Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
August 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
Brown Bag
Pig Out
Saluda Historic Depot
Storytellers Wanted
Holiday Gallery
Saluda Tailgate
Chloe Found
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Book Club at Saluda Center
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
The Porpoise Room
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Richard Baker Art Exhibit
Top of the Grade Concerts
Shop & Eat Local
Saluda Scoop
Summer Reading
Green River Games
Antique & Vintage Show
Cruise-In for a Cause
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Summer Tracks
Tryon Arts
TEDx Talks
I Remember 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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New on the Market!


Built on solid rock, this mountain paradise features wide open space with floor to ceiling windows letting in the beauty of mountain views. Quality built, custom home featuring truss and beam ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace, and extra room for grandkids and guests. Adjacent to Falls Landing water fall and community pool. 2 master suites on main level, 2 bedroom/loft areas, and fam/rec room in basement, MLS#589420, Offered at $425,000


This 50's brick rancher was built in an era when quality,casual,one-level homes became popular. Solidly built and quality are the hallmarks of this country rancher.Unfinished basement offers storage or finish for family/rec space. 3BR, 1.5 BA, 3 Ac, MLS#589194, $184,000


Charming cabin in the woods with creek. Move-in ready. Adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands and the Green River. MLS#588743, $118,000


Quality log cabin offers stunningly beautiful views of the protected Green River Gorge. Enjoy total privacy in nature, open floor plan, exposed beams, split bedroom plan, low maintenance yard with space for gardening, three decks for meditating and taking in the view.  Hike out your back door to the Green River. MLS#589729m $314,000


Charming new log cabin with metal roof nestled into quiet woods with just the sound of song birds. Perfect get away cabin with just enough space all on the main level. Covered porch partially screened great for sitting and viewing wildlife all around. Adjoins conservancy property. MLS#588908, $157,800



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


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

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.  

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

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land


Mountain Vista

Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $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, $39,900, MLS#569729    


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607

REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $70,000, MLS#510462

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

$70,000, MLS#484526

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

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

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, $15,000

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


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


Looking for a Spring/Summer Vacation Retreat?
  Click here to download this list of referral properties.
 (Please contact property owners directly.) 
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 July 31, 2015). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      27         4    

Homes 2014      17         0       


Land 2015          9          1                           

Land 2014          6          1  


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes

Saluda - 1 property 

Polk County - 2 properties  

Henderson County - 26               


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.


Mid Year Report

Good News in Saluda Real Estate!

Existing home sales are up 41% over last year for the same time period, while median sold prices are up 10%.  The average sold price is $218,591and number of days on the market has decreased 13%. Click here to see the full report. 

Saluda Service Directory
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Duke Energy Foothills Modernization Links
MountainTrue Calls for Duke Energy to Justify WNC "Modernization" Plan


Duke Energy has rolled out a so-called "Modernization" Plan that doubles down on fossil fuels and threatens to disrupt hundreds of property owners, sensitive habitats, and the visual beauty of the southern Western North Carolina mountains. Duke claims that, to keep the lights on in WNC, we need both a bigger fossil-fueled power plant and new high-voltage transmission lines at a price around a billion dollars. It seems to us that instead of choosing the most economically and environmentally viable solution, Duke is overbuilding all of their infrastructure, and we call on the utility to justify the need for this plan over alternatives.


Duke's plan will impact WNC for years to come, and Duke has not sufficiently justified its requests with data, or indicated that it considered other alternatives that would reduce impacts to people and the environment and reduce WNC's reliance on fossil fuels.  Duke has made broad statements of need, but so far has not released any detailed analysis demonstrating the need for both of these large, expensive projects.


Notably, Duke has failed to show why such a large investment in fossil fuels is the best choice for our region rather than first unlocking the full potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce and meet growing electricity demand. Energy efficiency is already the lowest cost solution to reduce demand, and the levelized cost of utility scale solar photovoltaics and other renewable energy technologies are rapidly approaching that of combined cycle gas without the negative health and environmental consequences.  Duke has also failed to provide a lifecycle cost comparison for upgrading existing transmission lines, or utilizing underground lines, which may cost less in the long-run when maintenance is considered.


Similarly, Duke's answers to questions about the relationship between the size of the new gas plant and the need for additional transmission have not been on point and only add to the public confusion.  Likewise, Duke should address whether the proposed lines impact the ability to import cleaner renewable energy from other parts of the state and country into WNC.  Duke is guaranteed a rate of return on all capital investments, and has a profit incentive to build both of these large projects.  All of these factors should be examined together, again, to ensure Duke is proposing the least impactful project both in terms of the environment and rates.  


Today we call on Duke Energy to provide a comprehensive, detailed analysis justifying these investments and weighing all the options available, including additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, in order to prove that the current WNC "Modernization" Plan is the best for our environment and communities and makes the most economic sense for ratepayers.    


In the absence of this analysis, and by locking WNC into a fossil fuel future with these oversized projects, this plan really appears to be a backward-looking "Fossilization" plan rather than a true "Modernization" plan.   


About MountainTrue

Through a focus on sensible land use, forest health, and water quality, MountainTrue  

advocates for policies that allow people and the environment to thrive. MountainTrue unleashes the power of people's voices to protect the natural heritage of our region through knowledge, action and collaboration. We convene key partners - nonprofit and community groups, government, and private industry - to devise the best strategies to improve the quality of development and preserve the unique rural character of our region.  611 N. Church Street, Suite 101 Hendersonville, NC 28792 Phone (828) 692-0385. 

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)


Green River Games - Extreme multisport event September 5-6. 

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, August 4 at 10am at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, August 4 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, August 5 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 will not meet in August.


Top of the Grade concert on Ella Grace Mintz Stage at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park, Friday, August 14, 7pm to 9 pm. Rain or shine....move to Pavilion if rain.

Women's Club will meet Tuesday, August 11 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, August 20, 6pm at the Saluda Center. 

