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

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Annual Calendar of Events
Dates to Remember
Saluda Historic Home Tour
Saluda Preview Museum
Summer Bikers
Brown Bag
Saluda Yard Sales
Saluda Tailgate
Baisden Honored
City Notes
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
Historic Saluda
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Top of the Grade Concerts
Saluda Arts Festival
Jamesons' Exhibit at Depot
Shagging on Saluda
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Faces
Coon Dog Day
WNC Tennis
Summer Tracks
Tryon Arts
Childhood in Saluda
Friendly Chatter
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Spring Flowers Blooming Calendar

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty
Your Home Town Advantage  
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!  


A RARE FIND! 37.67 acres with over 900 feet on the Green River, 5 acre pasture and 2 acre pasture with many more possibilities. One can hear the river from the red brick fixer upper. Only 10 minutes to the Tryon International Equestrian Center. MLS#585053, offered at $470,875



Very private 30+ acres adjoining the Green River Gamelands. Possible panoramic views of the Green River Gorge area. Very nice single wide with upgraded kitchen with silestone counters and Kraftmaid cabinets great to live in and/ or rent while building your dream mountain home. MLS#585362 $222,800


12 beautiful acres adjoining NC Gamelands. Over 100 ft on the Green River, spend lazy days fishing & boating. Nice double wide home with large area for pasture area. MLS#584347, $154,700     

Mini farm with brick rancher on 4+ acres with gardening and existing pens for goats and chickens. Large heated building serves as office or storage for farm equipment. 3BR, 1.5BA, MLS#583706, Offered at $225,000

Private and secluded mountain retreat overlooking high mountain range above Lake Sheila. Surrounded by the preserved and protected Greenville Watershed, this mountain home includes 2 stone fireplaces, decks, stone walls, hardwood floors, and ceiling beams. Guest bedrooms with private walk out. Privileges to use 28-acre private Lake Sheila. 4BR, 4BA, approx.1.25 ac MLS#583299, offered at $395,000


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


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 Featured in May issue of Foothills Magazine.

Completely private mountain getaway with magical ambiance. Listen to neighboring waterfall, & take in mountain view. A tiny home ahead of its time. Use it as full time residence or guest house & build your dream home on adjoining 3.62 acre lot with amazing view. Located 3 minutes from Historic Saluda with easy access to hike, bike & fish on the Pacolet River. Come experience the possibility. MLS# 585769 $135,800.  

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   

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Home Listings 

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

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land


Mountain Vista

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

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

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


Lake Lots

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

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

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

$80,000, MLS#484526

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

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

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

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

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

NEW!2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 


Saluda City Lots

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

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

NEW!.56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000 


 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  

NEW!1.65 Ac views,adj NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643  


View Lots

2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS#558806 $80,000

REDUCED! See all the way to the ocean! 3 ac, MLS#561322 $69,000

.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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 (Please contact property owners directly.) 
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Saluda Real Estate Market
Saluda Service Directory
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Annual Calendar of Events


Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

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.

Saluda United Methodist Church's Turkey Dinner; Saturday, November 14, 2015.


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

Dates to Remember

Saluda Downtown Foundation meets Tuesday, June 2 at 10am at the Saluda Library. 


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


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


Saluda Tour or Historic Homes & Places, June 6, 1pm - 5pm. 


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, June 12 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, June 12, 7pm to 9 pm. Rain or shine....move to Pavilion if rain.

Shagging on Saluda, Back Alley Barn, June 13, 6pm-10pm.

Women's Club
meets June 9 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, June 18, 6pm at the Saluda Center.  

Saluda Garden Club will meet June 15 at 10am at Spring Park.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, June 29 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.

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


Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7:00PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.  


Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.   


Polk County Extension Club  

The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.
Saluda Lifestyles Anniversay

happy anniversary Saluda Lifestyles is celebrating its 9th anniversary and its 174th edition.  Thanks to all the loyal readers, and sponsors that make it possible to produce a printed version for the community.   Because of you, the newsletter has grown exponentially since the first edition in June, 2006.  Click here to view the first Saluda Lifestyles. 

Historic Saluda Home & Places Tour
June 6, 1-5pm

The Historic Saluda Committee invites you to come and explore some of the oldest homes and places in Saluda from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

Tickets are $20 and are currently on sale at several Saluda businesses, including Saluda City Hall, and will be available on the day of the tour. All proceeds will go to the Save the Saluda Depot project where the Historic Saluda Committee plans to have a museum featuring the train and the history of the tracks of Saluda Grade, the steepest single gauge railway in the United States. The museum will also showcase the rich and interesting history of Saluda.


This is a walking tour of about a half mile in the Columbia Heights section of Saluda, so named because many of the original residents lived in Columbia, SC in the winter and summered in Saluda. Golf carts with drivers will be available for any who would like assistance. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be aware that there are stairs in most of the older homes.


The Saluda Historic Depot will be open to the public and all are invited to either start or end the tour from this location in the historic downtown district. Tickets will be on sale at the Depot as well as at the beginning location of the tour, the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, located 2 blocks off Main Street at 72 Charles Street. Parking will be available there and docents will be on hand to give you a tour and the history of the church which was first occupied in 1889.


A block up from the church, the first house on tour will be a house on Charles Street which was once part of the Fairview Inn and built around 1896; though renovated, it still holds the country charm of Saluda. Folks will then walk to the end of Charles St. and visit Sunflower Cottage, constructed around 1885. Around the corner on Chisholm Street is the third home, which is Sacsme Hall, built in 1895. Across the street from here, visitors will tour the Blue Summer House built in 1890. Two more homes both beside and across from the Blue Summer House are Stoney Lodge and White Pines, both homes built in the 1890s. As an extra treat, take time to tour the gardens of Stoney Lodge, which was selected by the Smithsonian to be included in their Archives of American Gardens. From here, folks will walk back to their cars and are invited to stop by the depot and have light refreshments.  


The Historic Saluda Tour of Homes and Places is chaired this year by Sandie Bright, whose home White Pines is on the tour. The Historic Saluda Committee was formed by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve the historical integrity of the town. The grassroots effort spawned interest from Saluda City officials, and in June 2010, the Saluda City Commissioners voted to make the committee an advisory committee to the city and committee members were appointed. The HSC meets on the second Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library. The public is welcome. For more information go to, email or call the City of Saluda at 828-749-2581.

Saluda Historic Depot Preview Museum
The Saluda Historic Depot will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm throughout the summer.

Volunteers Who May Have An Interest
If you would like to volunteer to cover the museum hours, please email
Summer Bikers in Saluda

bikers Saluda is a favorite destination for bicyclists and motorists alike, and June is the perfect time to ride and drive.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other, whether you're on a bike or in a car.  Motorists, click HERE for some tips on how to make the roads safer for everyone.  Cyclists, click HERE for tips to make your trip a little bit safer.  

