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Where Time Stands Still 
September 2015 

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Annual Calendar of Events
Dates to Remember
Saluda Blood Drive
Brown Bag
Ella Grace Race
Saluda Historic Depot
Holiday Gallery
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
Saluda Tailgate
Conserve Your Water
City Notes
Fundraisers for Pace Park
Saluda Center News
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Celebrate Reading
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Jim Carson Art Exhibit
Top of the Grade Concerts
Pig Out
Charlie Ward
Saluda Train Tales
Green River Games
Saluda Scoop
Art Trek
Agri Tourism Events
Shop & Eat Local
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
Saluda's Apple Orchards
Our Years in Saluda
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!
Experience nature from outdoor living on multi level decking, cascading waterfall into Koi pond, stone fire pit on flag stone patio,and native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Quality log construction, granite counters, built in sauna off the master bedroom, upper covered porches to take in the view. 3BR, 3BA, 2-car garage, 2.25 ac, MLS#592958 $525,000
Quality custom built home with privacy and low maintenance yard, lots of stone walls and open concept with beautiful Hickory floors, Cherry cabinets, 2 screened porches,large deck and stone fireplace. 2BR, 3 BA, 2340 SF, 2.4 acres, MLS#592057, $348,000
Summer camp on the Pacolet River with deck overlooking the river. Just throw in the fishing line and catch dinner! Comfortable with 4 rooms to use for sleeping and 2 bathrooms. MLS#591506, $125,000

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
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
Exceptionally-built home with 175ft of lake frontage.Live year round in a peaceful, private lake community yet close to shopping,dining,and social activities. MLS#533759, REDUCED $375,000
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. 
5.39 acres on the head waters of the Upper Green River with 800 foot river frontage. Property has 4 br. septic in place and well ready for tap-in. Blue ribbon trout are spawned in pond and transferred to river. Building site ready. MLS#570283 $249,900
Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda

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 
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 August 31, 2015). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      31         5     

Homes 2014      21         0       


Land 2015          9          1                           

Land 2014          6          1  


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes

Saluda - 1 property 

Polk County - 3 properties  

Henderson County - 24                


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


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


Saluda Service Directory
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

Remembering 9/11
September 11, 2015 is the 14th anniversary of 9/11.  We can all remember where we were when this tragedy changed America forever.

This is a time to say "thank you" to all our heroes--those we know about and those we don't.    
Saluda salutes its Veterans, Saluda Fire and Rescue, the Saluda police department, and sons and daughters in active military duty.
Duke Energy Foothills Modernization Links
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 Historic Depot Open Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. 


Saluda Downtown Foundation meets Tuesday, September 1 at 10am at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, September 1 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Community Land Trust meeting at 3pm, September 2 at McCreery Park Pavilion. 


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


Saluda Historic Depot open reception for artist, Jim Carson, September 5 at 6:30pm. 


The Historic Saluda Committeewill meet September 18 at 2pm at Saluda Library. 


Top of the Grade concert on Ella Grace Mintz Stage at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park, Friday, September 11, 7pm to 9 pm. Rain or shine....move to Pavilion if rain.

Saluda Train Tales, Saluda Historic Depot, September 18, at 7pm.  Free admission.

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


Saluda Single Women will meet on Thursday, September 17, 6pm at the Saluda Center. 

Saluda Garden Club will meet September 21 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, September 28 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.
Saluda Blood Drive
The Polk County Unity Lodge on Ozone Drive will be holding a blood drive with the Blood Connection all day September 12th, 12pm to 5pm, at the Lodge. The blood collected will be used in local area hospitals. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided by the Lodge.

The lodge is located on Ozone Drive in Saluda.

Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available September 18  3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
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.
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.
Ella Grace Race

Saluda Historic Depot
The Saluda Historic Depot train has been moving on down the track and we are asking you to come aboard and enjoy all the events at the depot.  Our board has planned more exciting times in Saluda so mark your calendar for the next four months so you don't miss out. See the complete schedule below.  Now is the time to purchase your ticket for the Golf Cart to be given away at the Pig Out on September 12th.  For $25.00 you may win the cart and will be supporting the Saluda Historic Depot at the same time.  Our first Saluda Train Tales with Dr. Fred McConnel from Atlanta, GA is on September 18, and I know it will be standing room only.  Plan now to come and here and see exciting adventures of traveling down the Saluda Grade.  Our local plein air artist, Jim Carson will exhibit in September and sculpter, Dale McEntire in October.  We will open the Saluda Holiday Gallery in November and December with local and regional artists just in time for your shopping holiday shopping.
We thank everyone who has supported the depot, and there is more to do so we invite you to visit and bring your friends and family. We have new prints of the 611, the last passenger train to go down the steepest grade.  You can check out our retail shop with local wooden items, t-shirts and railroad caps.  Sit a spell and watch the movies of the trains as they moved up and down the tracks. You will really enjoy the videos and it will take you back to the days when the train came to Saluda.  We are excited to share that the children of Saluda School will be coming to the depot to learn about the times  of the train.  The teachers came to the depot for a tour and they have decided that this year Saluda School will be going "Full Steam Ahead." 
Judy Ward, Chair
Saluda Historic Depot

Teacher photo by Carolyn Ashburn. 


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. 