Saluda Garden Club will meet August 17 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, August 31 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.
Brown Bag

Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!


One of the members of the Brown Bag Program at Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda was volunteering at Thermal Belt Outreach Ministries in Columbus when one of the managers of the Thermal Belt food pantry came over and said: "I have to tell you that I overheard one of our families telling another family about Transfiguration's Bag Program in Saluda and that it had really helped her family when they were unable to find transportation to Thermal Belt and I was not surprised that you were up to good!"


Being "up to good" is really at the heart of Transfiguration's Brown Bag program, which provides a free supplemental bag of groceries to anyone in need on the third Friday of every month. Almost everyone knows someone, whether an individual or a family, who could use a free bag of groceries every now and then. This is especially true during the summer months when schools and their food programs are not in operation.


The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.


Forty percent of our school children in Saluda live at or below the poverty line according to national statistics. It is the intent of the Brown Bag program to help these children and anyone else in need by providing a free supplemental bag of groceries once a month. Most of us know someone who could benefit from the Brown Bag program. We may just not know that we know it! So take a look around at the folks with whom you come in contact and see if there is a need. The Brown Bag program does not take names, no questions are asked and no paperwork is filled out. Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.

Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
September 12, 2015, 5-7pm


The Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at McCreery Park in downtown Saluda.


To honor Charlie, once again, the free meal of barbecue, beans, slaw, drinks, and desserts will be served to the sound of pigout Mountain Roots Band with Jeff Hayes who will perform on the Top of The Grade stage. Be sure to bring a chair to sit in the park and enjoy the music after eating your barbecue.


Generous donations in the past have allowed everyone to be invited to the Pig Out at no charge.  Your help is still needed!  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Saluda Pig Out and take it to Macon Bank at 108 Main Street in Saluda or to Judy Ward at Thompson's Store, or mail it to Saluda Pig Out; P. O. Box 265; Saluda NC 28773.  You may also make a donation as you enjoy your meal at the Pig Out!


The Saluda Historic Depot will be holding the drawing at the Pig Out for the golf cart that is a fundraiser to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot. $25 tickets can be purchased at the Saluda Historic Depot, Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 4pm, Duck Alley, or Thompson's/Ward's Grill.


Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to another great Pig Out on September 12!


Pets are not allowed in the Pavilion area.


This is a rain or shine event!


Don't forget to bring a dessert.


charlie Charlie Ward
July 1, 1920 - August 1, 200

Saluda Historic Depot

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


This is a street-ready cart (after showing proof of insurance and getting permit) and proceeds will go toward the purchase of the Saluda Historic Depot.


The Saluda Historic Depot is now open Thursday through 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.


Call for Storytellers for Saluda Train Tales
The Saluda Historic Depot is kicking off Saluda Train Tales starting in September. This will be a monthly series of storytelling at the depot once a month on Friday starting at 7pm.  The first Saluda Train Tales will be Friday, September 18 at 7pm.

This is a free event and we hope everyone will plan to attend.

Anyone who would like to be a "storyteller" and tell a train story, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or email at, or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or email
Call for Artists for Saluda Holiday Gallery
Saluda Historic Depot
The Saluda Historic Depot will hold a Saluda Holiday Gallery during November and December, 2015 that will be open to the public Friday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.

Local artists and craftspeople are encouraged to apply for one of the 13 spaces available by September 1, 2015.  Booth space will be $65/month or $120 if you book a space for both months in advance.

You can download an entry form here or pick one up at Thompson's Store or Cathy Jackson Realty.

For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or email at, or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or email

Saluda Tailgate Market

May -October Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm 


Is there anything prettier than a bountiful mid-July market in western North Carolina? It is a feast for the eyes and soul as well as the pallet! Join us and celebrate all this rich beautiful region has to offer. Take home summer veggies, herbs, fish, pork, beef, goat cheese, eggs, baked goods, fruit, flowers, plants, and amazing gourmet goat-milk gelato. Charles Owens came with a truck full of peaches last week. This week promises even more fruit with new vendor Cheryl McCraw from Rock Ridge Farm bringing blueberries, apples, peaches and table grapes. Check out what the vendors will be bringing and make your list.


Please remember we make West Main one way during market hours for safety and ease of parking. It is in from the top and out at the bottom if you are driving with parking facing down on both sides. We will not be dog sitting this year so please leave your dogs at home or ask them to wait in the truck. And please, please, slow down and watch for shoppers and children.


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

Chloe is Found!

July 21,2015


Mayor Fred Baisden

6 E Main St.

Saluda, NC 28773


Dear Mayor Baisden,


We are writing to express our gratitude to the good people of Saluda who were so concerned about our dog, Chloe, lost in Saluda during Coon Dog Day, and who helped us search for her in so many ways. The police patrolled regularly, citizens walked their neighborhoods looking for her, and merchants and restaurants put our posters in the windows gladly. We received calls from people who saw her, which helped us focus our search area. There were many kind words of concern and reassurances that we badly needed as we searched for her all week. A resident of Laurel Drive, Sandy Brockington, offered us the use of her driveway where we set up food, a clothing item with our scent, and an animal camera to see if Chloe was visiting there at night.


On Sunday morning,7/19, we received a phone call from two young ladies, Katrina Thissen and Cassandra Nelson who were having breakfast at Wildflour. They were able to get a leash on her and call us. We dashed over and about collapsed with joy upon seeing our Chloe.


Katrina and Cassandra declined to accept our $500.00 reward. However, they suggested we offer it to the Saluda United Methodist Church for use in the Welcome Table program. We have mailed the check to Rev Parsons.


Again, our thanks to the wonderful community of Saluda,





Maureen and Doug DiRienzo

Hendersonville, NC


Cc: Rev Parsons


CityCity Notes


2015 City Tax Bill
Many citizens have received their annual tax bill for 2015. This is a reminder that Polk County is now billing and collecting for the City of Saluda taxes, as well as county taxes. Due to this you will see both taxes on one bill. Polk County is now accepting all payments and questions concerning current taxes. For questions about prior years taxes, you should call the City of Saluda 828-749-2581.