Brown Bag 

Supplemental emergency bags of groceries will continue to be distributed at Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda, to anyone in need. Distribution takes place on the third Friday of the month. The upcoming date is June 19.   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 at 828-749-9740.

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 Tailgate Market

May -October Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm 


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 summer. Make your shopping list and plan to pick up some starter plants for your own gardens.  


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.

Commissioners Honor Baisden

Saluda City Commissioners, Morgan, Ashburn and Cass were present at the Saluda Memorial Day Ceremony to present Mayor Fred Baisden with a certificate of appreciation from all the Commissioners for all he has done to make the Saluda Memorial Park a reality for Saluda Veterans and citizens.  Most recently, three permanent flag poles have been erected to fly the flag of the United States of America, the N.C. state flag and a U.S. Military flag, which pictures all branches of the U.S. Military. In addition, Fred purchases and places 130 American flags for Saluda Veterans buried in the Saluda City Cemetery each year and makes the annual update reports to the military for the canon in the park.


Photo by Chuck Hearon.


Submitted by Carolyn Ashburn  

CityCity Notes



City of Saluda

The Board Of Commissioners and Zoning Administrator Jon Cannon will hold a public hearing in the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Library preceding the regular board of commissioners meeting on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this public hearing is to discuss the proposed sign ordinance.


Also, the upcoming meetings for June 2015 are as follows:


Saluda Downtown Foundation - will meet Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. 

Board of Commissioners - will meet Monday, June 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Parks Committee - will meet Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Planning Board - will meet Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

Historic Committee - will meet Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


All meetings will be held in the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Library unless otherwise stated. 


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  

Save these dates for future fund raising events for Pace Park:

Antique & Vintage Show; Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cruise-In Car Show; Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Harvest Festival; Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saluda Railroad Day; Saturday, November 7, 2015


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Stay Informed - Get on a List!
Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email Cindy Hemenway at and ask to be placed on the email list.
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!

All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)  Click here to download the Saluda Center June 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., June 4 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she's written a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together they endure the agony of foot binding and reflect upon their arranged marriages, their loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace in their friendship, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their relationship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a captivating journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. Now in a deluxe paperback edition complete with an expanded Random House Reader's Circle guide and an exclusive conversation between Lisa See and her mother, fellow writer Carolyn See, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel is, as the Seattle Times says, "a beautifully drawn portrait of female friendship and power."

Saluda single women potluck dinner will be on Thurs., June 18. Please plan to attend.

Community potluck
and bingo, Mon., June 29 at 6:00 pm. 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

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-up. 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
'Mindful Flow'
is being offered this summer at Isothermal Community College taught by Jo Rytter, a Certified Kripalu Movement Instructor. There are 6 sessions to choose from and they are listed on pg. 19 of the catalogue. Stop by the college to get a catalogue or call 828-894-3092.  Each session is 6 weeks and costs $30 ($5/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.  'Mindful Flow' is set to beautiful meditative music which helps the mind as well as the body relax.  Bring a yoga mat; a blanket is optional.

Below are the session numbers if you do not have access to a catalogue:

#40804 Monday, June 1-July 6

#40808 Monday, July 13 - August 17

#40811 Monday August 24 - Oct 5 (no class Sept 7.)

#40807 Friday May 29 - July 10, (no class July 3)

#40809 Friday July 17 - Aug 21

#40810 Friday Aug 28 - Oct. 2


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 June 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


Please note, June 7 is a change from what is listed in the "Walks" brochure, going to the Missing 40 is correct and there will be a covered dish afterward, bring something to share.

June 7 - Pacolet Street, Saluda to Missing 40 Loop is a moderate to strenuous one and one half miles with two river crossings.  Mary Jo will lead the walk from her home down to Old Pacolet Street and then join the Missing 40 trail for a loop.  Covered dish social follows.  Voted the "Best Walk of 2014!"

June 21 - Father's Day

This walk will depend upon sign-ups and the destination will be announced.



Join us for the opportunity to care for our local environment and show your pride for our beautiful mountain city.  June 8, 9 AM - 11 AM. Inclement weather date is the following Monday, the 15th. All supplies will be provided; just bring a friend. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 9am to pick up supplies and figure out which area along 176 that you and your partner will "de-litter."


Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is again available for your birthday parties, graduations, weddings and the like. Donations are appreciated. Twin Lakes is a conservation property of the Saluda Community Land Trust. For more information or to reserve it for a private function, please contact Holly Wilkes at


Moody Property

What is it and where is it? Come join the fun and find out.  Volunteer work/play days are the 2nd and the 4th Tuesdays and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Meet at 10am at the property, located at the new driveway off 176 toward Hendersonville. Bring a sack lunch. John Savage is heading up the Moody workdays. Contact him at or 828-749-3906 or his cell 828-545-3632.


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. 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 tour the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge on historic 1925 Rocky Broad River Bridge. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, Friends of Lake Lure Flowering Bridge created gardens on the bridge (155 feet) and along pathways at both ends. Emphasis is on native plants. Please meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15. We will carpool to Lake Lure with lunch following the tour.

The public is always welcome to attend any of our events.   If you are interested in joining or would like to attend meetings and/or special events, please contact Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.


Some events may be cancelled or rescheduled.  We try to give advance notice, but inclement weather or scheduling difficulties may occur.  You may confirm meetings and events with Patty Martin 828-817-9518.

Tree City USA-Saluda

We now are designated officially by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA-one of almost 4,000 in the United States. We are proud to have earned this honor and are eager to proceed with work toward achieving the many worthwhile goals to keep our Saluda community green, healthy and beautiful.



Our chairman, Don Clapp states that the main focus of activity will be replacing the dead or dying Norway maples along the Main Street sidewalk. Many months of research by the Tree board have gone into determining possible species.


Among the characteristics to consider are size (height not to exceed 23'), safety (root system, sturdy limbs), low maintenance, minimal attraction for insects/birds, non-obstructive visibility, shade producing for summer, attractiveness year round, and adaptability.


Public input will be appreciated as we proceed.


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


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson  

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

An article from the National Wildlife Federation magazine exemplifies the interrelationship of all in nature - plants and animals - even trees and butterflies.


The spring issue of the publication informs us, "After passing the winter hunkered down on evergreens in central Mexico or coastal California, monarch butterflies are on the move again this spring."


Now seeking cooler climates, they relish spring and summer nectar that they find in blooming plants, many right here in our yards and area.


The monarch butterfly is a favorite in gardens, easy to distinguish in its bright orange with black markings. The wing tips are covered with light colored dots against a black background. They carry pollen from bloom to bloom helping to produce seeds and fruit.


The monarch is remarkable because of its ability to fly many miles, crossing the continent from Canada to central Mexico and southern California seasonally. Sometimes, masses can be seen flying thousands of miles like a colorful cloud, from the evergreen trees of Canada in the north to the nectar producing blooms to the southern US and back again.


Unfortunately, the numbers of monarchs have been decreasing drastically during the past 20 years or more. Eventually, they may become extinct.


