Last year we were completely sold our for our Mother's Day brunch, 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 Mother's Day Brunch menu will include:


First Course

Yukon Potato & Wild Ramp Soup, Chive Oil, Brioche Crouton

Vegetable Gazpacho, Crème Fraiche, Lemon Rosemary Lavash

Baby Spinach, Arugula, Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Pine Nuts, Rhubarb Vinaigrette


Second Course

Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Twice Baked-Goat Cheese Soufflé, Morels, Grilled Asparagus, Lemon Voluté

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast, Lemon-Thyme Crepes, Ramps, Roasted Mushrooms, Chicken Jus

Brioche Pan Perdu, Vanilla Bean Custard, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Sausage, Poached Egg

Braised Beef Short Ribs, Parsnip Puree, Sweet Potato & Black Truffle Croquette,

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Newman's Crab cakes, Yukon Potato Hash, Sautéed Kale, Poached Egg, Hollandaise

Poached Turbot Filet, Pickled Cucumbers, Tarragon Cream, Fingerling Potatoes


Dessert Course

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Rhubarb Syrup

Chocolate Crème Bruleè, Chocolate Whipped Cream, Strawberry Chips

Coconut Panna Cotta, Pineapple Gelè, Whipped Cream, Toasted Coconut, Dehydrated Pineapple

Comptè, Hoch YBrig, (Cheese plate) Rhubarb & Violet Gelè, Black Pepper Gastrique,

Pickled Ramps, Lavash

$38.95 per person


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 web-site 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.


For reservations call 828-749-5471. 

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

Click here for directions.


A bright rainbow of color greets you as you visit the Sassafras store this month!  Check out our new Jag jeans in spring colors, popular light weight cotton sweaters by Lulu B, scarves galore to spice up any outfit, and unadvertised weekly specials to reward you!  You'll be glad you stopped in. Joann, Connie, Catherine, Lily, and Pam


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



The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

The idiom says, "Can't see the forest for the trees".

The winter months are our quiet time here at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast - a time for us to polish and prepare the inn for our summer guests. It also gives us the opportunity to travel. And while it was time well-spent, to return home reminds us of the genuine beauty, culture and lifestyle that we enjoy here in the mountains. It's "your time" to discover - or rediscover - this unique and beautiful place.  


The spring mornings have awakened the plants and trees, while painting the hills and valleys with colorful foliage. The friendly smiles of the town folk welcome you to a place like no other. The only traffic light in town is a flashing yellow at the school crosswalk. Zero pollution and our mountain-top advantage promises night skies lit by only stars, the serenade of the Spring Peepers off in the woods and the perfume of lilac wafting through your window.

Local music and art kick-off the first organized celebration of the season, with Top of the Grade Concerts on May 8 and the Saluda Art Festival, May 16. No need to worry about parking or finding a seat in a restaurant. Simply book your comfortable and spacious accommodations at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a relaxing stroll to Main Street, a sumptuous gourmet breakfast and the hospitality that The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is famous for!


Remember Mom on Mother's Day! Gift certificates available!


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:


Open on Sunday! Starting in May from 11am to 4pm.


Wine Tasting on May 7 at Ward's Grill.


Veteran's Breakfast at Ward's Grill- May 21, 8 to 10-Bring a Veteran and enjoy a hot delicious Breakfast with other Veterans. 


back alley Special Hours during Saluda Arts Festival

Ward's Grill will be open until 4pm serving a special menu in the Back Alley Barn and Boarding House Venue Balcony during the Saluda Arts Festival. 



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

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


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

Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ

New hours! 

Now open 7 days a week. Monday's 11-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday's 11am-9pm, and 

Sunday's 12-8pm!


We still have our daily specials and with the new hour changes, they will be changing!


Great new spring and summer ales are coming out in our selection of local draft beers. We still carry gluten free ciders and beer and a nice selection of organic wines either by the glass or the bottle.


New summer veggies coming back to the menu and our Smokehouse Gazpacho will be back again. Vidalia Onion Slaw is back on the menu!


Pint PBR and Narraganset $1.50 every day! 


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.  


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    

Spring has brought a bustle of activity to Wildflour.  We would love to bring you up to date on all the new changes:


Mondays:  We are now open every Monday from 8 am - 3pm.

Market: We will be at the first Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday, May 1 (4:30-6:30).

Menu: Our new summer menu has more choices than ever before.  Come on in and try them all!

Mother's Day: We would love to have you join us for brunch on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 as we take a moment to appreciate all those wonderful mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, friends and others who have shared their love and wisdom with us.