The Polk County Tax Office is now located at 51 Walker Street in Columbus. The business hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Telephone 828-894-8500.



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 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 August calendar.  For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.   


The Saluda Center Book Club invites you to join in the discussion of the book by Cheryl Strayed, WILD, on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 2 PM at the Center.


Saluda single women

potluck dinner will be on Thurs,. Aug. 20.


Tupperware Party - Fundraiser for Saluda Center, August 29, 3pm.  


Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Aug. 31 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 Club at Saluda Center

The Saluda Center Book Club invites you to join in the discussion of the book by Cheryl Strayed, WILD, and view the movie on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 2 PM at the Center.


At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything.  In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.  Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life.  With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she would do it alone.  Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

Believe it or not, the Christmas holidays will be here before we know it.  "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" will be the theme for decorating the Saluda Library for the Christmas Stroll and rest of the holiday season. Last Christmas the theme was "A Very Merry Beary Christmas" using all sizes of teddy bears.


As you start to think about what holiday decorations you have, please let me know of any angels of any size and material that you can safely donate to the Saluda Library for decorations from 1st week in December through 1st week in January.


Please contact Anita Moore at, 828-749-3335.

Tribal Bellydance

Tribal belly dance classes at the Saluda Center will take a summer break during the month of August. We will be back on September 2, same schedule: Wednesdays, 6:00, Level 1, and 7:15, Level 2. 


This is a wonderful form of exercise for the brain as well as the body whether or not you want to be a "dancer." Come to the 6:00pm class on September 2 to find out what you have been missing!  


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:


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

#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.


Walks in the Woods

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


For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or


August 2 - Big Bradley Falls

This is an exploratory approach to Bradley Falls from Green River Cove Road.  We will park at a sportsman's parking area off Green River Cove Road and proceed up Cove Creek to approach the falls from below, rather than from above.  This will be strenuous and will require water shoes as well as some rock hopping expertise.  Not for the novice!

August 16 - Saluda Mountain section of the Palmetto Trail

This will be a moderate to strenuous walk with options for four to nine miles and two to four miles.  Jim Kelly, Assistant Upstate Trail Coordinator, Palmetto Trail, will lead this excursion.  Water, snack, and proper foot ware are essential.  Carpool coordination will be important.

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, August 5 at 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 meet on Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saluda Library. Local glass artist, Susan Cannon will hold a workshop to make garden art. We will carpool to her studio. Since there is limited space, members should sign up by August 12th by responding to our reminder e-mail. Guests should contact Karen McGee at 749-2530 to get on a wait list. There will be a $10 fee to cover material costs. Bring an old kitchen knife to be used as a stake. 


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

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 meet 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.
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)


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.)
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School Events 


Meet Your Teachers - August 20 in the cafeteria from 2:00-4:00pm


First Day of School - August 24  8:10am-3:10pm


Call 828-749-5571 to register new students for the 2015-2016 school year.


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



August 5 at 10am: Gaming! 
Play board games and Nintendo Wii U!


Thanks to all who participated in 2015 Summer Reading! You have until August 21 to turn in your reading log for a prize. Grand prize drawing winners will be announced August 24. Kids can enter to win a Green River Adventures kayaking trip, a Wilderness Cove tubing trip, and themed prize packs. Teens can enter to win The Gorge ziplining tickets and a Kindle Fire HD 7.

Thank you to the generous organizations who helped make 2015 Summer Reading possible: Friends of the Polk County Public Library, Polk County Community Foundation, Womens Club of Saluda, New View Realty, Green River Adventures, The Gorge Zipline, Feagan Law Firm, Autumn Care, Green River BBQ, Chimney Rock State Park, PRO Physical Therapy, St. Luke's Hospital, Thompson's Store, Wilderness Cove Tubing and Campground, and Wildflour Bakery!


Stay tuned for announcements about our upcoming fall programs.




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.


Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Max McGinnas of Saluda passed away July 15, 2015.

William H. McKee passed away July 14, 2015.
Kudzu, Cicadas, Chiggers--Oh My!

As cicadas sing a chorus of summer love songs, Saluda is deep into summertime. Purple blooms of the Kudzu vine reach down to greet the tops of the tall Sweet Joe Pye and Queen Ann Lace abundantly graces mountain roadsides.


Without proper protection, running through a field of wildflowers or woods may result in picking up a chigger (or red bug) this time of year. These tiny microscopic-sized insects can make cowards out of anyone. As the saying goes, "once bitten, twice shy." Many years ago a product called, "Chigg Away" was actually produced and sold in Saluda. The story goes that the inventor of Chigg Away sold the patent and it is now distributed by a company in Texas. No doubt, most homes in Saluda have a bottle of "Chigg Away" on hand.


Floating down the refreshingly cool and lazy Green River or swimming in one of Saluda's many swimming holes or lakes is what most folks are doing this month. On a breezy day, you will find folks bench sitting under a shady tree in town and enjoying ice cream. Screened, covered front porches with whirling ceiling fans become the gathering place to enjoy a warm summer day.  It's also a good place to sit on a summer evening listening to the cicada's symphony drumming out the night crickets, while watching the flickering of the waning fireflies.  Enjoy the magic music of summer in the mountains. 

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at The Onion in August

Monday - Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday Brunch
11:00 - 3:00


 Live Music in August              

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


August 1 -JPQ Band

Jim Peterman has brought this great blues/jazz band here several times highlighted by his magnificent B3 organ.


August 6 - Keith Davis Trio

Keith filled in at the last minute earlier in the year and we have invited him back with his own trio because he was so great.


August 8 - Charlyhorse

Chuck Johnson returns with his group of outstanding musicians and modern day troubadours who provide Americana roots traditional music at its finest.