How can we help? Milkweed seeds can be obtained to plant by individuals, groups and/or organizations. The loss of the milkweed plant, one of the monarch's main food sources, is the major reason. Gardeners are urged to plant milkweed and other nectar producing plants to attract these butterflies.


Seeds may be obtained from some seed catalogs.


This information contributed by a member of the Saluda Tree Preservation Association. (Not Ruthie.) Call Miss Ruth with questions.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson    

Free Milkweed Seeds can be obtained from 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina.  The Mission Statement for this club is "The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community, support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders."  To this end, we want to thank all who helped us raise money for our scholarship fund by supporting our hot dog booth at the Saluda Arts Festival on May 16.  All ladies, young and old, are invited to join us for fun and fellowship.

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


The Women's Club of Saluda is a service/social organization dedicated to helping Saluda become an even better place to live. Our members are year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have fun along the way.  Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students. In addition, we support the Saluda School, the Fire Department, the Medical Center, the Public Library, the Saluda Center, Autumn Care Nursing Home and the Historic Committee Oral History Project --all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.
Historic Saluda




Official Release of Images of America: Saluda

Friday Evening, June 19th, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Be one of the first to get a copy! You are invited to join us on Friday, June 19 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Saluda Historic Depot for the official release of Images of America: Saluda. 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.


Historic Saluda Tour of Homes and Places

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. All proceeds go to Save the Saluda Depot project. More details in this edition of Saluda Lifestyles.


Oral History Film Project Continues

The HSC continues to work with the Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) to film and produce the second oral history DVD, Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions. A special thank you goes out to Susan Casey and Stoney Lamar from the Purple Onion for their recent participation. Not only did they participate in an interview, but allowed PCFI to film the band Tellico, which is a part of Asheville's thriving roots scene, during an evening performance. PCFI also filmed during the recent Saluda Arts Festival, taking time to interview Cathy Jackson about her role in making the festival a reality. Thanks Cathy! Susan, Stoney and Cathy were featured due to their part in bringing about Saluda's modern day musical traditions. 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 have spun off from roots of the folk music that influenced Saluda's musical tastes yesterday and today. This film, to be released in the fall of 2015, 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).


See Preview Museum in Historic Depot

The Historic Saluda Committee is a partner in the initiative to purchase and develop the Saluda train depot and is working with the Saluda Historic Depot board to open a historical museum. The HSC has been granted a secure space in the Saluda Public Library to store historical documents and artifacts. Donations of originals or copies of vintage photographs, historical artifacts, documents, deeds, art, books, quilts, antiques, train memorabilia or other relevant items of historic interest that are in good condition are being accepted. If you 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 and we will gladly pick up donated items or will arrange to meet you so that we can scan your photographs. Go to for more information or visit Save the Historic Saluda Depot on Facebook.


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, June 12, 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 Stephenson Tuttle, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School June Events 

June 1        Jen Pace to present/promote Saluda Community Library's summer reading program

June 2        EOG ELA TESTING for Grades 3-5

June 3        EOG MATH TESTING for Grades 3-5

June 4        NCFE SCIENCE TESTING for Grade 4

June 4        EOG SCIENCE TESTING for Grade 5

June 8        School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

June 11        Last Day of School (Half Day for Students)

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

June 11        Report Cards

June 12        Required Teacher Workday

June 15-29  Summer School

June 15       Required Teacher Workday

June 25-29    Summer School EOG Testing for Grades 3-5

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


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     


Principal, Ronette Dill   


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


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



Keeping Saluda School Kids Safe 

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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


Saluda Community Library: Grades PreK-5
Wednesday mornings


Summer Reading starts June 10. Sign up at the library for a reading log and goodies.  Earn prizes for reading throughout the summer! *For events that require registration, contact Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at or 828-894-8721 x227.*


Special Tuesday afternoon kick-off event!
June 16, 2pm: Super Snakes & Slimy Salamanders with Chimney Rock

Come meet and learn about snakes and salamanders with rangers from Chimney Rock State Park.

June 24, 11am: Cartooning Workshop with Steve Barr

Learn how to draw cartoons with local author/illustrator Steve Barr! Check out his books at the library and learn more at


*Registration required; space is limited.*



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 

The Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson, rector 

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 

Need Help?

Pet Sitting-Child Care-Party Helpers-House Sitting.  Please contact Tressa and Aleena Rush in Saluda, NC 704-591-9232 (c), 704-365-4282 (h).  


House for Rent

Need a home for yourself and your pet? Feathered Nest Properties has a 1000 sq ft single family home located in Tryon, within walking distance to downtown. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms with one full and one half bath, laminate floors, central air/heat, washer/dryer, refrigerator, microwave, oven/range for $875. Short term lease considered. Call Peggy 828-749-3276.  

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. 

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 828-284-4811 or 828-284-5660.

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.

Lillian Lindsey Kitchen, 61, Saluda died Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Summertime in Saluda
An early morning fog lifts from the lush valley floor eclipsed by the rising sun and replaced with Carolina blue skies. Late evening storms bring fresh, clean mornings with dewy lawns and wispy cirrus clouds promising a sunny day.


Blooming native azaleas, rhododendron, and mountain laurel fill mountain sides shaded by tall verdant canopies of poplar, oak, maple, and pine trees. Soon daylilies and hydrangeas will bloom and you will know it's June. 


Main Street in Saluda is bountiful, too. Containers and planters pepper the sidewalks with colorful flowers and cascading vines. 


As schools close, the town will see more visitors as summer camps start up and vacationers visit the mountains for outdoor adventures. Some are lured here to enjoy the mountain vistas and cool mountain breezes.


We will see more bikers in town. Groups of bicyclists and motorcyclists will be winding around mountain curves. Be sure to share the road with them and practice road safety. After all, everything is a little slower around here so slowing down a little to give them room is a natural way to be in Saluda.


Celebrate Father's Day and the first day of summer solstice on the same day this year, June 21. Surprise your dad with a trip zipping The Gorge Zipline, a kayak tour down the Green River, a unique gift from one of Saluda's shops or galleries, a delicious meal at one of Saluda's restaurants, or just treat him to an ice cream and bench sitting on Main Street.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in June





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


Live Music in June             

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


It is summertime and the café will be full of jazz and blues all month long. You're welcome!


June 4 - Calvin Edwards Trio 

Calvin returns with his trio to fill the café with his exciting style of blues and jazz.


June 6 - Gigi Dover & Big Love 

Nothing more to say about them and their music because we know that you will be there.


June 7 - The Honeycutters (Sunday Concert) - More Info Below


June 11 - Red Hot Sugar Babies 

Sassy jazz and sultry blues of roaring 20's-30's.


June 13 - Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore 

Remarkable duo returns with their organic blues and soul music.


June 18 - One Leg Up 

Reminds us all of the great music of Django Reinhart but reimagined.


June 20 - Lazybirds  

"A good variety of blues, jazz and that good old ragtime sound...If you want some good music, have these guys come and play for you." Doc Watson


June 25 - Mare Wakefield & Nomad 

"Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one."