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 Historic Depot Calendar
  • Saturday the 5th- Opening Reception for Jim Carson, Featured Artist in the Depot Gallery, all art sales contribute 50% commission to the Depot.
  • Saturday the 12th at 6 PM, Golf Cart Raffle at the BBQ, get your ticket for $25.
  • Friday the 18th at 7PM, Inaugural "Saluda Train Tales at the Depot" with Dr. Fred McConnel. Dr. McConnel from Atlanta has dedicated the last thirty years to the study and construction of the Saluda Grade in a state-of-the-art model train exhibit. All ages will enjoy his presentation and vision for the future display in the Depot.  
  • Saturday the 3rd from 7-10 PM, "Dracula at the Depot," NY Times bestseller Dacre Stoker presenting Bram Stoker, author of the classic "Dracula." We all know the story, but have you ever wondered what motivated the author? Tickets limited, $25.
  • Saturday the 10th- Opening Reception for Dale McEntire, Featured Artist in the Depot Gallery, all art sales contribute 50% commission to the Depot.
  • Friday the16th at 7 PM, "Saluda Train Tales at the Depot," presenter to be announced.
  • Friday the 30th at 7 until we quit, "Depot Halloween Stroll Pot Luck Dance." Bring your favorite treat and come in costume for a howling good time.
  • Saluda Depot Holiday Gallery, artist booths offering unique locally crafted holiday gifts for every interest and age. Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 PM.
  • November 7th Saluda Railroad Day, various events to be hosted at the Depot all day.
  • December 11th Hometown Christmas, 6pm to 8pm

Saluda Tailgate Market

May -October Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm 


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.  

Conserve Your Water
Stage I Water Shortage Advisory
The City Manager for the City of Hendersonville has declared a Stage I Water Shortage Advisory. The measures of the advisory are voluntary. The City of Saluda purchases water from the City of Hendersonville North Carolina. Hendersonville is the primary water source for Saluda.   
Stage I water conservation compliance consists of voluntary measures including, but not limited to:
(1) Limit car washing to a minimum;
(2) Limit lawn and garden watering to that which is necessary for plants to survive;
(3) Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, parking lots, service bays, aprons, etc.;
(4) Do not leave faucets running while shaving or rinsing dishes;
(5) Water shrubbery to the minimum required, reusing household water when possible;
(6) Limit use of clothes washers and dishwashers, and when used, operate fully loaded;
(7) Use showers for bathing rather than bathtub and limit showers to no more than four minutes;
(8) Limit flushing of toilets by multiple usage;
(9) The use of disposable and biodegradable dishes is encouraged;
(10) The use of flow restrictive and water saving devices;
(11) Limit hours of operation of water-cooled air conditioners;
(12) All residents, businesses and institutions are requested to temporarily delay new landscape work until the water shortage has ended.
CityCity Notes


Help Pave Pace Park

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


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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Fundraisers for Pace Park
Antique & Vintage Show - Saturday, September 26
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.

For more information or request 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 - Sunday, September 27 
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.

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. 
For more information about these events, please contact the City of Saluda at 828-749-2581 or Tangie Morgan at 828-749-1514.

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.  
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 Book Club invites you to join in the discussion of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty on Thurs., Sept. 3 at 2 PM. 
At the heart of The Husband's Secret is a letter that's not meant to be read:
  My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died....
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death.  Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well.  Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother.  Her life is as orderly and as spotless as her home.  But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her:  Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other - but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses - and, ultimately ourselves.  (From the publisher.)
(Thurs., Oct. 1 book discussion will be, "My Brilliant Friend" by Elenna Ferrante) 
Saluda single women potluck dinner will be on Thursday, September 17 at 6pm.
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., September 28  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. 
"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
Last Summer Swimming  At Twin Lakes
Swimming is Free-Donations Greatly Appreciated
Last swim of the season, Labor Day Monday September 7   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

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

A Great Time in the Woods.
Walks in the Woods  September 6 - Old Home Place
One to two miles and two to three hours of easy to moderate walking with multiple paths available.  Mark and Betsy will give walkers a glimpse of life in the 19th century at the Dart-McCutchen property off Holbert Cove road.  Walkers will enjoy seeing an old homestead, fields, streams, and a water cascade.  Stories from the past will abound.  The walk is not generally open to the public.

September 20 - Cove Mountain Ridge 
This is an easy to moderate walk of two to three hours with ridge top views.  Chuck will lead walkers along trails on family property off Holbert Cove Road and Scout Camp Road.
October 4 - Round Mountain Picnic 
Walkers can just stroll to the picnic spot among the rocks and / or take a moderate to strenuous journey on up to the top of Round Mountain.  This is a new property of SCLT and trail work is still in progress there.  The views are lovely! 
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 (828) 749-9886
Adopt-a-Highway  Join us for the
Keeping it Green. 
opportunity to care for our local environment and show your pride for our beautiful mountain city.  September 14, 9 AM - 11 AM. Weather date is the following Monday, the 21st. All supplies will be provided, just bring a friend. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 9am to pick up supplies and figure out which area along 176 that you and your partner will "de-litter".   
New sign retrofit. 
Judd's Peak
The Judd's Peak planter was cleaned up and the new sign fit into new "old" posts to preserve the historical character of the site. The sign was made possible by a generous grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and creative installation provided by Chuck Hearon.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 2 at 3pm at Saluda's McCreery Park in the pavilion . Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to Be sure to check out our updated website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21st at McCreery Park to create flower arrangements to donate to local businesses. Please bring flowers and greenery from your yard, old vases or jars, a bag lunch and your favorite recipe using garden vegetables for exchange with members and guests. Members will then meet at Spring Park to plant fall flowers.
A special thanks to local glass artist, Susan Cannon and Ruth Anderson of the Chicken House for providing the talent and space for a very special August meeting where we created fused glass garden art. See picture below - these items are in a kiln and when finished will become staked glass art for pots or garden.
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

Saluda's Tree City USA's focusing on choosing the best of tree species for replacing our dead or dying trees on Main Street.
Don Clapp, Saluda's Tree City chairperson, along with members of our tree board have gathered much information and conferred with arboriculturists who are providing suggestions for determining the best species. Among the contenders are the following native trees: dogwood (cultivars-disease resistant), redbud, serviceberry, silverbell.
The criteria as adopted in April 2015, follows:
  • Safety-strong healthy limbs, strong root system
  • Health potential of tree - ability to adapt to street environment, disease resistant, access to water as needed, other care as needed
  • Size - height at maturity not to exceed 24 feet, limited spread
  • Low maintenance - minimum of seeds, leaves, needles, cones, pods to fall
  • Little or nothing to attract birds, insets
  • Provision of shade in summer
  • Attractive appearance year round - blooms or leaf color in season, interesting bare limbs in winter
The Tree City group meets on the fourth Thursday each month. If weather permits, they meet in McCreery Park. If not, meet at Saluda Library at 5:30pm, either location.

