Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
July 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
4th of July Celebrations
Fried Chicken Dinner
Library CDD T-Shirt
Saluda Historic Depot
Golf Cart Raffle
Brown Bag
Saluda Tailgate
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Meet the Author at Saluda Center
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Saluda
The Porpoise Room
Teacher Appreciation
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Coon Dog Day
What's Happening in Music and Art
Top of the Grade Concerts
Saluda Scoop
Antique & Vintage Show
Cruise-In for a Cause
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Faces
Summer Tracks
Tryon Arts
Childhood in Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

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

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 Western NC MLS Listing
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New on the Market!

Paradise awaits! River front cottage on a bold section of the Pacolet River delights the senses and makes the heart sing. Charming 1 level split bedroom updated home has beautiful hardwood floors & doors, new windows, tall ceiling & river views throughout. A rare opportunity offered by one of "Pearson's" heirs and now available to you. MLS#588073, $185,000



Enjoy privacy and winter views from all three covered porches. The wooded lot creates the feel of living in a tree house. Easy walk to downtown Saluda for dining and shopping. MLS#587467, $205,000

Contemporary ranch located on a large beautiful wooded lot in quiet neighborhood. Updated kitchen w/granite. Updated bathrooms. New back deck is perfect for entertaining guests. Easy walk to downtown Saluda. 5 BR, 3BA, 3036SF MLS#587367, $298,000

Mini Farm! Country style home with wrap around porch, open floor plan, vaulted great room with FP, large chief's kitchen, breakfast nook, formal dining invite good times. Luxurious master bedroom & bath, large bedrooms with lots of closest space. A mini farm, mature fruit trees, fenced pasture, raised garden beds, & barn. Come see the attention to detail. 5BR, 3BA, 2106 SF, 3 acres, MLS#581168 $299,800



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, $95,000, 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, $44,900, MLS#569729    


Lake Lots

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

REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $70,000, 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.


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Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of June 30, 2015). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      23         6   

Homes 2014      13         0       


Land 2015          8          1                           

Land 2014          5          0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes

Saluda - 1 property 

Polk County - 1 properties  

Henderson County - 25              


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


Saluda Service Directory
Independence Day

July 4 We wish all of our Saluda friends and family a safe and fun-filled holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.   


Cathy Jackson Realty office will be closed on Saturday, July 4 and Saturday, July 11 so that we can celebrate the holiday and the Coon Dog Day reunion with our family and friends.  Agents will be available by appointment.


Happy Holiday and Coon Dog Day!   


Cathy Jackson, Amy Zollo, Greaton Sellers, Amy Wood, Renee Jackson, Mark Lauer, Erin Lausch

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

MAY through October 

Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

Top of the Grade Concerts -- (May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11)


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


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

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - September 12, 2015


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

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, July 7 at 10am at the Saluda Library. 


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


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, July 1 at McCreery Park Pavilion.   


Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.


The Historic Saluda Committee regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, July 10 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, July 10, 7pm to 9 pm. Rain or shine....move to Pavilion if rain.

Women's Club will not meet in July.


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, July 16, 6pm at the Saluda Center.  
Saluda Garden Club will not meet in July.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, July 27 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.

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


Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 6:30PM 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.
Independence Day Area Celebrations and Fireworks

july 4 Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit website for directions. Fireworks will be held on Friday, July 3 and start at dark.  A Donation Bucket will be passed around and proceeds raised will go to the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department who will be supervising the fireworks.    


Fabulous Fourth on July 4

in Columbus from 10 to 10.  Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages!  Fireworks start at 9:45.   





The 32th annual Fabulous 4th 100K Bike Tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 4.  Sign in starts at 6am at Harmon Field in Tryon.  Pre-register online at us on Facebook


In Hendersonville

Music On Main Street concert series Special 4th of July Celebration Concert featuring 96.5 House Band Patriotic Tribute, Visitor Center - 201 S. Main St., 7pm-9:30pm, free, Bring a Chair, No Pets - Alcoholic Beverages or Coolers Allowed; seating area opens after 5:30pm / early admission is prohibited, enjoy the concert and Jackson Park fireworks (at dusk) from the comfort of your chair, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, every Friday through August 14, Hendersonville, NC 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708 


Independence Day Fireworks Display

Independence Day Fireworks Display, at dark, fireworks may be viewed from downtown Hendersonville and the south side of town near the intersection of Hwy. 25 South and Hwy. 176, a large red balloon will be launched the morning of the 4th to signify visibility of the fireworks show, if you can see the "Big Red Balloon", you can see the fireworks from your location; the Fireworks Display will NOT be visible inside Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-4884 


Fourth of July Parade, Main Street (5-Points to Caswell St.), 10:30am, Hendersonville, NC  828-595-0901


Harambee' Festival, Historic Seventh Ave. Depot Area (corner of 7th Ave. and Maple Street, in front of the Depot), 11am-7pm, Hendersonville, NC 828-290-5838


Fried Chicken Dinner
Coon Dog Day Starting at Noon

Come and enjoy a home cooked meal of Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Potato Wedges, Roll & Beverage for only $10 per plate. All proceeds will go to support Missions.



First Baptist Church of Saluda

213 Henderson Street

(Turn right beside the Library)

(828) 749-3231

(Some of the best food in Polk County comes from the folks at First Baptist Church.) Editorial comment!
Coon Dog Day T-Shirt Sale for Library Fundrasier

Saluda Historic Depot

We invite you to visit the depot and view the art of Bill and Anne Jameson, our beginning of a railroad, the historic Saluda museum, and our retail shop. We have added new items, and if you have something that you would like to donate, please contact us. We want to make this museum tell the story of Saluda from the beginning until now. We are fortunate to have the history of the steepest grade, the railroad, and all the history of many people who have made this town so rich.


Our board members have been working hard and we are now glad to say that another new business will be opening in Suite C in July. Troy Sumner will be opening: "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet" and will be opened six days a week. We are looking forward to having in the neighborhood.


Thanks to all that came to the Shaggin' on Saluda, The Images of America: Saluda book signing, and to everyone that has made donations to this depot venture. Thanks also to the volunteers that will be at the depot during hours of operations. We are all committed to making this museum one that we will all be proud to have in Saluda.


Remember to purchase your golf cart raffle ticket for $25; drawing will be September 12 at the Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ.


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

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.


Affordable Golf Carts Benefit Saluda Historic Depot

Lisa Bishop and her husband, John were thinking of a way to contribute to the effort to raise funds for the purchase of the Saluda Historic Depot when realizing it was already parked outside their door. "We have seen all the time and dedication the board members of the depot are giving to  raising money for the purchase of the Saluda Historic Depot and we wanted to help. We see this as a win-win for the purchase of the depot and the citizens of Saluda by having a chance to win a street-legal golf cart, and for our business," says Lisa.


The couple owns Affordable Golf Carts in Saluda at 24 W Main Street, which are street ready (after getting proper permits from the city) and priced right to be affordable to Saluda citizens.