June 27 - The Deluge 

A whirling dervish of a band that possesses tons of kinetic energy in their live shows returns.


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

The Green River Brew Depot will celebrate Father's Day on June 21 with "a bring your meat BBQ." We will provide some side dishes. So celebrate your Dad our way from 3pm-8pm, June 21.   


Summer 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! On Tuesday, June 9, 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

Music is perfect to enjoy while dining, and it keeps even the youngest enthralled! It 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



Unfortunately, the LAST Blue Ridge Contra Dance!

We have tried so but we have not been able to gather enough support to continue our contra dances. It is just not feasible despite years of help from our friends in Saluda like the Party Place and Event Center. They have worked hard with us and that is the only way we have been able to last this long. And our guest musicians and callers have done the same. And our entire board, Judy Thompson, Alan Dillman, Ben Coonrod, Linda Whitaker and Mary Ann Hester, wish to thank those who have come to the dances in Saluda.


So please come enjoy one more dance with us at our favorite spot, the Party Place and Event Center. In June our caller is Jennie Wakefield, always a crowd favorite! She will be accompanied by the Kudzoo band with Roger Gold, Jeff Hersk, Fred Stoll and Pam Stoll, promising a rocking contra good time!


Lessons start at 7:30 with dancing from 7:30 to 10:30. If you are new to contra, please come for the lesson as it will make your experience even more fun! Remember you do not have to bring a partner!


The admission for Blue Ridge Contra is $9 for adults $5 for students and those under 18. And yes, some of our younger dancers are great! We also have specials. Ask about them when you check in. For example, if you bring two new dancers you get in free


Thanks and we will miss all those who supported us through the years!  


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

Thank you to all who came to our Spring Concert on May 16 and your support for our dancers.  We are very pleased with our performance and our students' progress during the academic year.  Congratulations to Bret Snider, who was inducted following our Spring Concert into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) at the junior level.  She joins Zoe Parsons and Willow Arkell who were previously inducted at the junior level of this program of the National Dance Education Organization.


The Dancer's Extension is pleased to offer programs to dancers of all ages this summer!  Choreography workshop (ages 6 and up), ballet technique (ages 10 and up), dance camps (ages 3-10) and adult classes will fill our summer schedule.  


Registration for the 2015-2016 academic year is now open.  Classes are offered in introductory ballet/creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary, pointe, adult beginner ballet and Hot Pop! dance fitness.  Classes for the 2015-2016 year will begin on Tuesday, September 8.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.  Space is limited and spots are filled on a first come-first serve basis. 


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  

We were in a near-by town recently and overheard two ladies on a downtown street conversing. One of them mentioned the Old Chicken House. They were sitting at a sidewalk café sipping tea.  


One, whose name was Jasmin said,

(Jasmin) You know, Petunia; I heard the other day that the Hen's Nest, a thrift shop inside the Old Chicken House, had some wonderful new items come in. We really should go see.

(Petunia) What do you mean, Jasmin? The Hen's Nest in the Old Chicken House? Is it on a farm?

(Jasmin) No, Petunia, it's really a huge building that operated years ago as a chicken house-a business for raising and selling chickens. The business ended after just a few years. The building stood vacant until a lady bought the property and turned the building into studio spaces for creative people, mostly artists and crafters. About two years ago, a vacant space became a special kind of shop-like an indoor yard sale but more interesting.

(Petunia) Is it just a lot of junk?

(Jasmin) Absolutely not! You'll be surprised.

(Petunia) You've aroused my curiosity! Let's go see it. Is it on Main Street?

(Jasmin) No, it's in a rural area but only one mile from Main Street.

(Petunia) Is it expensive even though it's like a thrift shop? The items sound like they have character.

(Jasmin) Many items are under $5; the more valuable are higher priced.

(Petunia) Well, come on let's go!


Note: Studio spaces are in use by artists, a sculptor, a glass artist, wreath maker and "woodsies" made from natural materials from Saluda Mountain.


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street). We are open 11-6, Fri-Sat (weather permitting), and other days/times by request.  Phone 828-749-9718 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at


Jim Carson Invited To Join Pap-Se

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has recently been invited to become a member of Plein Air Painters of the South East (PAP-SE).


Pap-se was founded in 2001, by Dee Beard Dean, along with a handful of fellow painters in order to facilitate, promote, and maintain the highest professional standards in the specific area of plein air painting. It also provides a way to showcase the ongoing works of these notable southern artists and includes some of the best and most talented contemporary painters in the world.


Pap-se is a juried organization, limited to 40 artists, and adds only a few new members every year. Pap-se members must be full time professional artists, have residence in the Southeastern U.S., have "outstanding talent and high quality work, professional recognition and national status, and a definitive plein air presence."  


Tryon artist, Rich Nelson is also an existing member of Pap-se. To learn more about the history, membership, and events of Pap-se, visit


Jim's next Saluda workshop will be Oct. 22-24. For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702,, or visit


Bonnie Bardos

For the month of June, Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos will have "Open Studio Saturdays" from 1-3 p.m. at the Art House, 285 Greenville Street, other times available by appointment. If you are interested in painting lessons in any media or learning how to create art from recyclables and more, individual times can be arranged.


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

Top of the Grade Concerts 2015



Top of the Grade Concerts, taking place at the Top of the Grade Park in McCreery Park, located in downtown historic Saluda, started the season with a huge turnout to hear the "rollicking rockabilly swing" by Miss Tess and the Talkbacks.   


June 12, your favorite dancing band, Sound Investment, will return to Top of the Grade playing beach and classic rock sounds loved by all ages and a favorite band for those who like to shag, twist, swing, or just like to listen. 


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 and 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

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.


This year, Top of the Grade Concerts are being produced and coordinated by Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. 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.)   

Picture Perfect Day
12th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

A picture perfect day greeted over 95 artists as they set up along Main Street in Saluda for the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival. Within hours after opening, the town was filled with guests and local Saludians who browsed artist's booths and listened to a variety of regional music. A dedicated team of volunteers give their time and energy to make this festival better every year.  The Saluda Business Association expresses heartfelt appreciation to the following organizations, volunteers and sponsors.   



Thanks to the following organizations that we depend on each year for their support to the Saluda Arts Festival by providing assistance, supplies and equipment, exhibit booth space, golf carts for shuttling visitors, and parking: Affordable Golf Carts, First Baptist Church, Saluda Methodist Church, Saluda Presbyterian Church, City of Saluda, Saluda Police Department, Saluda Fire Department, Saluda Elementary School, Saluda Center, Saluda Branch of US Post Office, Green River Adventures, The Purple Onion, Wildflour Bakery, Don Mintz, and Macon Bank.