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, September 8, 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.
Goodnight, Moon.  Goodnight, iPad?
Real Books or E-books?
By Ann Dudley
September 8th is International Literacy Day, and what a celebration! I believe reading real books, not electronic books (e-books), is what reading is all about!
There's something about holding a book that I can't give up--the weight, feel, and smell of the pages. There's something about turning the pages that I can't give up. There's something about pressing a book to my chest and thinking about it that I can't give up. There's something about owning my favorite books and seeing them on my shelf that I can't give up. There's something about my children's books that are comforting and bring back special memories that I can't give up. Yes, there's something about books that really does matter to me and I can't give them up!

Read more... 
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Saluda Elementary School Events 
Saluda Elementary School welcomed 182 students in PreK-5th grades back to school on August 24!  We have another exciting year planned for our students.  The school-wide theme for 2015-16 is "Full Steam Ahead."  Our theme will incorporate science, technology, engineering, A+, math and a community partnership centered around the historic train depot downtown. Continue reading to learn more about A+.
NC A+ Schools
The NC A+ Schools Program celebrated its 20th Anniversary this summer with a 3-day "Celebration of Teaching and Learning Through the Arts" Conference in Durham, NC.  Established in North Carolina in 1995 by the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the A+ Schools Program is a nationally-recognized, whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and students learn in all subjects. Serving PreK - 12 schools across North Carolina and the nation, the A+ model combines arts integration, continuous professional development and the use of statewide support networks for teachers and administrators to implement a state's mandated curriculum and meet accountability standards. Since 1995, A+ has been using the arts as a catalyst for creating connections and making schools engaging, meaningful and enjoyable places to teach and learn.  Visit to learn more about A+.
Muddy Sneakers
Fifth graders will have the opportunity to participate in Muddy Sneakers expeditions again this year!  Visit
to find out more about this incredible outdoor learning program that is directly linked to the North Carolina Essentials Standards for Science.    
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.   
Remember to keep Saluda kids safe, please do enter school premises or grounds while school is in session. 
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library
Teen Scene
Themed crafts and games!
Thursdays at 4pm, Grades 6-12
September 3: Nintendo Wii U
September 10: Marshmallow Catapults
September 17: Nintendo Wii U
September 24: Kindergarten Flashback - Sculpt with Play-Doh, color, play Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders, and build with LEGOs!
October 1: Nintendo Wii U
October 8: Fruit Art Contest
October 15: Nintendo Wii U
October 22: Tin Can Robots
October 29: Franken Toys - Dismember stuffed animals and mix and match different pieces
to create a new piece of art!
November 5: Nintendo Wii U
November 12: Movie Matinee "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
November 19: Nintendo Wii U
Closed November 26
December 3: Nintendo Wii U
December 10: Candy Cane Art Contest
December 17: Nintendo Wii U
Closed December 24
December 31: Minecraft Party

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.

David Virgil Pace, 86, of Saluda, N.C. died Aug. 8, 2015.

Angeline Newman Pierce, longtime resident of Saluda, NC and Clearwater Beach, FL died Tuesday, August 18th in her Saluda home. Ange was a very avid supporter of the arts. And upon retirement from State Street Gallery, she pursued her love of painting, and her paintings were on display in a local gallery in Saluda, NC. Ange loved playing bridge, reading, being with family and friends and taking care of the environment.
Preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Newman who died in 1989, Ange married Charles S. Pierce of Pierce's Point in 1991. They were happily married for 16 years. She is also preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Brenda M. Wilson. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie A. Alday, Nancy A. Harris (Phillip) and Theresa Wynne Erickson (Dave) as well as her son, David J. Newman (Priscilla), and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorial gifts can be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

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


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


Summer Ebbs in September
At pre-dawn the sound of the big yellow school bus rumbles down the road carrying Saluda kids to a late summer school day. Mountain apples are the fruit of the season and are being celebrated during the NC Apple Festival Labor Day weekend. Saluda and other area farmer's markets are brimming with the last of the summer harvests of tomatoes, corn, okra and beans-great ingredients for a mountain succotash. The Harvest Moon will shine on September 28 lighting up the night sky enough to see a shadowed outline of our mountain tops.
Saluda's business owners will take a brief break in September as summer visitors slow down. They will take time to relax a bit and to do a little summer cleaning and maintenance preparing for a busy fall season.
Saludians live in a pristine world of nature, protected all around by the Saluda Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In times past, progress passed around Saluda leaving this small mountain town alone to thrive, showing off its past while promoting its outdoor adventures. As modernization tries to force its way through, Saludians will accept change when it benefits the community and it doesn't spoil the serenity of the pristine mountains and forests. They will protect the land and the Saluda heritage and landmarks. Saluda is slipping into the most brilliant season of fall with colors painting masterpieces that are breath taking. It will remind everyone who loves coming to Saluda and the mountains why these mountain ranges need us to vigilantly protect them.
As the summer days grow shorter, nights get cooler, and summer is come and gone; keep the memories made this summer forever young. 

A true sign of the end of summer is the NC Apple Festival celebrating the apple growers and now in it's 69th year. (Trivia-the first apple festival was held in Saluda!) Always on Labor Day weekend, this year's festival in Hendersonville is September 4-7.  Click here to see a schedule of all the events and activities.
Click here to link the Saluda Magazine article about Saluda's Copisa Orchards.
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at The Onion in September

Monday - Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday Brunch
11:00 - 3:00
Live Music in September               
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.  