After the first 100 tickets are sold, then proceeds for selling the raffle tickets will go directly to the Saluda Historic Depot.


Tickets will be on sale at Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, Duck Alley, and the depot which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.


The raffle drawing will be held at the annual Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ on Saturday, September 12, 2015 held at McCreery Park in Saluda.
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 July 17.   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 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.

CityCity Notes



City of Saluda


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


Help Pave Pace Park

The vision is slowly being realized as the pavers were laid at Pace Park this week.  


You can still 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 for a Cause 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 July calendar.  For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.   


"Hush Now, Baby" author Angela Williams will be at the Book Club meeting on Thurs., July 2 at 2:00 pm. Meet the author and get your book signed. All are welcome to attend. See below for more on the author and the story.


Saluda single women potluck dinner will be on Thurs., July 16. Please plan to attend.


Community potluck and bingo, Mon., July 27 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. 

Book Signing & Opportunity to Meet the Author at Saluda Center

The Saluda Center Book Club Invites you to a "BOOK SIGNING AND OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE AUTHOR"


Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 2 PM at the Saluda Center


Hush Now Baby, by Angela Williams

Hush Now, Baby is the story of how a little white girl climbed out of an uneasy childhood in the segregated South...on the backbone of a black woman who loved her unabashedly. A host of African-American women permeated Southern families. One of those stalwart women was Eva Aiken, a central figure in the author's life from her birth...until Eva staged a sit-in at the girl's wedding.


The story captures the glorious early years of the Low-country South Carolina family, then graphically depicts its unraveling. Eva holds them together. The family and the country's parallel struggles converge. The author lives in bubble-wrap until Civil Rights issues escalate. This story is told without pathos and with graceful restraint-the Southern way.

"Angela's prose plunges us back in time when a generation of white children were raised by the calloused hands of slaves who, despite being freed by Lincoln, remained chained to a stubborn way of life. Instead of killing us in our sleep, they became our guardian angels, for reasons still mysteriously misunderstood." --Ken Burger, author of Swallow Savannah, Sister SanteeSalkehatchie Soup, and Baptized in Sweet Tea.


Angela Williams Bio

Author Angela Williams has been waiting to tell this story for 50 years.  In a revealing and uprooting biographical memoir, Williams pulls back the curtain in the story of race, love and loyalty in the Deep South.  As teacher, lecturer, community activist, consultant, author, and personal/professional coach, Williams draws on her experience and literary expertise to bring to light the untold story:  that black women in the 60's were the unflinching heroes of our time.


She graduated from Queens University in Charlotte, taught English at the Citadel for 20 years, after earning her Masters in English at Duke University.  Williams lives in Mr. Pleasant, SC.  You'll find her playing tennis, reading to her grandsons, or sipping tea on her porch overlooking the water that brought so many African Americans to its shore....and thinking of Eva.


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:


#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


Twin Lakes

Summer Swimming Every Wednesday, June 17- Aug 26, 11AM to 4PM.   



Take Greenville Street 1.8 miles from the railroad tracks turn left on Linda Lane. Drive down the Lane through the gate to the Lake.  Come enjoy this Free Community Swim...a donation to Twin Lakes up keep is appreciated.  




Twin Lakes is also available for private parties, family reunions, weddings and other events. Contact Holly Wilkes: to reserve for your use.


The Twin Lakes crew has been super busy getting the lake ready. It would be a shame not to take advantage of their endeavors.


Work done on the Swimming Lake are as follows: Pavilion and benches have been scraped primed and painted. A new pump has been installed in the bathhouse. New PEC plumbing has replaced the old PVC system in the bathhouse. Lake edge growth has been trimmed, raked and removed. Water from the access road has been rerouted to the stream to prevent flooding of the parking area.


Work on the fishing lake: As of June 15, the rehab of Twin Lakes was completed. We were legally restricted not to begin work until after May 4 by the Army Corp of Engineers permit we received as well as State Fish and Wildlife restrictions in April due to rules on disturbing fish breeding habitat. The work was completed in 37 days. The fishing lake is filling up as we speak. The new pipe is in place and the old pipe system is filled with concrete and sealed shut. Grass is in place in disturbed soil areas as well as sod in the new emergency spillway. All trees growing in the lake and on the dam faces have been removed and brush on the lake side perimeter has been cut and removed. We thank our subcontractors for their help and our paid workers for their efforts and our 3 volunteers Nancy Barnett, Don Clapp, and John Morgan. Thanks most to Dave Prudhomme who tirelessly led this project to completion and to Jim Swiatowicz, our manager, for his concern in getting the job done in the best possible manner in the best possible way.


Walks in the Woods

For our monthly first and third Sunday walks, meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 2:00 to carpool to the trail head. These are usually gentle excursions and are meant to get adults and children outside while exploring Saluda's scenic spots. Contact Chuck Hearon at or 828-749-9886 or his cell 828-817-0364.

July 5 - This is a mystery walk destination. We will find a bit of water for cooling your heels and stay away from poison ivy, snakes and dangerous rocks.
July 19 - Saluda Nature Park  SCLT will lead walkers on a 1-2 mile moderate tour of the city park. The route connects Greenville Street to Chestnut Street and then loops back out. Sections within the park wind along the stream, up the hillsides, and climb even further up (strenuous) to the grand overlook on Judd's Peak. Remnants of old houses and the former city dump are visible. Come see how some creative thinking, ingenuity and effort has transformed a forgotten area into a precious park.


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 work days. Contact him at or 828-749-3906 or his cell 828-545-3632.

Victory over Kudzu
The goats are back at the Water Treatment plant along Pearson Falls Road. This year SCLT is partnering with the City of Saluda to keep the invasive species from overtaking the city property along this road. The good news is that after the goats have worked this area for the last two years, the kudzu is mostly gone; now they are working on the Japanese Knot Weed and Multiflora Rose.


Efforts to control kudzu at Judd's Peak and Saluda Nature Park are succeeding as evidenced by the appearance of native milkweed, a host plant for Monarch butterflies.  Plans are to replace the invasive kudzu with other native pollinator plants, native grasses and blueberries this fall. If you would like to help remove the kudzu, we are meeting at Judd's Peak on Thursdays at 9 am.  Tools will be provided, but you may want to bring a kneeling pad or low stool.  Financial contributions are welcome to help rehabilitate the area.  For further information contact Don Clapp at 704-750-0411 or


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, to which all interested folks are welcomed, are on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Saluda's McCreey Park in the pavilion. Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 1at 3:00. 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 not meet in July. Enjoy the 4th of July holiday and Coon Dog Day with family and friends. 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 Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.


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 Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.

Saluda's Tree City USA and Tree Preservation

How do we get rid of the various kinds of vines that climb our tree trunks, even extending onto lower limbs? The subject was discussed at the May meeting of Saluda's Tree City USA.


The most frequently used method is to cut the vines around the circumference of the trunk while standing on the ground. Care must be taken, however, to avoid cutting into the tree trunk. This method permits the vines to die and eventually to fall away from the trunk.