Alex Miller

Ann Dudley

Anthony Marino

Barb Gianelli

Barbara Cardais*

Beth Carson*

Beth Harris

Brandon Price

Bruce Hunt

Carolyn Ashburn

Catherine Ross*

Cathy Jackson*

Cissy Thompson

Connie Scicluna

Dee Siwek

Denise Kennedy

Don Clapp 

Donna Humphries

Frank McNutt

Herb Humphries

Howard Troxler

Jaine Nelson

Jason Smith*

Jerry Cole

John Savage

Karli Wood

Katie Marley

Katrina Thissen

Kay Garell

Lin Savage

Lynn Casey

Marc Blazar

Marcus Robinson

Mary Ann Hester

Mary Jo Wannamaker

Max McGinnas

Michael Nelson

Michael Boles

Neill Bultman

Nora Parks

Patricia Corrigan

Patrick Stimac

Patti Brown

Patty Martin*

Robin Woods

Ruth Burnett

Scott Cardais 

Susie Welsh*

Susan Olivari

Tayloe Francisco

Tierse Nelson

Wendy Hamil

Willow Arkel

Zoe Jackson

Zoe Parsons


*CORE Team-(Creative, Organized, Responsible, Energetic). This is the "core" group that starts planning and organizing the festival starting in January every year.



We gratefully acknowledge sponsors who provide the funds to enrich the quality of the arts festival each year.  They are:



Affordable Golf Carts, 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, Embroidme, Essential Elements and Bodywork, Feagan Law Firm, Green River BBQ, Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot, Kenneth M. Dennis, Lynn and Mike Cass, Mary Jane and David LaFave, Salamander, Saluda Tailgate Market



Flat Rock Cinema, Lesesne & Gene Dickson, Patty Martin, Rhonda Corley, Sassafras, The Dancer's Extension


Music and Entertainment

The music and entertainment for the Saluda Arts Festival is funded through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund.  This grant is key to bringing festival goers an outstanding caliber of performing artists.


Thanks to the musicians for performing and entertaining music lovers: the Hummingtree Band, Sound Investment, Hog Town Squealers, Saluda Grade String Band, and Deb and Irv Camacho from Saluda. 


Balloon artist Stephanie Miles thrilled children with her balloon art, and festival goers, looking up, were enthralled by the beautiful stilt walker, Ananda (Heather Springsteen).


Children's Art Tent 

Children had fun exploring their own creativity by drawing, decorating hats, mural painting, and more. Painted faces of children waiting for the balloon artists to create a favorite figure was a constant scene.    


See More...  

We invite you to click here to enjoy photos of the 2015 annual Saluda Arts Festival. (Just close the sign up box and photos are available.)    


Special Thanks to....


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.


2016 Saluda Arts Festival will be Saturday, May 21.   


Visit to see a list of artists. 


Jamesons' Exhibit Opens at Saluda Historic Depot

Organizers of the Saluda Historic Depot will present artwork by William and Anne Jameson to benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts to purchase the train depot and future museum.


The exhibit will open Friday, June 6 with an opening reception at 6:30pm to 8:30pm and run through July 31, 2015. The Saluda Historic Depot is at 32 Main Street, Saluda, NC, 28773. The reception will follow the Saluda Historic Tour of Homes & Places which ends with a tour of the depot. 


"Anne and I are excited to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor to purchase the train depot and to see it used as a historic museum. As residents of Saluda, we feel exhibiting our work in our mountain hometown and donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of our artwork to the fundraising to be an excellent way to show our support," says Bill.   


About William Jameson  

Bill's passion for history and nature allow him to create introspective landscapes embodying the full range of local color and timeless contrasts, whether the setting captures the brilliant, warm colors heralding the arrival of fall in the North Carolina mountains or the rich Tuscan countryside dotted with cool blue/green olive fields in bloom among the red-earth shades of freshly upturned soil. Rejecting the term "scene" in reference to these works, Bill defines his landscapes as "explorations."


About Anne Jameson  

The architecture and daily activity of the charming towns and villages that dot the landscapes of Italy, France and Mexico have long fascinated Anne Lewis Jameson for her subject matter. She enjoys the architectural subjects particularly for the graphic design aspects of a composition, but also for the wonderful color, and she enjoys the opportunity for some interesting plays of light and shadow which can provide drama or 'mystery' to a painting.  


About the Depot 

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.  


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.

Shagging in Saluda
To Benefit the Saluda Depot

"Shagging in Saluda" will take place on 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 will be open from 3 pm to 8pm serving your favorite burgers, fries, and shake.


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.

Saluda Scoop

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


Kniticality (A note from Amy) 

My eyes find a cerulean skein in the stacks and fingers follow. In moments, the dread of tomorrow or yesterday melts into the braided hank of yarn now in my hands. Folks in the shop laugh, as do I, sipping coffee and casting on stitches to keep or give.


We create beautiful things together at Kniticality. Join us; you are welcome here.

June is for stashbusting! Register now for:


There & Back Again-a Kniticality Original

Learn how to join for a Mobius Twist and use multiple yarn strands
3 Thursday class sessions June 11, 18, 25

Little Cotton Rabbits (Boy)

Learn basic toymaking techniques, make another one of Julie Williams' cute knitted rabbits!

4 Tuesday class sessions June 9, 16, 23, 30


Gimli Slouch Hat

Learn to knit in the round, use circular and double-pointed needles, useful garment techniques

2 Wednesday class sessions June 17 & 24


Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf

Learn linen stitch, a slipped stitch pattern

3 Friday class sessions June 12, 19, 26


Moria Mitts-a special for first-time knitters!

The Moria Mitts are an excellent introductory project for brand-new knitters. Receive 50% off yarn from our Orphanage with you registration! Get off to a great start in knitting.

2 Wednesday class sessions June 17 & 24

Click here for more information. 


Online registration now open.


55 Robin Lane, Saluda NC 28773 | 828.749.3640


After years of creating his pieces and offering them through galleries and gift shops, local potter Doc Welty has opened a working studio and gallery in downtown Saluda. Functional ceramics from coffee cups to garden urns are displayed at the new location at 50 East Main Street. "The Pottery" will also offer the work of selected regional potters, as well as other crafts.


A wide variety of pieces are available at The Pottery, and custom orders for a unique item can be satisfied, also.  Later in the year, there are plans to open shows of area potters and their latest work. A limited number of lessons will also be offered in the fall.


A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, and Carolina Claymatters, Doc has been working in pottery for over thirty years and is excited to be part of the arts in Saluda where he can be found carrying on the Carolina pottery tradition one piece at a time.


The Pottery

50 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773 



Cabin Fever  

April certainly brought May flowers and the property is bursting with life. Love is in the air and we have hosted four weddings and two engagements on the property this month; we can only imagine that the summer has some magical memories in store. With June comes the Blue ghost firefly spectacle in DuPont State Forest, not to mention the rhododendron and mountain laurel bloom. Let Cabin Fever be your perfect cozy home as you explore our beautiful grounds complete with waterwheel, goldfish pond, and wonderful playground for the kids. Don't forget the hiking on property with waterfalls, spring water, hammocks, and the occasional wildlife spotting. Let's roast some marshmallows and relax in that mountain fresh air while we get back to having conversations with our kids and building lasting memories.  