September 3 -
Laura Blackley Trio
Wonderful Appalachian country-blues from this long-time performer in Western NC.
September 5 - Peggy Ratusz Band
This great chanteuse from Asheville can do it all - blues, jazz, soul & R&B.
September 10 - Letters to Abigail
This Appalachian/Americana Band from nearby Flat Rock returns.
September 12 - Shana Blake Band
The café will be rocking as this old soul cover band returns.
September 17 - Dana & Susan Robinson
Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional music is always welcome here.
September 19 - Jazz Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece
Straight ahead jazz from this wonderful North Carolina band.
September 24 - Dan Keller Trio
Although new to us, Dan's group can play all styles of music.
September 26 - Lonesome Road Band
One of our favorite bluegrass bands returns.

Music is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT
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, September 8, 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
Registrations are being accepted for the 2015-2016 dance season.  We offer classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary and introductory lessons for the youngest of dancers.  We are also thrilled to again offer a pointe class this year!  Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8.  Contact the studio to register for your favorite classes.
Adult ballet will resume on Monday, September 14 at 7PM.  Adults need not register, but simply show up ready to dance!  No special shoes or attire required!

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   
Glass Art Comes To Saluda
Over several months talented high school art students of Polk County have been collaborating with several area artists to design and create fused glass installations to be hung in city hall and the Saluda Police Station. Working at the Old Chicken House under the guidance of Susan Cannon from Saluda Moon Glass Studio, these aspiring and seasoned artists have designed and are now fabricating glass art that reflects the history, culture and environs of Saluda. Watch for notices of fall open house dates to observe the group in action. This project is sponsored by grants from Polk County and the Saluda Downtown Foundation.
Susan's Moon Glass Studio is located in the Old Chicken House, a studio space for artists/crafters and other creative people.

The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street). We are open 11-6, Fri-Sat (weather permitting), and other days/times by request.  Phone 828-749-9718 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at
Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience; Oct. 22-24
Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a painting workshop, "Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience", on Thursday, Saturday, Oct 22-24, in Saluda. This outdoor painting workshop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful colors and fresh air of a Western North Carolina Fall, while addressing the painting fundamentals of value, design, and temperature variety. There will also be an emphasis on bold and spontaneous brushwork.
Participants will meet each morning at Jim's studio, and motorcade to that day's painting location. All locations will be easily accessible by car.
There will be a demonstration and lecture by Jim on Thursday morning, lots of one-on-one easel time, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price, $350, includes a tasty lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café, and wine at the first day's critique.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. In the event of rain or cold, there is ample room to set up and paint in Jim's studio. A list of needed supplies, as well as other information, will be furnished after registration.
Jim has recently been invited to join Plein Air Painters of the South East (PAP-SE), a group of 40 notable southern painters organized to maintain the highest professional standards in the area of plein air painting.
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

News from Anne and Bill Jameson
Bill's "Fall on the Blue Ridge" workshops almost full!
Offered October 19-23rd the workshop is open to beginners or advanced painters in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pen and ink sketching. There is not a more beautiful time to paint the southern Blue Ridge landscape so please come join us!
Call 828-749-3101 or email
Anne Jameson is the "Artist of the Quarter" at the well-known Saluda restaurant, The Purple Onion. When you are there, take a look at the walls!

Anne and Bill Jameson are newly represented by Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, North Carolina which 
showcases the works of well-known regional artists.
For more information please visit or call 828-749-3101.

Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos will be on the art tour and gallery exhibit for the annual studio tour Art Trek sponsored by Upstairs Artspace from September 19-20 with other area artists. A preview reception will be held at Upstairs Artspace, 49 S. Trade Street, Tryon, NC (beside Tryon Theater) on September 18 from 5-7 p.m.

Open Studio Saturdays this month are from 1-3pm at the Art House, 285 Greenville Street; other times available by appointment.  
Her landscape series "Esto Perpetua" is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and locally her art can be found at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon and at the Purple Onion in Saluda.

For information, call 828-749-1153 or visit or her blog at   
Jim Carson Exhibits at Saluda Historic Depot - Opening Reception
Jim Carson can be seen throughout the country side and downtown streets painting with broad brush strokes of bold color inspired by nature and the reality of what he sees. Organizers of the Saluda Historic Depot will bring Jim's original work to the Saluda Historic Depot for the month of September to benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts to purchase the train depot and operate the future museum.

The exhibit will open Saturday, September 5 with an opening reception at 6:30pm to 8:30pm and run through September 30, 2015. The Saluda Historic Depot is at 32 Main Street, Saluda, NC, 28773.

"There probably would not even be a Saluda without the train. Therefore, keeping and maintaining an integral part of that process is vital for Saluda. Being able to remember our past is such an important part of moving forward with our future. I am very happy to be a small part of this," says Jim Carson. "Jim will be donating 50% of the proceeds of sales during his exhibit at the depot and we couldn't be more pleased to have a Saluda supporter of the arts exhibiting at the depot," quoted Cathy Jackson a spokesperson for the Saluda Historic Depot.
About Jim Carson  
Jim Carson has been painting in both oil and acrylic for over 25 years. Jim was the managing partner in the law firm of Chambless, Higdon and Carson, Macon, GA where he practiced law for 31 years.
Although always interested in drawing, even at an early age, Jim's interest in art was dormant while law school, marriage, raising a family, and building a law practice took precedent.
About 25 years ago, Jim's wife gave him a painting course for Christmas, and Jim has never looked back. This journey culminated in July, 2003, when Jim retired from law practice, moved to Saluda, NC, and now paints full time. He lives in Saluda with his wife, Beth Carson who retired from education and is an avid volunteer with the Saluda Tailgate Market and the Saluda Arts Festival.
Jim has received a number of awards in both local and national shows, and gives both outdoor and indoor workshops throughout the United States. Jim is known for his creative color balance and bold and expressive brushwork.
Jim is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society, having been accepted to three national AIS exhibitions, including this year's show at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Oct 1-29. He is also an associate member of Oil Painters of America, and a member of Plein Air Painters of the South East (PAP-SE).
His work can be found locally at Skyuka Gallery in Tryon, NC, The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC, and by appointment in his studio in Saluda.