August 9 - Sol Driven Train (Sunday Concert) - See below.


August 13 - Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner

Two of our favorites return with wonderful singing and incredible guitar playing.


August 15 - WrennPop

We liked this duo so much earlier this year that we cold not wait to get them back.


August 20 - Darlyne Cain

A singer/songwriter with a jazz/blues style who knows how to keep her audiences happy.


August 22 - The Lonetones

It has been said that this group from Knoxville has "perfected contemporary Appalachian music."


August 27 - Nikki Talley

We are always happy to have this western North Carolina singer here and lucky too

since she spends so much time on the road.


August 29 - Citizen Mojo

Soulfully compelling interpretations of classic and not-so-classic blues, funk, soul, etc.


Music is scheduled by Robert Seiler.



Sol Driven Train

Sunday, August 9 At 7:00 pm


The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on Sunday, August 9 at 7:00 PM. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. . Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.


Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band's playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 6-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion.  Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin' roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the Jam and Americana music scene. Their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of positivity and joy, even while traversing subjects of suffering and death.


"Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party" (Atlanta Creative Loafing).


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

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, August 11, 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

A few spots are still open for Dance Camp for ages 7-10 the week of August 3-7.  Dance Camp is held from 9AM-12 Noon Monday through Friday with an impromptu performance in the studio at 11:30AM on Friday, August 7.  We've got some great activities planned.  Come join the fun and creativity!


Registration for the 2015-2016 academic year is open for classes in introductory ballet/creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary and pointe.  Beginners are always welcome!


Our adult summer schedule continues through Tuesday, August 11.  Beginner ballet is on Mondays at 5:30, and Hot Pop! dance fitness is on Tuesdays at 5:30.  No experience or special shoes necessary.


Thanks to everyone continuing to support the art of dance in our community.  We are READY to begin season six here in Saluda!  Contact the studio to register for camps or classes.  We look forward to you dancing with us soon! 


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 

Visit the Old Chicken House and see artists at work or visit the "Hen's Nest," an indoor yard sale with hidden treasurers. 


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



American Impressionist Society   Jim Carson, Saluda artist, had his painting, "After the Rain in Asheville", accepted to the 16 Annual National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society, held at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct 1-29, with the awards reception on Oct. 15, 2015. Jim was also accepted in the AIS 2012 and 2014 National Exhibitions, which makes him eligible for "Signature" membership in the American Impressionist Society.


1449 paintings were submitted to the AIS show and only 180 were accepted. The American Impressionist Society defines American Impressionism as the concern for light on form, color, and brushstroke. It allows equal latitude between these attributes and recognizes not a single definitive element, but several factors, including high key light and hue, visual breakdown of detail, concern for contemporary life, and cultivation of direct and spontaneous approaches to a subject.


Jim was also recently invited to join Plein Air Painters of the South East, (PAP-SE).

Jim's next Saluda workshop is titled "Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience", on Oct. 22-24. Jim will also have an indoor workshop, through Glynn Visual Arts, in St. Simons, Ga., on Oct 16-17.


Look forward to seeing Jim's work in Saluda in September when he exhibits at the Saluda Historic Depot. 

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

Fall on the Blue Ridge with William Jameson

October 19-23, 2015

Deadline is  September 15, 2015


This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations, have an early "Dutch" lunch at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint.


There is not a more beautiful time to paint the Southern Blue Ridge landscape. Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography.


The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants.


The workshop includes 30 hours of instruction and a "get acquainted" party on Sunday evening. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send in your enrollment form as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made early as it is a  

popular time in the mountains.


For more information please visit or call 828-749-3101. 

Richard Baker Exhibits at Saluda Historic Depot - Opening Reception

An opening reception for an exhibit of Richard Baker's fine art landscapes of the southern Appalachian Mountains will be held Saturday, August 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saluda Historic Depot.


The exhibit, to run through August, will be among upcoming events to raise money for a museum celebrating the town's historical significance as the crest of the steepest mainline railroad grade in the United States. A preview museum of historical items in the depot will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. throughout the summer.


Baker, formerly of Saluda, is a painter of fine art landscapes and portraits and currently has a studio in Asheville's River Arts District. He will exhibit 15 of his landscapes in Saluda, with half of the proceeds from sales being donated to townspeople's efforts to purchase the historic depot building and establish a lasting museum to present the history of Saluda from its beginnings to the present.


"Richard Baker has been a catalyst for bringing Saluda artists together," said Cathy Jackson, Saluda Historic Depot board member," and has always supported the arts in Saluda. We are excited and proud that he is supporting our fundraising efforts by exhibiting his original works and donating up to 50 percent of the sales to Saluda Historic Depot."


Additional art exhibits are planned throughout the year, along with a Holiday Gallery in November and December.


The preview museum contains - among other historic artifacts - lanterns, a mail catcher from a mail car and an original waiting room bench as well as old photographs and a model train display. A retail shop has also been opened in the depot where t-shirts, wood carved trains, prints, books, DVDs and other items are available.


For more information about fundraising efforts and calls for donations and volunteers, visit Details and photos may also be found at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Richard Baker's art may be previewed at His studio is located at 344 Depot St. in the Pink Dog Creative section of Asheville's River Arts District.Like us on Facebook

Top of the Grade Concerts 2015



Gigi Dover and the Big Love will perform at the Top of the Grade summer concerts at Top of the Grade Park in McCreery Park, located in downtown historic Saluda. Friday, August 14, 7pm to 9pm.



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

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.)   

Shop & Eat Local

Why Buy Local? Our Choices Matter

Keep Value in the Local Economy

Buying local is about more than how we spend our dollars; It's about supporting what we value in our community, like fair pay, sustainable agriculture, healthy food, and strong local economies.

Build Community Resilience

Buying local supports a diversity of innovative and interdependent businesses that make it possible for communities to both survive and thrive in good times and bad.