Hope to see you soon, your devoted caretakers Eric and Dana.


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

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

Email: Visit us at or on


My second Saluda Art Festival in business, and what a wonderful day it was both for business and weatherwise! Many thanks to the SBA for all of their hard work and to all of the artists who made this festival another successful one!

To kick off the summer season, The Dressing
Room Etc. is going to offer a 15 % Discount on select name brand items - each week - throughout the Summer. Come in and look for the special 15 % off rack!


Visit our website to see our line of clothing.Like us on Facebook 


Looking forward, Irmy 


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

Tantastic Tanning 

(New bulbs!)

Now offering Jeuenesse skin care. Do you have acne? Black circles around your eyes? Dry skin? Oily skin? Or want a professional wrinkle serum that can save you hundreds of dollars instead of wasting your money on over the counter creams whose results don't even last! Our rejuvenating serum is: GMO free, hypoallergenic, and much more! It uses stem cell research to rebuild your skin cells. Everything we sell comes in a 3 month supply. Our serum is $135.00. For results in under 2 minutes...try our instantly ageless cream. 3 months is $75.00. No more black circles. No more puffiness! Also we offer face wash, moisturizers, and facials.


You can order directly from our website at

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

What an amazingly beautiful few weeks we've had and more fabulous Spring weather still to come. Our roses are in full bloom and adorning the view from our dining room along with the splendid sight of Gold Finch, Woodpeckers, Siskins, Chickadees and always Red Cardinals. The organic vegetable garden is growing well and we've been delighting our guests with wonderful strawberries picked daily. Nothing tastes so good. Our resident Raccoon (George Cooney) would readily agree. The Inn and Newman's Restaurant have been quite busy with weddings, rehearsal dinners, adventure seekers, equestrians, anniversaries, birthdays, and those just getting away from the hustle bustle of life to enjoy the beauty and serenity that abounds here on our lovely hilltop with it's cool gentle breezes.


Newman's Restaurant has been getting acclaim for it's fabulous, local, farm to table creative cuisine. We recently hosted a 5-course wine dinner for the Greenville Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which was simply awesome! The Chaine is an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950 but dating back to 1248. The Chaîne is based on the traditions and practices of the old Frenchroyal guild of goose roasters, whose authority gradually expanded to the roasting of all poultry, meat and game. It is dedicated to fine cuisine and promoting and developing the gastronomic values while at the same time widening its focus to table art. Bravo to our Executive Chef Marianne Blazar and Kudos to our Chef de Cuisine Stuart Partin for a very impressive display of what Newman's Restaurant is gaining a reputation for presenting each and every night. Come and see for yourself! 


We're 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.


The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

Geraniums and Wind Chimes

Beneath the shade of the old oak tree sits a friendly home, built during a time when ladies walked to Main Street with parasols in hand and gentlemen dressed for dinner. Guests were welcomed with a cool drink, while their bags were carried to their accommodations.  


The windows open broadly to invite in the sunshine and comfortable mountain breezes and for those who wish to immerse themselves in the total experience, the Garden Terrace, Veranda and back deck are waiting.  


Wind chimes serenade as geraniums cast their perfume to the afternoon sky. You gaze upon an ancient oak with its dark craggy bark and the ivy that grows upon it and ask, "How shall I spend this beautiful day?" Shopping on Main Street; perhaps an early dinner and a night at the Flat Rock Playhouse? Maybe a simple hike to a local waterfall to photograph wildflowers in their natural glory.

Or should I just sit here with you, mighty oak, place my book to the side, and have you speak to me of summers past?  


How you decide to spend your time at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is completely up to you. And that's the way it should be - don't you think? One thing is for certain, your time will belong to you and your breakfasts will be monumental! Make some history of your own by calling The Oaks Bed and Breakfast today!


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:


THOMPSON STORE IS NOW OPEN ON SUNDAY'S, 11:00am TO 4:00pm -Come by and purchase a Rotisserie Chicken, Homemade Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Hand Cut Steaks or Fresh Ground Chuck for your Sunday Dinner.


Veteran's Breakfast at Ward's Grill- June 18, 8 to 10. Bring a Veteran and enjoy a hot delicious breakfast with other Veterans. 


back alley June 13- Back Alley Barn-6 to 10-Music and Cash Bar to Benefit Historic Saluda Depot-No cover charge but donations and a 50/50 raffle. Ward's Grill will be open till 8:00 serving dinner.


2015 Coon Dog Day T-shirts will be available this month. Stop by and get your official shirts with Thompson Store celebrating 125 years.


"Try Us First For Your Grocery Shopping." Before going to the giant box stores, shop local and come see us. We are your local grocery store with the best fresh meat, produce, dairy, and bakery items. Remember, if you do not want to cook or do not have the time, purchase our frozen dinners and items from Pasta and Provisions made in Charlotte, NC. We now have Gourmet Gelato made with goat's milk. Check out all our local items made by Western North Carolina producers and always take home a pound of "Charlie's Famous Sausage."


Thompson's Boarding House Venue & Back Alley Barn

Plan your next celebration at the historic Venue and outdoor Back Alley Barn.  Inside facilities are perfect for catering with a covered porch for outdoor dining.  Enjoy music and dancing at the Back Alley Barn.



Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm. 

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!


New items have been added to our Sides and Veggie list! Fresh local vegetables make our famous Smokehouse Gazpacho and now the Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw is back along with 

Black-eye pea salad and we are making fresh daily a nice light Pasta Salad. We use local veggies, Cavatappi pasta and light vinaigrette. 


We continue to offer daily specials that change frequently. You need to stop by!


Our local beers on tap are ever changing. As the days get warmer, crisp lighter beers are more the preference. Or maybe a Gluten Free Apple Cider from Wicked Apple, from apples grown right in Henderson County.  Selections of organic wines are available also.


Come in and try our new Mac and Cheese topped with pulled pork! We serve our Cavatappi Mac and Cheese in a black iron skillet and top that with our mesquite smoked pulled pork! Just Too Good!


We now have our new t-shirts,  100% recycled shirts from Recover.  8 recycled plastic bottles= 1 shirt. They are so soft!


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    

The next Top of the Grade Concert is Friday, June 12 with Sound Investments.  These guys will sing your favorites, have you up and dancing and leave you with a smile on your face!  Call the bakery for a pizza to go, grab your beer and wine at Meanwhile next door and enjoy a perfect summer night in Saluda.


Don't forget Father's Day on Sunday, June 21.  We will celebrate some of the great men in our lives as well as the first day of summer in one delicious brunch at Wildflour.  We will definitely include our new BBQ bacon and some of our favorite, local summer bounty on the menu for that day. 


Thanks for all the wonderful compliments on our new summer menu.   Have you found your favorite dish yet?