About the Depot
The depot sits on historic Main Street at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States.  The depot building is a contributing structure on the National Register of Historic Places in the listing for the Saluda Main Street Historic District.    
The Saluda Historic Depot organization is raising money to purchase the building and is working with the Historic Saluda Committee to make it Saluda's historic museum to highlight the history of the railroad, Saluda's downtown, its people, and the history of its natural resources.  
If you would like to climb aboard and help preserve the historic Saluda Depot for future generations, you can send donations or pledges to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or email  All donations are tax deductible and pledges will be invoiced within three months.

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.
Top of the Grade Concerts 2015
6 String Drag will finish out this summer's Top of the Grade Concerts on September 11, 2015.  Concerts start at 7pm to 9pm. 
After 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back to remind us a few things about real rock 'n' roll. In the late '90s, the Carolina quartet stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve Earle-produced LP, High Hat remains an undisputed classic of its era. (the band was also on Earle's E-Squared Records)

Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today's 6 String Drag is the sound of kindred souls reunited, letting their own histories as human beings mingle freely around their shared love of classic, bygone sounds. Their exhilarating new recording, Roots Rock 'N' Roll, welds Kenny Roby and Rob Keller's trademark harmonies to surging rhythms. Cut mostly live to tape, the effort is equal parts slap-back swagger and openhearted honesty - a triumphant return that celebrates rock's first golden age by virtue of the grace, wit and insight found in Roby's songwriting.   

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.

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.)   
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 performing 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!


During the Pig Out, The Saluda Historic Depot committee will be holding the drawing for the golf cart that is a fundraiser to support the 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

Charlie Ward's Pig Out
Judy & Charlie September 12 will be the Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out and you are all invited for this afternoon of fellowship.  This Pig Out all started when Charlie purchased a pig from Joe Hipp.
Charlie remembered that while growing up, at the end of summer all the families in town would gather and have an end of the summer picnic.  Of course, the ladies prepared the food and the men played their instruments and told stories, and it was a great time.  As you all know, Charlie loved people and especially everyone in Saluda, so he decided to have a Pig Out.
Several men gathered one night and cooked the pig all night and had a wonderful time, telling more tales and sharing some spirits during the night.  The next day they continued to cook the pig and that afternoon on October 9, 1999 with over 500 people attending, Saluda had the first Pig Out.  With the help of JoAnn Way, Charlie Lewis, Dwight Smith, Bill Wilkerson, and Levi Randall, this group of citizens gathered and planned the event.  Charlie contacted many close friends and they donated for the event, and you have continued to donate for many years. This is a time for us to come together and remember the ones that are not with us any longer and be thankful for this place called Saluda.  Charlie would be very honored that we have continued with this event and I would like to express a special thanks to Fred and Terry Baisden, all the volunteers, and to the ones that continue to donate to this wonderful event each year.
Judy Ward
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Historic Depot September 18 

Dr. Fred McConnel has had a passion for trains traveling through Western North Carolina since he was six years old. He used to go down to Old Fort with his father to his father's factory and he would watch the Southern Green Diesels get ready to climb the loops around Andrew's Geyser to Ridgecrest.
For the last 30 years he has modeled the Saluda Grade in his basement in Atlanta. He studied the history, walked the tracks and collected types of every engine used for trains traveling the Saluda Grade. If he could not buy an engine type that ran on the grade, he built it. By the means of small video cameras you can be taken back in time and ride on different famous trains that traveled through Paces Gap. The Model grade is so realistic that it has runaways and stalled engines on the layout just like the real track.

Dr. McConnel's talk will begin with Capt. Pearson's story on why the Saluda grade was built and take the listeners through many of the railroad adventures like the wreck of steam engine 4052. You will experience by camera re-enactment what it was like to go down the hill on this giant steam engine. You will also hear the story of Pitt Bellew who first thought how to make the grade safer and probably saved the grade from abandonment in 1903. Engineer Bellew's concept of safety tracks is probably the most important contribution of Saluda to transportation safety. Even though the track now lies in rust, lives are still being saved on the highways that have run-off areas to save trucks that have lost their brakes. Let's all have fun re-living the railroad adventures that made the life of Saluda so rich.

Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Historic Depot
September 18, 2015 at 7pm
Free Admission 

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 Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.   
The Gorge
September is here and The Gorge Zipline wants to show their appreciation for all the locals who have supported them through the year. If you are a resident of Western North Carolina or Upstate South Carolina, you can book a trip in September for a discounted rate. When making your reservation, tell them you're a local and they will knock $10 off your trip. Reserve online at or call 828-749-2500.