Strengthen Community Ties

Purchasing products made or grown by our neighbors builds relationships that strengthen the economy while creating opportunities for greater civic engagement.

Create the Food System We Want

When we buy local, we exercise our power to change the food system to one that is more transparent and better supports our farms, workers, environment, and the entire community.

Celebrate Our Character and Heritage

Buying local ensures that our farms and local businesses remain vibrant and productive and contribute to preserving our scenic landscape and unique culture.

By Casey Asbill-Beck
Saluda Scoop

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



Gardener's Cottage

Summer Flowers are in!  Stop by to see what is fresh, new and colorful at The Gardener's Cottage.   



The Brass Latch has a sale on summer clothes 10% - 40% off!  It is the hot deal of the summer!  Stop by and see new selections of flowers, soaps and jewelry!  


The Brass Latch and The Gardener's Cottage are located at 181 E Main Street,  next door to Wildflour Bake Shop and Meanwhile, Back in Saluda...all located in Nostalgia Courtyard! Contact them at 828-749-4200. 



Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet, a new sports collectibles and memorabilia shop is now open 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 offers 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.


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


Property Caretaking Services

Licensed & Insured ~ References Available

 Let Meanwhile, Back in Saluda take the worries out of Property Caretaking for your Saluda property. Thirteen Years Experience in Saluda! Our specialty is the out-of-town property owner.   Currently we help property owners from Spain, Germany, England and many places in the U.S.  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, supervise other workers, photos of work-in-progress, and we can arrange the services of others (such as electrical and plumbing work). We offer services called "Step & Fetch It" where we can work alongside the homeowners and help move heavy items or pick up tools and in general be helpful. You name it and we will help out.  Rates & References available by request. Visit our Meanwhile, Back in Saluda Store Front next door to Wildflour Bakery for more information or contact us at the email or phone number below.  



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Phone:  828-749-2480   




A Note from Amy

Scattered stitches map a network of spaces,
Cobweb streets to navigate the void,
Trace a pattern and sift the light




Register now and make:  Lace I Scarf from Victorian Lace Today
Lace II Knitted Triangle from Victorian Lace Today
Lace III Estonian Scarf designed by Barbara Bush
Crochet Edgings in Lace

Adventures in Lace: Sock Knitting - Jian by Melissa Goodale (as voted by you)  Your Lace Your Way Pick any lace pattern, knit or crochet. I'll help you find just the right yarn and then we'll make it in class

...Online registration now open


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


SAVE the Date: Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 - 4 PM

Unwinding: spark the senses at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda. Fingers will delight to the play of yarn with needles as we welcome Amy Johnson from Saluda's own Kniticality for the afternoon. Join us for lunch at Wildflour Bake Shop at 1:00 PM, continue to Meanwhile's shop to pick up knitting basics and learn about classes offered at Kniticality! Join us on August 14th!

173 E Main St, Saluda, NC



One of my friends has, without a doubt, the cutest granddaughter. Little Emma Shealey is the granddaughter of Marcia and Sid Shealey of Charleston and Saluda. Little Emma inspired me to start making baby blankets again.  When my friend Marcia showed me the pictures and said how little Emma loved her blanket and wrapped all of her dolls and animal toy babies in it, I knew I needed to start making them again. I have them for boys and girls packaged with a little stuffed animal. It's a great gift for your friend's new baby or your new grandbaby!


In the heat of the summer I am starting to receive fall clothing. Thanks to my little helper  Zia Jackson, granddaughter of Cathy Jackson, we restocked the Dressing Room Etc. with a wonderful fall collection from CMC, Chalet, Caribe etc. All American made!  Many other name brands are still on the way and will be here in the next two weeks.


We have a big summer closeout sale at this time with up to 50% off, take advantage of great buys.  


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.   


It's August and we are already thinking FALL at Sassafras!  If you're ready for a new look, come in and see our new fall things, arriving weekly!  Meanwhile our Summer Sale continues with markdowns of 40% and 50%! Hope you're having a great summer!  Look forward to seeing you soon. --Joann, Connie, Lilly, Catherine, and Pam


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


The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
Enjoy the last of summer retreating to our elegant mountain inn where tranquility and hospitality comfort the mind, body, and soul.

Now is the time to start booking your stay at the Orchard Inn for your fall visit to Saluda and the mountains of Western NC.

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

Summer in Saluda

Summer is the perfect time to visit the mountains! Sure, fall is a very popular time to relax and explore Main Street, or a desolate country road lined with the brilliant autumn colors, but there is much to be said for summer's last hurrah.  


No need to rush, but a time to sit on our wrap around porch during the waning hours of the day - listen to the cicadas sing their nighttime song and maybe see the last little glimmer from the fire flies as they twinkle in the air. All is good with the world.


The crowds begin to thin and you can take advantage of quiet evenings in the restaurants for an intimate dinner with your special someone.


Check out our premier Victorian mountain inn online at, or friend us on Facebook. It's summer's big finale - Don't miss it!


Welcome from your Hosts,

Dale and Donna Potruski


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC, 828.759.2000  

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thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)


The oldest grocery store in NC is celebrating 125 years this month with these specials:


Veteran's Breakfast 8-20-2015, 8AM TO 10AM: Invite a Veteran and Come Eat With Us


Our grill has the best freshly made burger in town. New this month, try our Shrimp Sandwich or Plate... you are going to love it. We also have fresh made potato salad, cole slaw, and cornbread salad. Come in and sit a spell and enjoy breakfast or lunch.


In our market next door, we have Henderson County tomatos, fresh squash, and SC peaches. Sam will be cooking up rotisserie chicken so come in and pick one up. We also have rotisserie chicken salad, homemade pimento cheese: regular or hot. Check out the frozen department, with just made chicken pot pie, beef stroganoff, and peach cobblers. We have items from Pasta and Provisions from Charlotte, too. Great food options for when you want to spend more time playing outdoors than cooking. Remember, we have the best steaks, ground chuck, boneless pork, and "Charlie's Sage Sausage." Come in and Chris will be glad to help you in the meat department. In August we will be offering "ground turkey."   Try us first before going to the larger will be pleasantly surprised! Remember to shop local and support Saluda.