Saluda Art Festival: Enjoy the day and join us for lunch!  We will be open at the Bake Shop and will also have a tent conveniently located right at the cross walk over the railroad tracks so you can refresh, renew and refuel...then continue shopping the great art booths from one end of town to the other!

Wildflour Bakery Website:  It was time to Spring Clean and Abe has completely updated our website.  Please check it out and watch as it continues to grow and expand.


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


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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May 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. 

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


Meanwhile is available for birthday parties, meetings and other private events. Call us for details. Shop local and support locally owned businesses and products!


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 Random Arts & Apparel  

NOT just crafts . . .or art classes ... or supplies....So much more and all it takes is a few minutes to stop in and you'll be pleasantly surprised!


Random Arts is located at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone just outside of the downtown district. Although we spent 16 years in our downtown location, we find that this spot is much more friendly to our "all day parking" and our "destination" customers. We offer a wide range of creative workshops catering to every level of experience... each is in and of itself... "one of a kind" and ready for beginners or advanced students. Look for our colorful sign and pull right into our easy access and no limit parking.


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    



Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  Time to fix things, clean things up, and build those projects that you have been thinking about all winter.  Well, if those projects include any type of fencing repair, gate repair, or a new fence all together, please give Michael at Citadel Fence Repair a call at 828-817-5483.  I specialize in repairs, but am fully capable of building that gate, dog run, decorative or privacy fence, commercial or residential grade, and don't forget about my mobile welding service if you have something made of steel that is broken.  No job too small, and estimates are always free.  Located right here in Saluda and a member of the Saluda Business Association!  Why Replace It?  Repair It!   

Michael Nelson

Citadel Fence Repair




macon bank

Spring Fever got you in a remodeling mood?

Spring is here! Warmer weather and longer daylight makes this a great time to tackle outside projects. Maybe it's time to do some serious landscaping. Or, maybe you're thinking new windows and siding?


Whatever you've got the fever to do, we're ready to help you find a loan that will meet your needs and fit your budget.

  • Fixed and Adjustable Loans
  • Loan Term and Down Payment Options
  • First Time Buyer Loans
  • Cash Out Refinancing
  • Home Equity Loans

Get more information by visiting our Saluda office conveniently located at 108 East Main Street. Or, you are welcome to visit any of the bank's 11 offices or go online at Full details, including rates, terms and disclosures are available at any Macon Bank office.


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  

Saluda Faces
Eva McCray

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   


Things seem to get the artist's touch around Eva McCray's house near Saluda, including a wall in her pottery studio made from repurposed wine bottles.


"We were building the studio last year," she said, "and I thought it would be nice to have a wall made from bottles--with a design that allows the light to pass through from the outside. So, I stopped by the Tuesday morning recycle pick up and asked the guy if I could bring a couple of boxes and if they would save the wine bottles for me. It was after Labor Day weekend," she said, smiling, "and there were a lot of wine bottles."


Eva was pleased with the way the wall turned out in the studio, her workplace where she turns clay into art--functional pieces including a variety of bowls, mugs and jugs, many of which are displayed as art.


"My specialty is putting faces on mugs," Eva said, explaining that it's not the 'ugly mug' kind of pottery." She said customers provide her with the picture of a friend or family member, and she sculpts the faces onto a pot or mug for them to give as a gift. "It's one of my most popular items," she said. "All my work starts out on the pottery wheel," she explained. She has also added a collection of jugs that look like roosters and hens which has become popular with her customers. "I add the neck, beak and tail feathers before the jugs dry. They look like chickens, but they're still jugs."


Although she has had retail pottery shops in Saluda, Eva said she now concentrates on her studio work and traveling to nearly a dozen arts and craft shows around the region each year. That approach seems to work best for her, she said.


Eva comes from an artistic family south of Erie, Pennsylvania--a dad who was a woodworker and a mother who made and painted porcelain dolls--"pouring and firing them and painting the faces. When she finished, they were just perfect." Her dad ran a hardware store, so there was a practical side to what she learned as well. "My dad taught me a lot." She has also worked in the food service industry, insurance sales, had an upholstery shop, and worked as a production potter. "I became a jack-of-all-trades," she said.


Eva has also made specialty items for businesses and has done a mug for Saluda's annual Coon Dog Day as well. She will have a booth at the Saluda Arts Festival next month, offering a number of her pieces for sale.


"I look forward to the arts festival," she said. "It will give us a chance to see a lot of our friends here in Saluda."


With their children having moved to Charlotte, NC, the McCray's decided to move south, but it had to be a place with a cool climate.