The Italian Sub on our freshly baked Italian bun with our homemade olive salad, Genoa salami, ham, Provolone cheese, tomato, cucumber, sweet onion and roasted red peppers is definitely in the running.  I am partial right now to the Super Kale Salad with fresh, local kale, strawberries, blueberries and our own glazed pepitas.


The Courtyard is in full bloom, the umbrellas are up and we hope to see you all real soon!


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



Meanwhile, Back in Saluda

and Meanwhile: Wine, Beer & Specialty Foods


June 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 & Apparel 
June is fashion month at Random Arts.

Discover your fashion style with the expert assistance of Joyce and Jane here at Random Arts.

We are "Bo Ho" Chic, 

We are "Hippy" Chic,

We are "Mountain Gypsy"

We are "who you want to be" with our" outside the box," fashion and funky wardrobe choices.


You CAN be "free flowing" and "artsy" with our colorful leggings and tunic tops not to mention our soft and subtle lacy slips and dress extenders. Try us out, you'll like us and you'll like all that we have to offer in the way of haute-hippy and bo-ho chic fashion. It's filled with fun, no rules and a commitment to being who you really are.


No need to be stuffy and subdued here in Saluda. Be yourself and have some fun at Random Arts.  


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 Email:

Phone: 828-749-1165    



macon bank

We're the bank you turn to for home loans

We've been a strong, stable home loan lender since 1922. Our customers like our broad list of financing options and family-first service.

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

Macon Bank is great for your home life.

Our bank has been helping families borrow for homes (and home improvement) since 1922. We are focused on customer service and earning customer trust.


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.


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

Saluda Faces

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   


Because of the initiative to memorialize the Saluda Depot and Saluda's railroad history, Saluda Faces is featuring the faces of unknown men and women who were part of this legend. If you know of a railroad person who has a story to tell, please send an email to (Photo courtesy of Saluda Historic Committee...see more on display in Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main St., Saluda.) 


This article appeared in a 1992 edition of "NS FOCUS," a magazine published by Norfolk Southern Public Relations Department. Trains no longer run through Saluda.


Cresting the peak: the power and challenge of Saluda Grade

Story by Rebecca Burcher


With all the brakes applied and speed still picking up, Engineer Leonard Biddix of Ridgecrest, N.C., jumped from the cab of a runaway coal train heading down Saluda Mountain, the steepest standard gauge main-line railroad grade in the United States.


"I leaned back and put one foot out and jumped," says Biddix, describing the most memorable ride of his 30-year railroad career.


Before leaving the cab, Biddix, who was working that run as a fireman, checked the train's speed: 22 mph. When he was safely off the train, he says, "I turned around and watched it go by." As the caboose passed him, Biddix estimates the train was moving at about 35 mph.


The runaway on which Biddix rode was lost Sept. 20, 1964, at about 2 o'clock in the morning. There were six engines, pulling 69 coal cars. The locomotives plunged down the mountainside several hundred feet and are said to have knocked down trees a foot-and-a-half in diameter. Twenty- three cars derailed.


"That's one you don't forget," says Biddix, now 68 years old and retired.


For the first time since diesel engines replaced steam power, Saluda Mountain, famous for its three miles of curving, steep grade, had claimed another train with the '64 derailment.


"You've got to be absolutely positive on Saluda Mountain," says Melvin Warren, Norfolk Southern's division road foreman for the Piedmont division, where the Saluda grade is located. "You can't take any chances."


Click here to read more.

Countdown to Coon Dog Day!

coon dog day banner

There are only 40 days before Saluda's 52nd Annual Coon Dog Day on Saturday, July 11, 2015!


Sponsorships Available  

Please make your donation with the

Sponsorship Packet here.


 5K Race/Fun Walk 

CDD You may register for the Coon Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk online at download registration here.  You may also find the registration form on, along with other information and forms.  The 5K Race Map is here.


Check out our Facebook page, "Coon Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk" for up-to-date information.


Vendor Information  

If you're interested in being considered a vendor on Coon Dog Day, find the Vendor Application Packet here.


Volunteers Needed 

Please volunteer to  help out by contacting Tangie Morgan by phone at 828 777-9158 or by email at


How to Donate  

For donations, please make your check payable to City of Saluda NC, designated for Coon Dog Day, and mail it to Saluda City Hall; P. O. Box 248; Saluda NC 28773, or you may leave your donation with Cindy or Jessica at City Hall; 6 East Main Street.  All donations are used for expenses incurred during the one-day event.


Coon Dog Day Parade 

If you would like to enter the 52nd Annual Coon Dog Day Parade, please complete the Parade Participant Information sheet here or just show up on the morning of the Parade on Main Street by the Saluda School.  This is great fun and a chance to show off your decorated float, antique car, business, sports team, organization, and more.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Car, Best Commercial, Best Coon Dog Theme, Best Civic, and Best Overall.  The winners will be announced immediately following the Parade at the City Information Tent in front of City Hall.


Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest

King & Queen - contestants must be 14 to 18 years old

Prince & Princess - contestants must be 8 to 13 years old

Jr. Prince & Jr. Princess -contestants must be 4 to 7 years old

Baby Prince & Baby Princess - contestants must be birth to 3 years old


And a new category in 2015!


Sr. King & Sr. Queen - contestants must be 65 to 95 years old


All contestants must be in the appropriate age category as of July 11, 2015.


All Contestants Must Be Residents of Saluda.


Anyone who wants to enter the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest should contact:

Tammy Frisbee at 828 749-9774

Tangie Morgan at 828 777-9158 or 828 749-1514

Saluda City Hall at 828 749-2581 or email for more

information, contest rules, and to pre-register a contestant.


Winners in each category will receive a crown and a sash to display as they ride in the Coon Dog Day Parade!


Click here to download the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest Rules and Registration.



This year's entertainment boasts a wide variety of artists, including:  "Jack Roper and The Weatherman Band," Saluda's own "Sound Investment," and "McGuire's Pipe Band" from Tampa, FL. This year's entertainment is sponsored by The Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill. 


You won't want to miss "The Dancer's Extension" performance on the Main Stage.


A complete schedule will be published in July issue of Saluda Lifestyles.


Special Introductory WNC Area Masters Tennis Event

New to the game?  Used to play? Have mobility issues?  Want to improve volley and topspin? Want to play with friends & family?


Please join us and bring your friends for an afternoon of free fun, food and prizes on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 12:30 (sign in) until 3 pm at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort, One Resort Drive, Asheville.  Christine Murphy, the USTA Florida Masters Coordinator, will be on court sharing the fun of Masters Tennis!  Bring your racquet (or racquets will be provided).


Summer Fun in Henderson County:

Started in May 4th and continuing until October - every Tuesday morning from 10 am until 12 noon  - Masters Tennis on outdoor courts at Jackson Park. Henderson County CTA will be providing balls and on court volunteer(s).


Started Friday, May 1 - Mixed Doubles Masters Tennis  - every other Friday evening (the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month) at the Jackson Park courts - please bring a can of food as entry fee - 6 pm until 8 pm.  Henderson County CTA will provide balls and on court volunteer(s).   PLEASE NOTE - if you are new to the game, or returning and would like to participate in clinics on Friday evenings prior to the mixed doubles, please email me at


Hope to see you on the courts!