Why be concerned about vines on tree limbs? They do not kill the tree, but the added weight can cause breakage in storms and wind. Tress have been known to be uprooted from the added weight.

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  

Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will not hold a meeting during the month of July.  We will, however, be visible on Main Street as we sell raffle tickets for our gift basket of goodies. The winning ticket will be pulled on Coon Dog Day. 

Please join us for our next regular meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  Meeting time is 10:00 a.m. and light refreshments are served. All are welcome.


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


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


Images of America: Saluda available for sale at the Depot on Coon Dog Day!

Images of America: Saluda has been released! Come by the Saluda Historic Depot on Coon Dog Day to get a copy. Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Mary Ann Hester with the Historic Saluda Committee have co-authored a book about Saluda that is included in the Images of America book series, through Arcadia Publishing Company. Featured are 220 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. Books are available at Saluda City Hall, the Saluda Historic Depot and various retailers around town.


Historic Saluda Tour of Homes a Success!

The Historic Saluda Tour of Homes held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 was a great success. A Special thank you goes out to our sponsors & volunteers: Affordable Golf Carts of Saluda, Saluda Women's Club, Saluda Garden Club, members of the Historic Saluda Committee, members of the Saluda Historic Depot Board. A special thank you to the local businesses that helped sell tickets:  Heartwood Gallery, Thompson's Store, Meanwhile Back in Saluda, and A Thrifty Barn. An extra special thank you to the homeowners who graciously opened up their homes! Thanks to ALL the great hardworking volunteers! Thank you to Sandie Bright for chairing the 2015 Historic Saluda Tour of Homes. Good Job Sandie! All proceeds go to Save the Saluda Depot project.


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 James Metcalf and the Colt Creek Band for their recent participation. Filmed by the old wood stove in the MA Pace Store, James and the band played some favorite folk, gospel and bluegrass tunes. James relayed stories about his great grandmother Salena Middleton Metcalf who in 1934, was visited by John Jacob Niles, known as the Father of the Modern Folk Movement, who spent his adulthood searching for the most well-loved songs of the Southern Appalachia. During his visit, Salena sang The Murdered Brother for him, which he documented in his book The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles. Since this is also Leon Morgan's great grandmother, he joined James in the storytelling. James also featured a song by Adger Pace with family ties to Saluda and who either penned or helped to write over 3,500 gospel songs. Film footage was also captured of the Saluda Grade String Band as they helped kick-off the recent book launch party for Images of America: Saluda. Film shoots are scheduled in Saluda throughout the summer in order to adequately showcase the rich and diverse blend of musical variations that spun off from roots based or folk music that influenced Saluda's musical tastes yesterday and today. This film, 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).


Visit Preview Museum in Historic Depot on Coon Dog Day!

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
  • Images of America: Saluda, published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)

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, July 10, 2015 at 2pm 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

The Porpoise Room Summer Camp



Monday to Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(Drop off from 8-8:30 AM, pick up 4:30-5 PM)


June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 13-17, July 20-24,

July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21


5 days a week = $150; 3 days a week = $100; 2 days a week = $75

(plus a one-time $20 registration/supply fee)

*10% off for 4+ full weeks, 10% discount for siblings, scholarships may be available*


Serving Ages 5-11 years. No more than 8 children per day - attentive, creative, energetic summertime fun! Call, text, or email Ellen W. Rogers @ 828-329-6790,


(All activities will be at The Porpoise Room, 144 W. Main St., or within walking distance.)
Teacher Appreciation

A local Saluda church honored the teachers and staff of Saluda Elementary School by hosting their 2nd annual Appreciation Lunch on Friday, June 12.  Education is a vital building block to the community and Saluda Elementary provides a safe and encouraging environment for academic growth.  A big "Thank You" to all staff and teachers for all that you have done, and continue to do, for our future generations."

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School Events 


School's Out for the Summer!  

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.   


Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


Saluda Community Library: Grades PreK-5
Wednesday mornings


Sign up for Summer Reading at the library for a reading log and goodies. Earn prizes for reading throughout the summer!


Wed. 7/1 @ 10am: LEGO Junior Makers & Movie Matinee
Make something amazing with the library's 10,000 LEGOs and have your creation displayed in the library! We'll also watch The LEGO Movie on the big screen and enjoy popcorn and drinks.

Wed. 7/8 @ 11am: Folk Music with Marshall Goers
Learn about the history and origin of and hear six different American folk instruments (guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, harmonica, and mandolin). Participate through singing, rhythm, and dancing!

Wed. 7/15 @ 11am: Kids Creative Writing Workshop
Brittany Hampton Tokar will lead a creative writing workshop centered on the idea of superheroes. Write a story as a group and start your own superhero story! This workshop is about encouraging young writers and creativity. *Please register in advance for the creative writing workshop by contacting Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at or 828-894-8721 x227. Space is limited.*

Wed. 7/22 @ 11am: Storyteller Sherry Lovett
From the adventures of the mighty Perseus to the silly antics of Glooskap, heroes all have their stories. Join Sherry Lovett for a heroes' journey. There's sure to be laughter, surprise, and lots of fun along the way. And, who knows, maybe in the end, you'll see the hero in you!

Wed. 7/29 @ 10am: Superheroes of Science
Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunson from Hands On Museum will introduce participants to scientists whose research is changing our everyday lives and creating superhero powers! Hands-on science demonstrations and experiments will explore the science and scientists behind superhero powers like invisibility and super strength.


*Please register in advance for the science workshop by contacting Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at or 828-894-8721 x227. 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).  


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.

Jacquelina "Jackie" Gillespie, 83, of Saluda, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Eugene Anderson, 91, of Saluda, NC passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Patricia Ann Recker, 76, of Saluda, NC passed away Friday, May 29, 2015

Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Coon Dog Day

For most people hot dogs and apple pie are patriotic icons as much as an American flag waving on the fourth of July. Saludians would include Coon Dog Day as an American icon and would forget that it's not a national holiday, just a Saluda holiday. This time of the year, all the talk about town is about what guests are coming, what food to prepare, purchasing tickets for the pancake breakfast, where we are going to park, who is going to be in the parade, who is entering the 5K/Fun Walk, what's the weather going to be like, and the buzz goes on and on.


The town is staged for Coon Dog Day. American flags are waving from the poles, dedicated city workers are mowing and mulching park areas and city streets, Pace Park pavers have been laid, a stage will be parked along Main Street, and a banner will stretch across Main Street welcoming all to Saluda's annual holiday.


Even though this isn't a national holiday, in Saluda, it is a family reunion of sorts.  For over five decades, summer folks and visitors have enjoyed this fun-filled festival that is as American as apple pie to Saludians!  

52nd Annual Coon Dog Day Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2015

coon dog day banner

Events & Information


7:00 a.m. - City Hall Information Tent

Coon Dog Day Posters - $10 each

Coon Dog Parade Winners will be announced immediately following the Parade.


8:00 a.m. - Coon Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk

Go to Dog Day 5K Race/Fun Walk to pre-register online. Registration for the 5K Race/Fun Walk begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. at The Party Place & Event Center. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the City's Information Tent in front of City Hall immediately following the Race/Fun Walk.