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


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

Come join us in the "Barking Lot." We have eight picnic tables with umbrellas! Hooks for dog leashes and dog water bowls so you can bring the entire family!


We are open late on Friday and Saturday nights in the Barking Lot so come enjoy the sunset and the cool mountain air under the stars.  Enjoy a a meal or a snack with a local craft beer or choose one of our Organic wine choices.


Our Hours:

Monday's 11am-8PM

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 

Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays

Sunday's Noon-8pm


We still have daily specials that change from time to time and great homemade desserts!

Apple Brown Betty served in its own black iron skillet, our Famous Mixed Berry cobbler,

and Jelly Jar Homemade Banana Pudding to name a few!


All our local craft beer on tap is ever changing with the season.  We now are serving Blind Squirrel Brewery Brown Nut Ale- Plumville, NC, Sierra Nevada has their Octoberfest out and Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewery are back on tap.  


Come join us for Charlie Wards Famous Sausage in our Sausage Dip--served in a black iron skillet with a bucket of tortilla chips. We also buy local Jalepenos and stuff them with Charlie's sausage dip! That will make your mouth happy!


We use local produce as it becomes available for the freshest and best taste!


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    

Got the August heat taken care of -- just leave that stove and oven turned off and eat at Wildflour!  We will have another month to enjoy the amazingly bountiful gardens this year.


Peaches continue and the tomatoes just get better, so let us cook up a little something special for you and we will both be happy.


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 
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Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Local Market

2 Year Anniversary!  


Largest selection of Locally made specialty Foods in the area.  Over 60 local craft beers available as singles.  Locally made arts and crafts including Student fundraiser crafts by Ashebots Robotics.  


We have Wildflour Bake Shop's bread, pastries, snacks & other products after 3 PM every day and on Tues/Wed when they are closed. Other items include: Wildflour Chicken Pot Pie & Lasagna, Hickory Nut Gap meats, Sunburst Trout, Ashe County Cheeses, Vineyard Edge Goat Cheese, locally made Root Beers, Balsamic Vinegars and more!  Visit the Shop and see what is local and new.  Sales all through August as our Local Market Shop celebrates two years in Saluda!  


August Hours:

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

Open 10 AM till 10 PM Friday

Call us (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. ~


~ August 2, 2015 (Sunday) 3 - 6 PM Saluda Writers Guild Book Signing ~

Book Signing with local authors from The Saluda Writers Guild.  Enjoy talking with the authors about their newest books including Cappy Hall Rearick's "50 Shades of Southern." Sample a new wine, taste local foods and select books for yourself or gift giving.  Save precious holiday time and buy books by local writers for gift giving!  August 2 (Sunday) from 3 - 6 PM.  


~ August 14, 2015 (Friday) 1:00 - 4  PM  Kniticality ~

Unwinding sparks the senses at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda. Fingers will delight to the play of yarn with needle as we welcome Amy Johnson from Saluda's own Kniticality for the afternoon.  Join us for lunch at Wildflour Bake Shop at 1:00 PM, continue to Meanwhile's shop to learn knitting basics and learn about classes offered at Kniticality!  August 14 (Friday) from 1 - 4 PM!  


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 

How many times have you passed by Random Arts on your way into town and wondered "What's in that store? Who are these people? What are they growing in the front of their shop? What is Matilda wearing today? Why are all those cars in the parking lot?" Oh my! So many questions! The best answer would be...stop in and see for yourself and you will be inspired to be more creative, look and dress more creatively and absorb the welcoming and warm energy that surrounds you. 


The outdoor "randomly seeded" vegetable garden is ready for picking yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, and radishes and soon there will be pumpkins and watermelon galore. Just our way of using up all that sunshine that is part of our space.


Our porch gal "Matilda," greets you with a colorful outfit as you pull into our parking lot

and our sale rack on the porch lures you in with bargain prices on overstock women's wear

that changes weekly.


Step inside and you'll discover an eclectic mix of fun and funky clothing in every nook and corner. From colorful leggings and tunics to all cotton dresses and tops, you'll find just what you need to make a fashion statement all your own and become a new YOU.


You will find others enjoying creative workshops such as watercolor, acrylics, bookbinding, collage, zentangle and so much more. All the happy faces will have you craving to be a part

of this "village" of creative souls.


If this is not enough to get your interest peaked, then we'll try again next month with more news, events, and products to entice you to stop in.  We are a friendly group of artists who give back in more ways than one, and if you need some full service assistance on choosing new clothes, we are here for you.


Through the summer, we are open Tuesday through Saturday 10am until 5pm.


Phone: 828-749-1165

Please like us on Facebook or find us online.  Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone Email:  



macon bank

Macon Bank is the bank for your business.

We provide business checking accounts that include online banking with Cash Management Services. Pay bills from your desktop or laptop. Transfer funds between accounts. Free electronic statements. Monitor your accounts anytime, 24/7.


Online Banking through Macon Bank's Cash Management Services for Business may include:


  • Checking with Online
  • Banking and Bill Pay
  • Account inquiries
  • Send cash with Popmoney Deposit Checks with Remote Deposit Capture
  • E-Statements (eliminate paper statements)
  • Make payments
  • Send and receive wires
  • Send and receive ACH payments
  • Stop payments

Cash Management makes businesses of all sizes more efficient. Underwriting guidelines may apply for some services. Our bank has been helping businesses have greater control over finances since 1922. We are focused on customer service and earning customer trust.