Bevie Walker

WNC USTA League Coordinator


Summer Tracks
The 16th season of Tryon's most popular summer event - Summer Tracks - kicks off on Friday, June 5 with the Lauren Mitchell Band. Sponsored by Tryon Downtown Development Association, the show begins at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park.

Hailing from Central Florida, this band is known for their high-energy concoction of blues and soul. Like the legendary female singers she most admires - Etta James, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin - the band's lead singer Lauren Mitchell gives audiences everything she has and then some. Jack Sullivan of Blues Music Magazine calls Lauren, "A mesmerizing performer, with a voice for the ages." Al Kanovsky of Jazz Blues Florida writes, "...All I can say is 'Wow.'" Her smoking band features legendary Gulf Coast Hammond B3 master "The Professor Mike Hensley" and delivers a full-throttle, all-or-nothing, take-no-prisoners, leave-it-all-on-the-stage performance.


This is the first of six Summer Tracks concerts scheduled for this season. Each summer, this well produced series attracts more than 2,000 people to Tryon's Rogers Park, drawing visitors from all over Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  


As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Audience donations along with the generous sponsorships of local businesses and individuals make these shows possible. Manna Cabana's delicious fresh food, O'Duggan's ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.


Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers visit


Summer Tracks 2015 Season

June 5 The Lauren Mitchell Band (Blues, Soul, Rock)

June 19 The Deluge (Soul, Blues, Rock)

July 3     Peggy Ratusz Band, A Tribute to Bonnie Raitt (Rock, Pop)

July 17   Buncombe Turnpike (Bluegrass, Traditional)

Aug 7     Seth Walker (Blues, Swing with N. Orleans vibe)

Aug 21    The Honeycutters, Bob Sinclair Duo opens (Americana, Swing) 

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

Childhood in Saluda
by Clark Thompson


Interesting Saludians 

Most folks think of railroad conductors as well-dressed fellows collecting tickets and hollering "all aboard" on passenger trains. However, freight trains also have their own category of conductor as the lead employee in charge of the entire crew, including the engineer and everything being hauled on these trains. Their responsibilities are numerous, including supervising the train's crew, arranging proper placement of the freight cars, handling communications, switching engines, and overall safety of the train.


Southern Railway freight train conductor James "Barney" Seay, father of basketball star Martha Seay Hardin about whom I have previously written, was passionate about professional baseball--not as an athlete but as an avid fan of the gameso much so, that he frequently could be found on warm afternoons sitting on his Gaffney Street front porch with a radio at his side and listening to his favorite game of the day. This wasn't uncommon during the pre-television era of the '40s and early '50s, but what made him different from most baseball fans, was the scoring book held in his lap. His daily use of standard notations to identify each player by position, or for each at-bat, allowed him and any other fan who understood the scoring system to mentally reconstruct the entire game, including the final outcome, without having heard the live broadcast. He was, and still is, the only individual I personally knew who was totally knowledgeable about that scoring technique.


He was also passionate about his drinking water. At that time there was a free-flowing spring located on the opposite side of the tracks from where the Saluda Depot was then located. Common local lore had it that water coming out of the pipe was the world's second purest, only beaten by some spring in Switzerland. I'm not sure if the Saluda spring still exists or who was credited with testing every spring in the world for purity to verify that claim, but it sure sounded good to local folks. Barney was so convinced of its purity and good taste that several times each week he sent one of his kids to haul back a gallon or two of it. Since his youngest son Donnie and I were friends, occasionally I would join him as he fulfilled this simple chore. Then in the '50s a gas station and its associated septic tank was built above the spring which diminished the desirability of the water. I haven't been back to check on its fate for the past 60 years.


Barney and his wife Margaret had quite a house full of kids, twelve in all, six boys and six girls. Two sons, Jim and Ryal, also worked for the railroad. Jim worked long enough to retire while Ryal suffered an accident early in his career when the wheel of a rail car ran over one of his feet, causing him to lose several toes which resulted in some disability.


After the railroad accident, Ryal and one older brother Dick, a veteran World War II pilot, purchased a single-engine Fairchild plane, and one of their favorite pranks was to buzz low over downtown Saluda, kill the engine and lean out the cockpit window while hollering to get Charlie Ward's attention at Thompson's Store.


Another local railroad employee named William ("Shaky Will") Forrest lost a goodly portion of one leg in a train accident and later had a barbershop where Heartwood Gallery is now located. His wooden leg was quite a bit shorter than his other leg which made him prone to having phantom pains that would strike without warning. As a youngster I remember feeling quite nervous as I climbed into his chair for a haircut. On a number of occasions, one or more of the phantom pains would cause his hand to jerk while shaving my neck and cause the straight razor to slice into my skin. With no apology, he would very nonchalantly reach for a cold wet towel to wipe away the blood and begin applying a styptic stick to stop the bleeding.


Last, but certainly not the least, memorable Saluda citizen during my youth was a fellow named Hub Middleton whose only real claim to local fame was unwittingly qualifying for the Guinness Book of World Records.  Had he known about it, he could have easily been recognized for his lifetime of bench-sitting in downtown Saluda which he reduced to a fine form. For example, his standard attire never changed, always dressing in blue overalls and always facing the street rather than the storefronts so he could be admired by people passing through town. (Painting of Hub bench-sitting by artist, Beverly Pickard.) 


I'm hoping our City fathers and mothers will eventually see fit to designate the remaining rickety wooden bench in front of Thompson's Store as a historic site and recognize Hub with a bronze plaque mounted on the back. It would be a shame to allow this important piece of Saluda's history to fade from collective memory.


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. 

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     


As a relatively new Saluda resident, I am finding Verizon's cellphone coverage in the area to be rather poor and even more so, it seems, now that all the amazing, beautiful trees are leafed out.  


A few days ago I called Verizon and, after some engagement, was eventually transferred to a very cordial and informative senior technician.  He told me that Verizon was very aware of the poor coverage here and that there have been many calls to their technical department about it.  He let me know that Verizon was presently attempting to determine one or more new tower locations in the Saluda area.  He said it was a slow and difficult process in large part because of regulatory circumstances related to state and county owned land.


He then asked me, somewhat pointedly, if I owned, or knew of someone who owned, land that Verizon could lease for a tower.  He explained that leasing private property could let Verizon bypass some of the regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles associated with publicly owned land and more quickly enable better cellphone coverage in and around Saluda.


I suspect that many people living here, as well as a lot of folks who come to Saluda for the summer months, a short vacation or a day trip, are on Verizon.  So I am sharing this information in case it is helpful.


The technician gave me a link for people who might have property they'd be interested in leasing to Verizon for a tower. -   On this webpage can be found some of the criteria for a good tower location and a short simple form that interested people can fill out and submit to Verizon.


Kind regards, John

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