8:00 a.m. - Benefit Breakfast at the Saluda Masonic Lodge Provided by Polk County Unit #482 on Ozone. 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage or bacon, biscuits, gravy, and drink for only $6 per plate. 


11:00am - Parade Starts starting from Saluda School on Main Street and ending at Carolina Street.


12:00 Noon - Lunch at Saluda First Baptist Church on Henderson St. 

Chicken dinner served with potato wedges, green beans, rolls, dessert, and drink for only $10 per plate.


1:30 p.m. - Meet Josh Owens & Bill from "The Moonshiners" TV Show on Main Street


Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field (Sponsored by the Central Carolina Benefit Coon Club)

12:00 p.m. - Bench Show ($15 entry fee)

2:00 p.m. - Treeing Contest ($5 entry fee)                                                                     

7:00 p.m. - Night Hunt ($20 entry fee)


Local Artists will be in the Saluda Center at 64 Greenville St. to demonstrate their talents.  Amusements for all Ages will be located in the Top of The Grade Park.


On Stage Entertainment (Main Street)

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   James Metcalf & Colt Creek is Saluda's own gospel bluegrass group

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   The Dancer's Extension leads everyone in a Flash Mob

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Coon Dog Day Parade with Grand Marshall, Dr. George Jones

12:30 p.m. to   1:00 p.m.   McGuire's Pipe Band sponsored by Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.   Sound Investment plays beach & classic rock loved by all ages

2:45 p.m. to   3:15 p.m.   Barney Fife & Thelma Lou are brought to life by Ronnie & Elease Felker

3:15 p.m. to   5:00 p.m.   Folsom Prison Gang with a musical tribute to Johnny Cash

5:15 p.m. to   6:15 p.m.   The Katts is a duo from Tennessee who plays bluegrass, folk, & country music

6:30 p.m. to   7:45 p.m.   Jack Roper & the Weatherman Band plays beach & soul music

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.   Lonesome Road Band plays for the Street Dance with caller Archie Hardy

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Jonah Riddle, a talented banjo player, and Amanda Patterson, who sings   acoustic versions of your favorite Americana songs, will fill-in between acts.



RiverStreet Networks

McGuire's Irish Pub

Tryon Daily Bulletin

Bernard Edwards

ALM Investments

Bryan Easler Toyota

Autumn Care

Macon Bank

Don Mintz Builders

Dunlap Construction

St. Luke's Hospital   

Mountain River Tap & Growlers

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at The Onion in July



Summer's in full swing here at the Onion with an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables coming from the kitchen, terrific live music, Sunday brunch and breezy summer evenings on the patio. We added a few new summer items to the menu this week to take advantage of summer's bounty from local farmers including dishes featuring NC shrimp, okra, broccoli, sweet corn, summer squash and tomatoes. Visit the website or facebook for updates.


Monday - Saturday

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday Brunch

11:00 - 3:00

Open on the 4th of July

Coon Dog Day Hours

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Closed Sunday, July 12


Sunday, June 6 is a little beyond the midway point of 132 consecutive days of being open, and given that it falls the day after Coon Dog Day, we thought it would be a good day for all of us to stay home and rest up for the final stretch of summer.   


Live Music in July             

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!


July 2 - Calico Moon

This husband-wife duo once again shares with us their natural and uncanny vocal blend of music.


July 4 - New 5 Cents Bluegrass Band

Old friends Russ and Billie Jordan from the early WNCW days return with a new bluegrass band.


July 9 - Michael Reno Harrell

The master of great songs and stories is back.


July 11 - COON DOG DAY 
Since there is so much music throughout the town on this annual Saluda celebration, we will not have any music at the café.


July 16 - Red Honey

Led by the bold and bluesy torch singer, Erika Jane, this band brings a little bit

of everything in their music.


July 18 - Bad Popes

This band plays a unique brand of rock, country and western swing on topics that span the Americana landscape.


Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues (Sunday Concert).  More info below on this concert.


July 23 - Scoot Pittman  

The café is always jumping when Scoot is in the house.


July 25 - Virginia and the Slims

This jump blues, jazz and swing band out of Asheville joins us for the first time.


July 30 - Danika & Jeb

A duo new to us featuring smooth, soulful vocals and incredible guitar playing.



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

We have an exciting month planned for July.  Come in for local craft beers and ciders and backyard games, or just for  hanging out on the patio. Open 12pm -11pm.


Coon Dog Day, July 11 - CC's Dogs & More from Spindale running the grill in the backyard , fun and local craft beer, great way to wind down after the parade. Open 10am - 11pm . 


July 17 - WPOS is back...a cover band out of Greenville, SC playing classic rock.  Open 4pm-10pm.


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, July 14, just show Cindy your ID, and receive a beer on the house. Bring your friends and celebrate at the Depot.


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



Dancers Extension

Join us in a Flash Mob on Coon Dog Day at center stage on Main Street at 10:30. 


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 

Free--'til gone-for creative people, especially seamstresses: old table cloths. Open Saturdays only during July. Closed Saturday, July 11 for Coon Dog Day.


Table cloths are various sizes: some plain, some prettry. None are in good condition but good areas might be used for making pillow covers, doll clothes, small table covers, napkins, etc. See other items in the "Hen's Nest" (an indoor yard sale), and work of artists/crafters-some completed, some in progress.


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



Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience;  

Oct. 22-24

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a painting workshop, "Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience," on Thursday - Saturday, Oct 22-24, in Saluda. This outdoor painting workshop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful colors and fresh air of a Western North Carolina Fall, while addressing the painting fundamentals of value, design, and temperature variety.  There will also be an emphasis on bold and spontaneous brushwork.


Participants will meet each morning at Jim's studio and motorcade to that day's painting location. All locations will be easily accessible by car.


There will be a demonstration and lecture by Jim on Thursday morning, lots of one-on-one easel time, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price, $350, includes a tasty lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café and wine at the first day's critique.  The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced.


In the event of rain or cold, there is ample room to set up and paint in Jim's studio.  A list of needed supplies, as well as other information, will be furnished after registration.


Jim has recently been invited to join Plein Air Painters of the South East (PAP-SE), a group of 40 notable southern painters organized to maintain the highest professional standards in the area of plein air painting.


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702,, or visit

Random Arts Workshops

Nurture your creativity and choose from a multitude of workshops throughout the year from both local and international instructors. Our July Schedule is listed below.

7-Zen Doodle

17-Surface Design for Fabric-Martine House

21-Zen Doodle

23-Stamp Carving Made Easy - Janet Hickey

24-Watercolor for Everyone - Miriam Hughes

31-Nature's Treasure Prayer Flags - Susan Edmonson


Register by email <>

Phone: 828-749-1165


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:


Top of the Grade Concerts 2015



Top of the Grade Concerts at the Top of the Grade Park in McCreery Park, located in downtown historic Saluda.