Green River Adventures announces our annual gear sale. All gear is on sale effective August 24th on a first come, first serve basis. Come get the latest boats, paddles, pfd's, and helmets while they are still in stock. Can't make it? Give us a call to reserve your gear: 828-749-2800.
Visit at
Located at 111 E Main Street, Saluda. 
Gardener's Cottage
The Brass Latch  
have great new items arriving for late summer and early fall.  Cards by Sacred Bee, new earrings by Earth Dreams, aroma oils by Sun's Eye and more.  It is still hot so check out our cooling peppermint soaps and aroma sprays, shea butter lotions and soaps - just the thing for after a long day.  
The Gardener's Cottage and Brass Latch are located in Nostalgia Courtyard next door to Wildflour Bake Shop.  We are having weekly special sales. Come ask us what is on sale each week!  
Save the Date:  Saturday, October 10 from 10am till 4pm is the Nostalgia Courtyard Artists Fair.  Music by the Hogtown Squealers.  Over twenty artists will showcase their art and crafts.  Get an early start on holiday shopping and support local artists.  
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. 
Property Caretaking Services
Licensed & Insured ~ References Available
Don't worry, relax and let Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Property Caretaking Services handle all of your landscaping, handyman, and household needs. Licensed and insured, Meanwhile's locally based team has thirteen years of experience assisting property owners in Saluda, Tryon, and Columbus.  Fall will soon be here so prevent serious problems later and let us help you finish summer projects and prepare for winter upkeep of your house.   
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Property Caretaking services include property security checks with photographs, lawn and yard maintenance, pet sitting, errands, garden and plant care, mail pick up, household pre-arrival and post-departure care, and arrangement of other professional services such as plumbing, electrical, and tree removal. You name it, Meanwhile can help.  Rates and references available by request. Visit Meanwhile's store front location in downtown Saluda or e-mail for more information. 
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Phone:  828-749-2480   
A Note from Amy
Sigh into September
Weave the ends of heat and too much company
Into yesterday's fabric
Cast on plums and pumpkins
Maples and Shire, Lavandas, Chircas, and Volcan,
New fabrics yet to be ripened in the hands

Summer projects end for us in September, the time for finishing, weaving in loose strands, and perfecting details with a round of blocking. Then, it's time to start into those rich fall colors in preparation for colder weather!

We create beautiful things together at Kniticality.
Register now and take:  Knitting Repairs and Remedies
Finishing with Flair
Measuring Parties
Sock Basics   
Also in September: 
Special events with Cindy Walker of Stony Hill Fiber Arts and Varian Brandon, of Brandon Knitting Designs!
Click here to see class schedule.
55 Robin Lane, Saluda NC 28773 | 828.749.3640

New at The Dressing Room Etc! 
Hand knitted baby clothing by knitting Designer "Ingrid." A one of a kind selection of precious and intricately knitted clothing for those Special Baby's and Grand Baby's! 
It sure has been a hot summer, and now, just about all of our new Fall Apparel has arrived, including last week's arrival of the popular "Habitat" collection,  with still anticipated deliveries of Komil, Caribe, T- Party, Avalin and a new company  from Colorado, Goddess Gear.
I also have great costume jewelry to accent the new apparel. 

Visit our website to see our line of clothing.Like us on Facebook 
Looking forward, Irmy 
THE DRESSING ROOM ETC., located at 141 East Main Street in Saluda.  Phone is 828-749-9555.   
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
As the days get shorter, nights longer, and leaves begin changing color - Fall is in the air. The dog days of summer are now behind us as temperatures dip down to the 50"s and sweaters come out of storage. These are, for good reason, the busiest days in the mountains, so make your reservations now to come stay a while and enjoy the glory of Fall. You will delight in our warm hospitality and fabulous cuisine. Serenity calls. 
We also have a Fall special on couples massage. Stay 2 nights anytime this Fall and get a $40 voucher toward our fabulous in-house his & her Spa treatment.
We're open for dinner every Thursday - Saturday evenings, Brunch on Sundays and breakfast every day. The menu changes weekly and is always posted on our web-site every Monday. Call us at 828-749-5471 to reserve a table in Newman's Restaurant where every seat has an awesome view of the surrounding mountains, and where dining is an experience.
For reservations call 828-749-5471. 
Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 
Click here for directions.

The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
This is Your Time to Visit the Oaks Bed and Breakfast
Everyone has a favorite season to visit the mountains. Without a doubt, fall prevails as the most popular. Folks in the low country have had their fill of near triple digit temperatures and lack of rain has them seeking a quiet and comfortable spot to restore.
This is "your time" to consider a restful and revitalizing stay at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast. The inn is in top condition and the weather could not be more perfect. Swatches of fall color have been detected on property and have started to show themselves on the nearby hillsides.
With all the activity and options in our nearby town, we are never surprised at the number of guests that choose to just sit and relax on our expansive veranda, garden terrace or decks while enjoying the view.

A recent guest offered a review of her stay at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast by writing: "In a word, The Oaks is 'Absolute Perfection'! (Which we're pretty sure is two words.)
Now is the time to check your calendar and checkout our prices and availability! Call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast TODAY!
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)

Thompson Store and Ward's Grill: oldest grocery store in NC for 125 years and Ward's grill serving you for 55 years.
In the Grill
We are excited to announce that Samantha Sester is our new grill manager.  Samantha has been with us for eight years and she can cook and serve some of the best food around.  She is married to Berry Sester and has three boys.  Come in and try some of our new items on the menu like Pulled Pork BBQ, Shrimp, Classic Reuben, Taco Soup and always a fresh fruit cobbler and brownies.  New for breakfast, is steak & eggs and we now are serving Jr. Burgers for all ages.

Veteran's Breakfast September 17, 2015, 7AM TO 10AM: Invite a Veteran and Come Eat With Us
We are hiring a part time cook, if you are interested stop in and talk to Samantha or Judy.
In the Store
At the store this month, we have Local Apples: Honey Crisp, Gala, and Jonagold straight from a farm in Saluda.  We also have local honey, apple butter and many more delicious local products.  We are carrying Mimi's Mountain Bread Beer Mixes, which supports Women & Children Shelters.  When you are in the store, be sure to check out our frozen meals; no need to cook, we have prepared meals for you. If you have not tried Sam's Rotisserie Chicken, it is the best.  Remember we have also homemade pimento cheese, regular or hot, great for dipping and upcoming Labor Day picnics and tailgate parties.
In our Meat Market, you can purchase the freshest Ground Chuck, Boneless Chicken Breast, Boneless Pork Loin, and the Best Steak in town.
New in our store is Warhorse Cleaning Product made from Sunflower, Avocado, Coconut, Sweet Almond, & Castor Oil with Dead Sea Salt.  Sunflower Oils supply more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil on the market.  We have hand soap, pet shampoo and all purpose cleaning soap.  The all purpose cleaning soap can be used for all your cleaning areas.
Remember to try us First and to Shop Local.
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
We welcome fall and all that comes with it--cooler days, beautiful skies and the leaves changing colors.  We also welcome the fall vegetables, apples and the soups that come with the cooler days.  We will reintroduce your favorites such as Brunswick Stew and our Famous Smokehouse Chili. We will also have ever changing homemade soups.  This all comes as the days get cooler.
The local beers on tap are changing to Octoberfest, Pumpkin Ales and Porters! We now have the very popular "Not Your Father's Root Beer"! Ale brewed with spices coming in at 10% ABV. We also do a root beer float with this...adults only!
We still continue our week day specials!
Come join us on the patio this fall.  Look for a fire pit and corn hole to be added mid September.
We are open 7 days a week and open until 8 PM on Sunday's! We will be closing September 14-16th to upgrade equipment and for cleaning. 
We look forward to our Fall visitors.