"We didn't know a soul in Saluda," Eva said. "We happened to be here having breakfast at Ward's Grill one morning--perfect strangers--and and the future mayor was kind enough to get up and pour coffee for us. If someone would do something like that for someone they didn't even know, then we knew we'd like this place."


The move to Saluda has paid off in many ways, Eva said, particularly bringing her family closer together. "Now the grandkids are really fun," she said, adding with a twinkle in her eye, "Now I'm even a great-grandmother."


By Ken Webb

Author of "Mr. Carter's Sword" 


Note: You can see more of Eva's work on Facebook or visit her website.   

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

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/Fun Walk" 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 Free Event 

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


"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.  


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

Childhood in Saluda
by Clark Thompson


Steam Power over Saluda

By far, some of my fondest memories as a youngster growing up in Saluda revolved around steam-powered trains. One persistent fantasy involved hoboing across the country. Back then, such activities were somewhat less dangerous than now. Unfortunately, the closest I ever got to fulfilling those dreams was by occasionally hopping freights down to Melrose or up to Hendersonville along with a buddy or two. I imagined the life of a locomotive engineer or brakeman to be very exciting because they had mastered the art of controlling monstrous assemblies of rolling stock tethered only by iron-knuckled couplings. Being a cowboy took second place.


Prior to arrival of the more powerful diesel locomotives in the early '50s, hauling freight over Saluda Grade was an arduous, costly, and very time-consuming task. The less powerful steam locomotives first had to stop at Melrose and split the train into manageable sections before attempting their assault on the mountain.


This downtime could also be used to take on a fresh supply of water from an overhead tank in order to ensure a sufficient supply of steam. Depending on the length as well as total tonnage involved, the trains were first split into two or three sections, a process referred to as double-heading or triple-heading. A helper engine was kept sitting on a side track in Saluda with a charge of steam so it could back down the mountain and either hook onto the other front engines pulling the train or be used as a pusher. Once each section was brought up the mountain and set aside in Saluda, the engines would go back down and repeat the process.


Before these same coal-fired locomotives could haul freight down the mountain to Melrose, they first had to stop in downtown Saluda with the engines resting slightly down the incline in order to maintain tension on all of the draw-heads. This procedure eliminated any slack in the train and prevented the breakage of couplings whenever movement began once more.  


As soon as the train was brought to a complete stop in Saluda, a brakeman would start from the caboose and walk along the top of each boxcar while manually turning a locking wheel to set the brake pads against the rolling wheels. For very lengthy trains a second person, usually the fireman, would start the same process from the front of the train. It was common for these trains to block the Greenville Street intersection for an hour or more several times each day.


With brakes set and air pressure reading normal, the train would slowly begin to ease down the mountain while hopefully maintaining a very slow speed. Ahead were a couple of small section houses alongside the rails which marked the location of two safety tracks. Inside sat a switchman whose sole job was to listen for a certain signal from an eastbound freight's whistle letting him know that the oncoming behemoth was still under speed control. Only then would he step out of the tiny shelter and manually throw the safety switch which allowed the train to continue down the mountain rather than being diverted onto a sand-covered safety track. Once in Melrose the crew members again had to walk the length of the train to release the brake pads.


Long before reaching the bottom of the incline, the constantly engaged brake pads would become so hot that clouds of smoke drifted up around the freight cars while incessant screeching sounds echoed off the surrounding hills. Occasionally one of the cars would develop a "hot box" when an axle bearing became overheated and sparks would set fire to nearby vegetation. When this happened there was plenty of time for the fire to get a head start before tools, equipment, and crews could be brought to bear.


I recall one afternoon fire that soared up the very steep side of Warrior Mountain. Soon a representative of Southern Railway came to our high school seeking manpower. His offer to pay 50 cents per hour was more than sufficient to entice a number of male students including myself to volunteer. It was in the wee hours of the morning before the fire was finally brought under control.


Once in a while, some of the older and more mischievous male teenagers thought it funny to grease a section of track and stall a struggling west bound freight. Raymond Stephenson's service station and garage was the ideal location for clandestine pilfering of small quantities of 90-pound grease. The prank involved applying the grease to a couple of hundred feet of rail which caused the laboring front locomotives to lose traction. The first engines affected would quickly begin spitting sand from pipes located in front of the driver wheels in an effort to regain traction. As surely as sunrise, it wouldn't be long before railroad detectives would be at the school; however, I never remember anyone getting caught.


Several times area law enforcement agencies had reason to believe that criminals or suspected criminals had selected a freight train as their preferred mode of transportation for getting out of the area. By the time the train made its mandatory stop in Saluda, railroad detectives would be waiting to conduct a thorough search of all unlocked box cars. Again, I don't remember anyone ever being least not in my presence.

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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