July 10 (evening before Coon Dog Day) Saluda's own Aaron Burdett and his band will be performing new hits from Aaron's just released CD, "Tinderbox." The performance will be under the Pavilion at McCreery Park from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.


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 is 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.)   

Saluda Scoop

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



Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet, a new sports collectibles and memorabilia shop will open by Coon Dog Day in Suite C at the Saluda Historic Depot. Owner, Troy Sumner says that the name reflects the old advertising slogan of the 50's and 60's.


The store will offer vintage and present day sports cards, "certified autographed" cards, autographed baseballs, baseball bats, and gloves of sports stars, past and present. A large collection of football and basketball items will also be part of the inventory. Jerseys, hats, old magazines and books will be available also.


Later, after the retail is operational, he will serve hot dogs, chips, apple pie, and soft drinks and other quick snack items.


As far as the "Chevrolet" part of the name, Troy will stock die cast models, some NASCAR items, and other auto related nostalgia items.


The shop will be located at 32 W Main Street, Suite C, Saluda, NC.





Property Caretaking Services

Licensed & Insured ~ References Available


Our specialty is the out-of-town property owner.  Currently we help property owners from California to the East Coast and have clients from Spain, Germany, England and many places closer to NC.  Services include: Door and window checks, lawn and yard maintenance, handyman services, pet sitting, errands, garden care, plant sitting, mail and package pick up, pre-arrival maintenance and clean up after departure, supervision of other workers, photos of work-in-progress. We can also arrange the services of others (such as electrical and plumbing work). We offer services for our Senior Citizens called "Step & Fetch It." We can come work along side the home owners and help move heavy items or pick up tools and in general be helpful. You name it and we will help out.  Rates and references available by request.  Contact us at the email below or by phone.  Email works best since we are usually out working or at school until late.  



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Phone:  828-749-2480   


Crust & Kettle Restaurant

New Sign, New hours, New seating inside and out. Now open for

Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7am

Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am

Dinner -Monday night only 5-7pm

Call for menu questions , daily specials,  or take out 828-749-3503.


July 27 Yard Sale is at 8am until... bring your tables and your stuff. Space is $10 donation to charity.

Call for information.


The Crust & Kettle is located at 1487 Ozone, Saluda, NC.


Somewhere In Time

Somewhere In Time features nostalgic tins and candy, antiques, linens, furniture, jewelry and fashion accessories, gourmet food items, and garden and home decor. Visit our Ice Cream Parlor, the place where old-time memories are made every day. Come on in and beat the heat with a delicious cone of ice cream, rich milkshake, root beer or coke float. New this year... we have an old fashioned counter and stools.,Come on in and sit a spell.


Located at 70 E Main Street, Saluda, 828-749-1514.



M. A. Pace General Store

Experience the charm of an old-fashioned hardware and general store. Historic M. A. Pace General Store founded in 1899 was featured on Our Vanishing Americana and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside you will find everything from Pointer overalls, jams and jellies, garden items, glass bottle drinks, old fashion candy, hardware and much more.  


Visiting us is like taking a trip back in time when life was much simpler. Come on in for this year's Coon Dog Day T-shirts available in adult and children sizes in a rainbow of colors. Also available are other Coon Dog Day merchandise, caps, visors, dog bandanas, coon skin caps.


Located at 60 W Main Street, Saluda, NC. 828-749-2401.


Ashley Gregory has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over three years. She lives in the thriving mountains of Saluda on a small organic farm. She and her partner Kyle work the land and strive for a sustainable lifestyle. "When I first visited Saluda, I knew I wanted to live here. I'm astounded at all the local water falls and breathtaking scenery right in my backyard! The vegetation in Polk County will connect any person's soul back to nature." Her mission is to address concerns above and beyond a simple generic massage. Ashley is currently working in Asheville and Saluda. She is able to schedule an appointment in a private studio or house calls around the Saluda area. Her types of massages are below. For rates and to schedule an appointment with Ashley, call or email, Phone (919)-673-5303, Email Click here to read more about Ashley.

  • Therapeutic Sports & Trigger Point:
  • Swedish Flow
  • Decompression of Spinal Muscles:
  • Reflexology
  • Lymphatic Draining
  • Acupressure


A Note from Amy

I'll make orange socks
For the wearing, dreary days
To make my toes smile

We're getting a jump on our holiday gifting, why don't you join us? We've put together a month of gifts geared for speed and ease-each project is designed to be finished in a single class session. Each class is just $15 plus materials but register for all 5 and pay only $55!


It's Christmas in July! Register now and make:

Cambrian Cowl

Magnetica Mitts

Gimli Slouch Hat

Farmer Maggot's Mushroom Basket
Duffers Felted Slippers


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


Click here to see class schedule.


Online registration now open.


55 Robin Lane, Saluda NC 28773 | 828.749.3640


Cabin Fever  

The summer is off to a great start at Cabin Fever! We have been filling up fast, so if you were unable to stay with us due to availability issues, we apologize, but please book in advance, especially for the summer months!


We hope that everyone is having a great summer so far. We had our first (of several) multi-day family reunions on site. This group even held a really fun scavenger hunt and decorated bird houses with found objects from nature. What a great idea for a family- a fun activity for all ages! The cabins are great for families that want to spend time together, but also have their own private place to retreat to after all the activities.  


We are excited to announce that Cabin Fever has been recognized by the North Carolina Green Travel Initiative for our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.   We got a rating of two out of three dogwood blossoms, meaning there is still room for improvement. But now that it is official, our guests can really enjoy being green, even on vacation!


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


With the first day of Summer, the heat is on, and it's cooler to wear a little cotton shift dress and linen tops. I also just received a new shipment of colorful tunic tops. All Summer purses are 25 % off and there are always sales on clothing. Stay cool and check out our linens and cottons. 


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.   

The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant

Warm hospitality amidst cool summer breezes defines the experience here in our elegant mountain retreat. Escape the heat of the low country and your day to day stress to our serene, quiet environment. Comfortable rooms and 5 star food with friendly, professional service. Situated less than a mile from downtown Saluda and it's charming shops and wonderful restaurants, there is much to do in our area whether you're an adventure seeker, antique collector, wine or beer lover, or just want to indulge in chillaxation on our outdoor porch or terrace. Check out our summer adventure package and stay 2 nights in a cozy cottage with Jacuzzi tub and a fabulous breakfast each morning and your choice of: The Gorge Zip Line Canopy Adventure, Big or Little Bradley Waterfall Rappel, or Kayak on the Upper Green River. Also included in the package is a bottle of red or white wine or 6-pack of Sierra Navada Nooner Beer and gourmet picnic lunch for 2. Pricing: Weekday - $660 / Weekend - $750.


***Subtract $130 to change to a queen bedroom upstairs in the Inn
***Add a second adventure for only an additional $75 per person


We also have a summer special on couples massage. Stay 2 nights anytime this Summer and get a $40 voucher toward our fabulous in-house his & her treatment.  