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


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

Summer Reading Continues at Polk County Public Library

Polk County Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading program continues through August for youth ages 0-18. Over 200 have already signed up and there's still time to read and earn prizes! Reading logs can be turned in until August 21 and grand prize drawing winners will be announced on August 24. Kids can enter to win Green River Adventures rafting tickets, Wilderness Cove tubing tickets, or one of three fun prize packs. Teens (rising 6th-12th graders) can enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 7 or The Gorge ziplining tickets.


Upcoming children's events include Superhero Costume Creation on July 28, Marcie the Balloon Fairy on August 4, Superhero Training Academy on August 5, a stuffed animal sleepover on August 17, and a Pajama Party Breakfast on August 18.


The National Teen Lock-In is on Friday, July 31 from 7-11pm. Teens will get to "take over" the library after hours, with special activities such as a photo scavenger hunt, Minute To Win It contests, crafts, games, and plenty of food and fun. There will also be a movie matinee of Insurgent on August 10 and Teen Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month.


Calendars are available at the library. Program details are also available online at Some programs require advanced registration. To register for a program or for more information, contact Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at 828-894-8721 x227 or


The 2015 Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Polk County Public Library, Polk County Community Foundation, Womens Club of Saluda, New View Realty, Green River Adventures, The Gorge Zipline, Feagan Law Firm, Autumn Care, Green River BBQ, Chimney Rock State Park, PRO Physical Therapy, St. Luke's Hospital, Thompson's Store, Wilderness Cove Tubing and Campground, and Wildflour Bakery.


Polk County Public Library has a Main Library in Columbus and a branch in Saluda, as well as a bookmobile that travels throughout Polk County. PCPL offers books, movies, music, audiobooks, and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, as well as public computers and wireless Internet access.


Jen Pace

Phone: 828-894-8721 x 227

Green River Games
September 5-6
Taking place September 5-6, 2015, the Green River Games is a multi-sport competition and outdoor festival based around the infamous Green River Gorge. Biking, kayaking, running, stand up paddling, and beer...what could be better? Our event and the permits secured have paved the way for new user groups to build and enjoy trails on these beautiful public lands. The message of extending access, bringing light to the incredible athletes of our region, and celebrating the terrain is what we are all about.

Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date as we release details about the events and festivities surrounding this weekend of Green River fun!

Visit Green River Games for registration information.

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 Faces
Don Mobley - Botes and Stuff

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    



"Wood has to talk to me," said Don Mobley, owner of Botes and Stuff, next to the old Saluda Depot on Main Street. "And if it does, the piece fits right together. If not, it'll go back on the shelf for a while."


A long-time woodworker, Mobley opened his retail wood shop in Saluda three years ago. "We would go to wood shows and events, and people would keep asking where our retail outlet was, so here it is."


The shop is hard to miss, with raw wood, tiny boats, and other pieces leaning against the outside wall. Then there is the white canopy shading a picnic table out front where Mobley and sidekick Earl greet customers, friends, woodworkers and give a friendly wave to everyone who passes by.


"I do some light work--sanding, staining--things like that under the tent," Mobley said, "but I do most of the work at my big shop a home."


The business began with small decorative boats as the signature product, but it has evolved into a shop with a varity of woodwork. Tables, mantlepieces, and smaller wood items can be found in the shop.


"We've developed quite a commission business, too," Mobley said. "That's how I've gotten behind schedule on some things. People come in from off the street and want something made specifically for their mountain house--tables, benches, all kinds of things.


"We sit down out here in my high-tech office (the picnic table under the tent) with customers and cuss and discuss what they want," Mobley said with a sly smile.


Even with the growth, Mobley said, he has resisted the temptation to expand his business. "I'm the manufacturer," he explained, "and I don't want to get away from my hands-on approach. I want my fingerprints on everything that comes out of my shop."


Although he plans to stick with his hands-on philosophy, Mobley counts wood customers from all the surrounding states and beyond. "It's amazing that people come through Saluda from around the world to visit or just pass through on vacation."


A native of coastal North Carolina, Mobley's worked as a country music disc jockey in Spartanburg, with the YMCA in Hendersonville and has had a long association with the Boy Scouts and Camp Bob Hardin near Saluda.


--By Ken Webb


Botes & Stuff located in the Saluda Station on W Main Street next to the Saluda Historic Depot. 

Historic Saluda


Images of America: Saluda Available for Sale 

Images of America: Saluda has been released! 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. It's also available on


Oral History Film Project Continues

Lavin Cuddihee with PCFI interviews Pearlie Suber Harris at St. Matthews Church as part of the new oral history film documentary.


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, and boy have we been busy!


A special thank you goes out to Anita Ogden Moore and her sister, Nancy "Nicky" Ogden Keller for their participation in an interview during the busy Coon Dog week. Anita and Nicky were considered "summer girls" since they summered in Saluda during their childhood. Both Anita and Nicky shared recollections of the old time square dances. As young children, dances were held in a building where the current city park pavilion stands. These dances were held just for children so they could learn all the moves of square dancing in a child friendly atmosphere. When older, the four daughters really enjoyed the dances at the Saluda School gym. They also shared what it was like to be "summer girls." One thing their parents felt was extremely important about being in Saluda was to get to know the Saluda folks and feel a part of the community. This was certainly good advice as two of the twelve grandchildren in a third generation of Ogdens now live in Saluda. Their father, Ed Ogden, was an American citizen operating a business in Havana, Cuba. Each summer, they would travel to Saluda, taking the train all the way once they arrived in Florida. Ed would drop off his wife, also named Nancy, along with Nicky and Anita and their other two daughters Mimi and Ellen to spend 3 months in Saluda. Ed wouldn't stay as long as the rest of the family since there were work demands in Cuba. It was in 1938 that the Ogdens learned of Saluda through the Twiggs family who also resided in Cuba. Ed loved the place so much he bought a whole mountain, Piney Mountain, and built a cabin there. (Not to be confused with the Piney Mountain located a few miles outside of town, since this Piney is located in town.) The family still owns the mountain, which is a designated NC Tree Farm, and they have no intention of developing the property as it would destroy this beautiful green space that one can see from town. When out of town family members visit Saluda, the cabin at the top with a picnic area is the only place they want to stay. Anita now lives in Saluda full time and Nancy visits often since she and her husband Jim have a home in town.