Our Hours:
Monday's 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 
Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays
Sunday's Noon-8pm
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.    
Wildflour Bakery    
BIG NEWS from Wildflour -- I will admit, not everyone will be as excited as I am on this announcement; but to all those that have asked for a nonGMO oil in our breads, this will matter.  After nearly 2 years of searching, I have found a supplier that has a beautiful, NonGMO sunflower oil that is now totally replacing all soy oil.  I would add a super big happy face here, if I knew how.
A couple of September dates to remember: 
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.  YES ...We Will Be OPEN
TOTG Concert, Friday, Sept. 11....Call ahead and order your pizza.  What a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening in Saluda.
Looking ahead to October: Saturday, October 10.  Artists Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard -- a parking lot full of talented, local artists and our very, very favorite HOGTOWN SQUEALERS will be here with their fun, fantastic and free for all music!

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.
qr codes
Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Local Market
Largest selection of locally made specialty Foods in the area.  Over 50 local craft beers available as singles.  Locally made arts and crafts including Student fundraiser crafts by Ashebots Robotics, Bordeaux Family & Eleanor Irene School.  Look for Wildflour Bake Shop's Vegetarian Lasagna and Chicken Pot Pie in our freezer section and meats from Hickory Nut Gap, Bradley Farm & Sunburst Trout. Find local butter, cheeses, hot sauces, pickles and more - all locally produced!
NEW in the shop: Cappy Hall Rearick's new book 50 Shades of Southern - a certain best seller! We now have Butternut & Winter Squash with recipe cards, Jams from the Apple Mill in Saluda and a new Gluten Free Brownie Mix from Dolci di Maria!

Saluda Artist Catherine Ross has added new themes to our selection of handmade greeting cards.
September is going to be a busy month and we have exciting events planned into the Fall. Watch our Facebook page for more sales, events and news.
September 4, 11, 18 & 25th (Friday nights)
Wine Tasting every Friday from 5 - 7 PM during Wildflour Bake Shop's Pizza night.
September 19, 2015 (Saturday) 
Polk Fresh Farm Tours!  
Saluda has six great Farms/Gardens participating in this year's tour: Bradley Farm, Buttercup Cottage Farm, Blue Ridge Mountain Trout, Phil Holbert Honey, Robinson Community Garden and Meanwhile's Local Market Shop. More Farms and Wineries on the tour and tickets good to get into an additional 36 Farms on the ASAP Farm Tour. Tickets for sale at Meanwhile's Shop. Stop by for more details.
September 19 & 20, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
ArtTrek - Foothills Open Studios
Yes, the same day as the Farm Tours, artists from all over our area will open their studios to the public. Meanwhile's Shop will be a rest stop plus offering discounts throughout the weekend. We will also show Student arts & crafts, Folk Art, and paintings by Jeannie Irvin.
SAVE the Dates!
Friday, October 9, 2015  Its a special birthday. Stop by and help celebrate.  
Saturday, October 10, 2015  Nostalgia Courtyard Artists Fair 10 - 4 with music by The Hogtown Squealers. 
Saturday, October 17, 2015  Southern Sweetness meets Italian Bubbly when two great Southern Women come together for the afternoon. Watch our Facebook page for more details! 
September 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.

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 
Summer at Random Arts has been remarkable in more ways than one and we 
have all of you to thank for that! In the 4 years that we have been at our new location, we've surpassed all of our expectations and projections and now we are bringing it on in bigger and better ways to satisfy your artistic and fashion needs.

What's New!
New lines of women's clothing has come in and gone out on a regular basis along with lots of fun and fanciful accessories. However, all new styles and warmer weather items will be coming in quite soon. We find it hard to think about what next spring will bring, so we are focusing on the "now". Subtle & soft French terry vests and hooded winter wear will keep us warm when we need it, as well as stylish warm handcrafted alpaca scarves with unique hand details like nothing else. If you are looking for a new tunic to wear with colorful leggings, look no further. This month you will find more colors, more jewelry, more accessories & more styles that have the one and only "Random Arts" look.
Too busy to schedule some creative time?
We can fix that! In September we are offering a multitude of 2-3 hour workshops both in the mornings and afternoons so you can schedule some creative time into your busy day. Priced to fit your budget, too.
Tues., Sept. 1st. - Zen Doodle 10-noon (no fee & no pre-registration) bring a pen and paper.
Fri., Sept. 4th - "Paint your Pet" Watercolor  1pm-4pm with Miriam Hughes- Beginners become artists in one day! $40.
Sat. ,Sept. 5th - "Gelli Plates Fun" 1-3:30  Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are very cool! 2+ hours of fun filled paper printing (bring along paper for printing) $30.
Thurs. , Sept. 10th - Gouache Resist 10am - 12:30 It's simple, it's fun and the results are amazing. You'll create several block prints that you can copy or frame. Anyone can do it. Samples can be seen at the shop. $25.
Sat., Sept. 12th - The Magic of Transfers -  1-3:30 Discover numerous ways to transfer photos & images to paper or fabric. $30.
Tues. ,Sept. 15th - Zen Doodle 10-noon (no fee & no pre-registration) bring a pen and paper.
Thurs., Sept. 17th - Torn Birds Collage 10-noon Beginners welcome as you create your very own collage with papers. $30.
Sat. ,Sept. 19th - Create the Day Away 11-4 It's all for you today. Bring a project, enjoy the studio... it's all yours. NO FEE
Fri. ,Sept. 25th - Jodi Ohl teaches Grunge INK 10-4 Well known artist Jodi Ohl spends an entire day encouraging your creativity with Abstract Art work with Yupo Paper & Golden High Flow acrylics. $125. Beginners Welcome.
Sat. , Sept. 26th - Jodi Ohl teaches "Skinny Mini Cities 10-4 With Jodi's gentle encouragement you'll create several colorful, clean and vibrant acrylic  paintings in this all day workshop. $125. Beginners Welcome.
Sun., Sept 27th - Jodi Ohl teaches "Bold & Beautiful Blossoms... plus a bird or two". If color is your thing than you won't want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from Jodi.  Beginners Welcome.