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

The Haunted Saluda

Over our eight years as the owners and hosts of Saluda's premier Victorian Bed and Breakfast, we have learned to expect certain behavior from our guests. The majority of the telephone inquiries we receive on a daily basis are usually along the lines of, "What are your rates?" Or, "What will you serve for breakfast?"


Recently, we have been getting a different kind of caller: "Good morning, The Oaks Bed and Breakfast," is our customary and cheerful greeting. "Is your inn haunted?" the voice at the other end will question with a gentle curiosity. Our standard response is to answer their question, with another question, "Do you need it to be?"


Truth be told, there have been the occasional unexplained phenomenon since having taken possession of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast in 2007 - the unexpected flash of light (reflected from a passing car), or a repetitious tapping (the limb of a tree thumping against the house), or the spiced aroma of pipe tobacco (unexplained).  


We understand that we have had occasional guests that possess a heightened sensitivity to such paranormal activity and they will share their experiences with other guests over breakfast. As Donna and I have spent more time in this house than most, we find these stories fascinating.


If there is a paranormal presence in this historic home, it is a benevolent spirit and we feel loved and protected. It is a joyous energy that welcomes the happiness of those who visit.

This summer, experience the most beautifully restored Victorian home in the mountains. Call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for reservations, or visit .


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:


Coon Dog Day Specials
*Official Coon Dog Day T-shirt
*Coon Dog Day Cap and Visor
*Ward's Grill Open till 4:00pm on Coon Dog Day.
*Back Alley Barn open until 8:00pm with cash bar, food and music.

In July

During the month of July come by and purchase fresh local produce, hand cut steaks, fresh ground chuck, boneless pork loin and Sam's homemade rotisserie salad. Remember to pick up homemade pimento cheese-regular and hot, cornbread salad, cole slaw and potato salad. We now have Charlie's Sage Sausage frozen for you sausage lovers who have to travel back home and want to take a pound or two. Come check out our fine selection of cold beer and wine, and try an Izzie with a cold bottle of champagne, a great way to beat the summer heat.

We have a great selection of cold drinks and how about some ice cream or gelato. Add a fresh made frozen fruit cobbler, just made "peach, strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry." Also we are now carrying Mrs. Hanes Artichoke Relish, Van's Chocolates, Buttercup Cottage's Ole Mule BBQ sauce, Hogback Mtn. BBQ, and the best Thompson's Store jams, jellies, dressings, cider, and more. 

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

Remember Thompson's Store is open on Sunday's, 11am to 4pm.

Stop by the Grill for the best Burger, CJ Burger, Hot Dog, fries, and to beat the heat, the girls make the best milkshakes. The grill is open Monday -Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday 6:30am to 3:00pm. On Saturday come and sit out back on the deck and have lunch with us.

Note from Judy Ward and Clark Thompson
Thank you for the past five years that Clark and I have owned this historic business. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you. 



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 Outdoor Patio! 

Come visit our new outdoor patio! We have eight new picnic tables on our patio called the Barking Lot! We have plenty of water bowls and hooks for leashes so bring your pets!


We have new hours! Open 7 days a week and the patio remains open until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday nights!  So come out and enjoy a snack and cold beer under the stars!


Coon Dog Day we will have Jammin JP play your favorite music on our patio Saturday night! He will be playing anything you want from country, shag, new and old music.


We still offer our daily special for $5.99 weekdays and they can change weekly so check them out.   


We have some great local drafts on tap from Pisgah Brewery, Catawba, Highland, French Broad to name a few.  They are changing weekly also!  We also have PBR and Narragansett for $1.75!


A big hit and new addition to the menu is our Charlie Ward Sausage Dip stuffed in Jalepenos!

Makes your mouth happy! If you haven't tried the Grit Fritters you should give them a try! Creamy sphere's of greatness! 


July 4 We hope to see you soon! Open on 4th of July!


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

Sunday's 12-8pm!


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    

Wow -- summer arrived June 21 and it is serious about the Hot Days of Summer!  It's wonderfully cool in the courtyard at Wildflour every morning and air-conditioned in the dining room for your comfort the rest of the day. 

Check out the new Salad of the Season this month.  Everybody's favorite Taco Salad is fresh, fun and festive.


....PEACHES, PEACHES,PEACHES --- and that's all I have to say about that!


July 4 Wildflour will be open Friday, July 3 (including pizza from 5 - 8pm) and all day July 4 (8am - 3pm)  


Our new summer hours:  

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



July Hours:

Open 10 AM till 6:00 PM every day and 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.    

~Sale Section!  Check out the rotating sale area and stock up on favorite wines.~


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 

Random Arts & Apparel at the corner of Louisiana & Ozone is now open Tues. - Sat. 10am - 5pm throughout the summer, however...we will be closed on Coon Dog Day.


Stop by and see our new selection of Bamboo fiber tops & leggings, pants & tunics... which means a cooler summer for you in this breathable fabric. 


Huge Savings for you on our 40-50% off summer clearance rack. You'll find many items priced as low as $6.00. Supply is limited.


40% off ALL of our scarves in stock. Choose from lightweight cottons, colorful rayon, lacey accents, infinity, cottons and jersey.


We've got leggings! Funky, fun, colorful and best of all...affordably priced! 


Phone: 828-749-1165


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:  



macon bank

What happens if you believe you've been a victim of identity theft?



The Federal Trade Commission has a new website which offers step-by-step checklists of what to do right away, and what to do next, depending on the information that's been stolen or exposed. It lists warning signs indicating your identity was stolen, and gives websites and phone numbers for organizations you'll need to reach. And, it has sample letters for disputing fraudulent charges, correcting information in your credit reports, and getting business records relating to the theft.


Check out as your first line of defense against identity theft.


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   


Mineral Spirits Rock Gallery has acquired a wonderful selection of this great Polychrome Jasper from Madagascar. It's gorgeous and colorful...a rock that wows everyone. We have it in spheres, polished free forms, roughs, pebbles, large and small...a specimen for everybody. Come by the shop and learn how Jaspers contribute to all facets of our lives.


We carry lots of rocks from's one of our favorite sources as Madagascar produces some of the most beautiful rocks in the world...literally. We have Labradorite, Celestite, Polychrome Jasper, Carnelian, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Kabamba Jasper, Green Opals, Ocean Jasper, Peach and Black Moonstone, Graphic Feldspar (a blend of Feldspar and Smoky Quartz), Ammonites and Spirit Quartz (Clear Quartz covered with tiny crystals called Drusy). Madagascar is about the size and shape of California and is mineral rich...producing a plethora of fabulous rocks and minerals. They are among my favorites and I'm sure you'll agree after seeing them in the shop.


July, like each month of the year, has specific rocks and minerals that relate to it. These rocks and minerals support the healthy balance of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of those born in July. That list of 20 or so rocks include Aventurine, the Calcites, Carnelian and Chrysocolla to name a few. Unlike birthstones that are connected to the astrological birthdays, "affinities" are rocks and minerals that have a connection to our organs, our chakras, our physical and metaphysical health. It's a broader spectrum of rocks that work on all four aspects of the human experience. We have resource books in the shop that any customer can use to learn more about rocks and minerals and their metaphysical properties. We also sell copies of the books we offer for shop use so you can have your own reference at home.