Thank you to Clark Thompson, co-owner of historic Thompson's Store, for sharing his memories of dancing with the summer girls at the square dances, including the Ogden girls. Clark recalled how most parents of the "summer girls" did not like their daughters socializing with the local boys. However, the Ogden family didn't feel the same way and were encouraged to mingle with the locals. Clark shared many more of his escapades from the days of the old time square dances and from his life growing up in Saluda.


PCFI got some great film footage and good interviews during the nighttime Coon Dog Day square dance, including a brief interview with the dance caller, Archie Hardy. The crowd was huge and very excited to be able to participate in this long standing tradition.


To wrap up the most recent film shoots, last but not least would be an understatement. The Saturday after Coon Dog Day, the doors and windows of the old St. Matthews Church were flung wide open and a "Joyful Noise" could be heard loud and clear coming from the inside. This "newer" St. Matthews Baptist Church was built in the first half of the 20th century from cement blocks and is located across the railroad tracks from the original site. The church was home to a faithful African American congregation, many having relocated from South Carolina seeking work during the heyday of the railroad. Baptisms were often held nearby in a pond dug by hand, sometimes by the ministers themselves, such as Rev. Lester Samuel Suber who was called to preach at St. Matthews in the 1930's. The church doors closed as the congregation dwindled, likely due to the lack of jobs when the passenger trains ceased to run in 1968.   


After sitting vacant for many years, Betsy Burdett purchased the church in 2014, along with its original cast iron bell. Her hopes to preserve its African American roots and use it to bring the community together for special celebrations came to life when on this recent special occasion a culturally and ethnically diverse group of music lovers came together to sing, play and celebrate, complete with "dinner on the grounds." Pearlie Suber Harris, daughter of Rev. Suber, rang the old church bell, no longer silent after all these years. What a special celebration it was, and we're glad we were there to capture it on film!   


Film shoots have taken place throughout the spring and summer, but are winding down. It's our hope that this film will help to showcase the rich and diverse blend of musical variations that spun off from roots based on folk music that influenced Saluda's musical tastes yesterday and are still influencing 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 and donate to the cause  

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.



We're taking a break. There will be no meeting in August 2015. We'll see you in September!


For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to or contact us at to view some of the oral histories collected? The HSC also has a YouTube page, so click here or go to The HSC shares a Facebook page with the Saluda Historic Depot. Click here or go to


Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee

Summer Tracks
Summer Tracks 16th Season at Roger's Park in Tryon. Shows start at 7 p.m.

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

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

TEDx Talks

TEDx talks are coming to our Foothills!


On September 12, 2015, from 9AM to 4:30 PM TEDxTryon will be held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC). This independently organized and licensed TEDx event is one of many special projects of TFAC, reflecting this organization's commitment and contributions to the robust arts and cultural scene of the Foothills. The day will feature a variety of speakers with innovative ideas worth sharing, performances, a farm-to-table lunch and more. Tickets will go on sale August 4th at 10am at the TFAC box office, 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon (828-859-8322) or online at  


The TED organization limits seats to 100 at the event and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. For those not able to attend the TEDxTryon event in person, videos of every talk will later be made available online at Also, a series of smaller events based on the TED and TEDx principles will continue over the next year in the community and encourage further conversations.

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading.  


Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum - from science to business to global issues - in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events such as TEDxTryon help share ideas in communities around the world. For further information visit or call TFAC at828-859-8322. 

I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling
by Charles O Hearn, Jr

Hearon Stories reprinted from I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling with permission of Charles O. Hearon, III, son of author Charles O. Hearon, Jr. (aka Charlie "C. Boy"). This book is currently out of print.



The Power Line

While I'm thinking about the Ed Thompsons, there was one great happening by there that I'll never forget and that was the building of the Power Line form Tuxedo Hydro-Electric Plant on the Green River below Lake Summit to the "Lowlands" of S. C.


The Henry Thompson families were neighbors of ours and there were three boys: Homer, George and John. Homer was a friend of mine and about the same age. When the crews came running this line, Homer and I were barefoot boys in knee britches and overalls. We played on the red clay banks of Holbert Cove Road that ran in front of Friendship Church, between the church and graveyard.


The steel towers were up and the men and mules and horses were stringing the copper cables that would carry the electricity. The lines were pulled into place by teams of mules and then the lines hung sagging and limp, sorta' like a limp rope. But then came the moment when all was ready to put a section of line into the proper tension. This was done with a "snatch" team. A "snatch" team is made up of three well-matched horses that are well trained by their driver and they all work as a team.


The snatch team and driver would be standing relaxed by the right-of-way; the foreman would ask the mule team driver to tighten the lines. And when they had done all they could, the snatch team driver touched his team with the lines and they moved up in place in front of the mules. The driver made his hook connection with the mule team and then eased out of the way to one side. The foreman looked on and called back to the man in the tower, "All ready," and he sang back, "Ready." The foreman spoke to the driver and said, "Pull it up." The driver touched the team with the lines and said, "Gidap." The snatch team walked off with the mules following and the long copper cable far back became taut. The signal came from the man on the tower, "That's good." The foreman told the driver to, "Hold it." The driver spoke to his horses, "Whoa." The snatch team stood still holding the mules. The wire pulled up taut. The man in the tower called out, "We got it." The foreman said, "We got it." The driver tightened the reigns and said, "Back now;" and the snatch team eased off. The driver loosened his snatch hook and spoke to his team, "Haw around here now." They swung around left with driver standing on the snatch bar riding along, lining the team up to pull the next line. That's why they call all energy "horsepower," and Homer and I knew what we were seeing.


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


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


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