Kids are always welcome at Mineral Spirits and we love the opportunity to teach them about the world of rock collecting. It's a wonderful hobby that's healthy, interesting and can last your entire lifetime. The Earth has produced over 4,000 rocks and minerals over millions of years and new deposits are being discovered all the time. It's an awesome experience to be in a home or office that's displaying beautiful creations of Nature, knowing that the Earth is producing such a magnificent gift for us to enjoy.

Mineral Spirits is open seven days a week to teach you, learn with you, and discover the magic that grows at our feet...the world of rock collecting. Please stop by the shop anytime. We have over 250 different specimens of rocks and minerals from all over the world...each hand picked for the highest quality...even a $4.00 rock is gorgeous and splendid on it's own. We've helped lots of customers begin their journey of collecting and we would love to become one of your favorite places to be. We're in the heart of Main Street between the Saluda Grade Café and Ward's Grill. Look for the rocks in the window! Hope to see you soon.


Located at 38 Main St. 828-749-4420.  

Saluda's Antique & Vintage Show

We are excited about our first Annual Antique & Vintage Show to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We invite everyone to attend this event whether you are an avid collector of antiques or just enjoy looking at things from the past.

Quality Dealers from across the state will bring a wide assortment of antiques, memorabilia, furniture, collectibles, glassware, pottery, jewelry, vintage clothing, repurposed & retro items. Something for everyone will be at this event, not to mention all that our Historic Main Street has to offer, including antiques and gift shops, galleries, ice cream parlors, and restaurants.


After a long day of antiquing, you might consider staying the night to enjoy our Cruise-In for a Cause on Sunday afternoon September 27, 2015, from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.


For more information about these events or a vendor application to be a part of the Antique & Vintage Show contact the City of Saluda at 828-749-2581 or Tangie Morgan at 828-749-1514.

Cruise-In for a Cause

Historic Downtown Main Street, Saluda, NC, would like to invite everyone to attend Saluda's Cruise-In For A Cause on Sunday,   September 27, 2015, from 12:00 noon until 4:00p.m.


Visiting Historic Saluda, North Carolina is like taking a step back in time. We have two of the oldest general stores in North Carolina, both listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Downtown offers a charming row of quaint shops, galleries, ice cream parlors, and restaurants.  


We are raising funds for public restrooms, so dash plaques will be sold to raise money for this cause. Bring the family to enjoy music and to stroll down memory lane. Show off your vehicle or view the ones on display. All makes and models are welcome to attend. A limited number of dash plaques available so registration is recommended. Call Tangie at 828-749-1514.

Saluda Business Association Membership

sba If you aren't a member of the SBA, then this is a chance to become a member and take advantage of all the opportunities to promote your business.  Deadline for membership is July 31, 2015. For more information, please contact Marianne Blazer at 828-749-5471, email, or Catherine Ross at


"This is a one of the best times ever to join an active organization that promotes the best of Saluda's culture, outdoors, and heritage.  With the new Tryon Resort/International Equestrian Center just down the road, Saluda businesses will have an opportunity to attract the many tourists and travelers who will be looking for places to eat, shop, and stay while in the area," says Sara Bell, president of the Saluda Business Association.


"Being a member of SBA has given us knowledge and information, an opportunity of exchanging ideas, keeping abreast of new developments and gearing up for changes, and insights in tourism that we would not have had otherwise. For us, moving to a new place and starting a new business, SBA is a most worthwhile resource." Marc & Marianne Blazer, The Orchard Inn.


"As a founding member of the SBA, I have valued the opportunity to share new ideas, participate in business opportunities and promote friendships through this organization for many years.  As a group, our voice can be heard, our advertising money can reach farther and our joint efforts can achieve so much more.  Membership for any small business will be one of your best investments."  Debi Thomas, Wildflour Bakery 


Please visit to learn more about the SBA.

Saluda Faces
Cindy Tuttle

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    


What was once my grandparents' farm still sits at the intersection of Esseola Drive and the Howard Gap Road. During my childhood, the house sat up on a hillside surrounded by hemlocks, huge hardwood trees and an abundance of boxwoods and a multitude of flowers.  


The house, built sometime in the 1800's, sits on a foundation of stone that my grandmother claimed came from the first post office in Saluda. An old cabin on the property, turned into a pack house, was said to be older than the house itself, which is not surprising since the original road bed for the Howard Gap Road cuts through the pasture. As a child, the most exciting thing about traveling to Saluda was the anticipation as we drove up from Charlotte, especially once we got on Hwy 176 and started climbing the mountain. My dad loved to take the curves with swift precision, all the while proclaiming his mountain heritage and cursing those without such. Not long after topping the mountain, we'd turn into my grandparents' driveway, lined with white rock and bordered by a white cross buck fence and apple trees. The house always smelled musty and old. It was packed with antiques and wreaked of the past. My dad's boyhood room was one of two rooms located upstairs. What a joy it was to get to sleep in that beaded board room, still full of his books and momentos from childhood. Now I must admit, I had a concern about that room. You see there was a small door with a wooden latch that opened into an attic room with very low ceilings. It was full of old trunks, clothes, furniture, and oh, let's not forget the fairies. You see, I loved to stay in that room as long as my parents were across the hall because late at night the fairies pushed that door open and came out to play. My dad's bedroom window looked out across the mountains. In the summer the window was usually open to catch the gentle breezes. I loved to listen for the silence, especially at night, so pure my ears would ring. The only interruptions were the occasional whippoorwill or the gentle tinkle of a cow bell. It was actually so quiet that I could sometimes hear the fairies as they rustled about as I lay in bed imagining that attic door slowing opening all by itself.  


The farm is still there, but the mountain behind it is forever altered by the presence of I-26 and so is the purity of the silence. However, the wonderful memories of visiting my grandparents, Raymond and Kathleen Stephenson, during the summers, holidays and especially at Christmastime have remained pure and full of enchantment. My dad, Joe Stephenson, loved Saluda. He loved to take me on long hikes all over the hills and hollers of my grandparents' farm, and though my dad has long since passed, Saluda will always be our special place.


When asked to write this article, I was told to tie in the book I recently co-authored, Images of America: Saluda. It sort of seems like destiny that this book project was put in my lap or perhaps it could be described as a responsibility. My grandmother made sure that I had a basic understanding of her side of the family tree. I sensed early on she was a major link to some of Saluda's oldest families, though she never quite put it that way. She was more concerned that I know which side of the Pace family tree our branch was on, though we descended from the original Paces that arrived in Paces Gap in the very earliest days, like all the other Paces from Saluda. When Saluda, N.C. One Hundred Years 1881-1981 by Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace

came out in print, she sat with me as I took a pencil and put notations by our family members' pictures as she explained how we were related to them. She was quick to point out that she provided many pictures for the book because her father, OB Garren, was a professional photographer who took many of the earliest photos of Saluda. Her grandparents, Ransom Woodruff Pace (not to be confused with the one who had 29 children) and Emily Gilbert Pace, operated the Pace House, which once sat on the old drover's trail, where Autumn Care now sits. Ransom's parents, Moses and Margaret Barclay Pace operated it before him. Moses was the son of Burrell Pope Pace who is buried in the oldest grave in the old Mountain Page Cemetery with 1816 as a date of death.  


It was Robert Pace who filled in the details of my grandfather's side of the family. Since my grandfather died when I was very young, the information had been a little sketchy. However, since Robert and my grandfather were first cousins on the Guice side of the family, he provided me with extensive information that confirmed that Peter Guice, for whom the Green River Bridge is named, is my fourth great grandfather. I've also confirmed that those tree roots wrapped around more than one family on the Saluda tree. Surnames my grandmother had only hinted at have been confirmed, including Heatherly, Morris, Justice, Corn, Woodruff, McMinn and many more names with ties to Western NC. Though not surprising, more than a few times the ole family tree branches crossed on the Pace side.


None of the surviving members of my more immediate family live in Saluda today, though my husband and daughter have come to love the place almost as much as I do. For now, I don't have the pleasure of living there full-time but am very fortunate to be able to be there part-time. Our house turned one-hundred years old this year and Robert Pace once told me folks used to call it the "orange box" because it was built by summer people from Florida. The William Edgerton family lived there the longest in more recent years, and no, we aren't related to them, but they were family friends, which is just fine by me. One thing hasn't changed though; the fairies have set up residence at our house, though this time in a nearby tree. When it's really quiet at night, they rustle about, just to let me know they're still around.  


Cindy Stephenson Tuttle is the current chair and founder of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) and HSC Oral History Committee and serves on the Saluda Historic Depot Board. She co-authored Images of America: Saluda through Arcadia Publishing Company with Mary Ann Hester, member of the HSC. A resident of Saluda part-time, she resides in King, NC full-time where she is the executive director of Stokes Partnership for Children. She is married to Brad and has a daughter named Anastasia. They hope to live in Saluda full-time one day.

Summer Tracks
Summer Tracks 16th Season Continues July 3
With Peggy Ratusz's Love Letter Tribute To Bonnie Raitt



The 16th season of Tryon's most popular summer event - Summer Tracks - continues on Friday, July 3 with "Love Letter: Peggy Ratusz Pays Tribute to Bonnie Raitt." Sponsored by Heartwood Gallery and The Purple Onion, the show begins at 7 p.m. at Rogers Park.

Last year Peggy created a memorable tribute to the music of Linda Ronstadt that won praise from audiences throughout the area. This year, Ratusz has brought together some of Asheville's finest instrumentalists to pay tribute to the queen of bottleneck Blues and her number one musical influence, Bonnie Raitt.


Raitt's legacy is both broad and wide. Her incredibly versatile talent crosses Blues, Folk, Roots, Pop, Rock and Soul genres. Raitt's unique voice is one that every female blues vocalist tries to capture with that magic between growl and soulful melody. The incredible artists she's shared the stage with and accompanied throughout her long career range from Aretha Franklin to Howlin' Wolf, from Elvis Costello to Norah Jones, from BB King and Buddy Guy to Bryan Adams and John Prine.


"Love Letter" is a powerful, exciting and nostalgic combination of Raitt's classic hits and Ratusz's Bonnie Raitt favorites. Tonight's band features on slide, resonator, electric and acoustic guitars Mike Barnes and Jonathan Pearlman; Aaron Price on keys; Michael Hynes on bass; and Patrick Armitage on drums, plus some surprise guests.

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

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


Weaving Common Threads in Saluda


Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was an American photographer, best known for her dignified portraits of the people of Appalachia, particularly craftsmen and musicians. After becoming a professional photographer, she documented rural people throughout the South, particularly mountaineers of the Southern Highlands as well as the Gullahs of the Sea Islands. She was working in Asheville almost up to her death in August. Her collection of photography is housed in the University of Oregon libraries.


One of her photographs, probably taken around 1931 - 1933, shows long-time Saluda residents Edward (Ned) and Sarah Owen Anderson who were weavers of hand-hooked rugs. At the time of the photo the Andersons were living in Mars Hill, NC.  Later they moved to Saluda where they operated a small dairy farm on Warrior Mountain for a few years, and several of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren still reside in our community. One of their sons, Eugene, recently passed away on June 11, 2015, leaving one surviving sibling, Paul of Darlington, SC.


John Owen Anderson, the eldest son from this family of five boys and three girls, and my oldest sister Ruth were married in 1943 in Spartanburg after riding a passenger train from Saluda along with my mother and one other person as witnesses. The newlyweds moved to Groton, Connecticut where John served as a submariner. After being released from service at the end of World War all, John rarely spoke about his sub being subjected to depth charges by Nazis wolf packs along with the associated terror.


Following his military discharge the couple returned to Saluda and lived for several years in a very small log cabin without electricity or running water, located just down the valley from the main Anderson house. Memories of spending nights with them on occasion as a 6- and 7-year-old are still fairly vivid. Activities such as playing or reading by kerosene lanterns and going to the nearby spring to retrieve a jug of fresh milk from the ice-cold water still remain fond memories. 


Another pioneering hooked-rug weaver having local ties was Mrs. Lillian Mills Mosseller, a descendant of the famous Ambrose Mills who was hanged after the Battle of King's Mountain for siding with the British. She was also the niece of Columbus Mills for whom Polk County's seat of government got its name.


For many years she worked in concert with her artist son Ronald, a resident of Tryon, to create masterpieces. Some of their rugs were placed in such prominent places as the Hall of the First Ladies at the Smithsonian Institution, the dining room of the Virginia Governor's Mansion, the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, and the reception room of WBTV in Charlotte.


From the late '40s to the very early '50s Mrs. Mosseller and son had their rug operation in the building adjoining the west side of what is now called Pace Park. My mother worked for them in 1950 - 1951 as a part-time rug clipper before the business was moved to Tryon. Two of the rugs that she helped produce have been passed down to me, and while used in our home as everyday rugs, still show very little wear and tear.


In 1993 a group of thirteen highly talented country and western artists paid tribute to the  popular country rock group of the '70s know as The Eagles by recording on a new CD their own versions of hit songs first made popular by the group. Songs like Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feelings, Heartache Tonight, Take It To The Limit, Tequila Sunrise, Best of My Love, and Lying Eyes--along with six of their other country-rock hits--were re-vocalized by equally famous names such as Travis Tritt, Little Texas, John Anderson, Clint Black, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Brooks and Dunn, and Lorrie Morgan.


The title of the CD was Common Thread - Songs of the Eagles. Quite interestingly, the cover photo used on the CD booklet is the same one of the Andersons that I referenced earlier in this article, taken from the Ulmann Collection.


Finally, it should be noted that Hub Middleton was briefly employed by the Mossellers during their time of operation in Saluda.


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

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