OPEN: Tues. through Sat. 10-5  
Phone: 828-749-1165
Please like us on Facebook or find us online.  Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone Email:  
macon bank
Macon Bank announces name change to Entegra Bank.
Macon Bank will become Entegra Bank on October 1, 2015. The name change will help the bank as it moves into new markets in the Carolinas. Customers will still find the same smiling faces in the same places as before. Most importantly, the bank's focus on serving customers as a strong, independent community bank remains the same.
Our bank has been helping customers 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    

For Sale! Tantastic Tanning Salon is for SALE! Great opportunity to own your own business and be your own boss. Including 3 regular beds with high pressure facials and one high pressure bed that has fresh bulbs. All lobby furniture, tons of lotions, everything you need to operate. Great customer volume! Selling to be at home with my young children.  There is plenty of room to add a hair stylist or nail tech. Rent is extremely affordable! Call Resa at 828-674-1779 to schedule an appointment to see.
Art Trek 2015
September 19-20
A celebration at the Upstairs Artspace to kick off the 7th annual Art Trek, an exploration of the array of fine art and craft our foothills have to offer. Art Trek is an Open Studios Festival, where 24 local artists of renown open their doors to the public on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

It begins with a Preview Party Friday, September 18 from 5-7:30 at the gallery and continues until the closing reception on Saturday, October 16. Upstairs Artspace will be showcasing artworks from participating artists throughout Tryon, Saluda and Mill Spring, North Carolina, as well as in Landrum, South Carolina. Upstairs Artspace is at 49 Trade St., Tryon, NC.

A map will be available at the gallery and many area businesses that directs you to the location of the studios. You can also download the map from the website.

Contributing Artists 
Ann Gleason
Lori Heckelman
Victoria Jetton
Doc Welty (Saluda) 
Agri-Tourism Events
Sat, Sept 19  6th Annual PolkFresh Farm Tour, 9 to 2pm, Wineries 12pm to 6pm 
Please support our local farmers & growers!  This is my last year coordinating this and we want to make sure everyone has felt the community's love.  For only $25 per carload (grab a suburban/van),  you can visit loads of farms, barns and all 5 vineyards in Polk.  New this year is Saluda!  Also, your ticket is reciprocated on the ASAP Farm Tour on Sunday. All proceeds go back to our farmers and support of the Mill Spring Ag Center.  
Sun, Sept 27, 1pm to 5pm  2nd Annual  Taste of Our Carolina Foothills
Love to eat and drink while doing good for the community? (Pretty sure if you're on my list, the answer is, YES). Nearly 50 food artisans, chefs, caterers, wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries will gather at one of my favorite places (yes, bias) for a spectacular fundraising  event to keep funding Our Carolina Foothills ad campaigns going strong in 2016 to our local and regional media.  Tickets are $45 which is less than $1 for each bite or sip of the best food in the Foothills. (If you are a food vendor that has not confirmed, PLEASE contact me as we will be laying map over next 2 weeks.)
There is nothing more important to me than supporting our growers and keeping our area rural but also a place where we can live and support ourselves. The best way? Agri-tourism!
Mindy Wiener
323 228-4959
828 863-2355
Tips for Conserving Water
Saluda and the surrounding areas continue to experience drier than average weather.  The North Carolina Drought Advisory issued by the Drought Management Advisory Council encourages us all to be aware of water use and waste and to take steps to conserve water.  When water flows freely from the spigots, it is easy to forget that the water comes from somewhere and that our water
Hand Water Pump mounted over spring fed water cistern 
sources are running low.  For those whose water comes from wells or springs, learning about water storage, water saving and use of grey water is a must.  Through the years of building our Homestead at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda, we have designed and built many types of water systems including a gravity fed spring water system, rainwater collection systems, slow-sand-filtration system and underground water cisterns.  Much of what we learned came from three web sites that we want to share. 

Whether it be water saving, storage or harvesting, ideas and projects can be found at one of the web sites above.  Save Water!  
Submitted by Meanwhile, Back in Saluda
Saluda Faces
Melody Gibson

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    
Come to Saluda on the weekends, and there are times when it's hard to find a parking space, but Melody Gibson remembers the late 1980's when the quaint little business district was nearly on life support.
"It was almost dying," Melody said. "It really was. There were empty buildings, and lots of folks here just didn't realize what we had--buildings that should have been on the National Register, plus all the history that goes with the railroad and the Saluda Grade and the Green River, too."
Things have changed since then--restaurants, shops, a public library, buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places--and many of them done with Melody's imprint on them.
"My dad, Paul Pace, owned a lot of property here years ago," she said, "so my family has been in the town and cared about it for a long time.
"I love Saluda," she said, "but it was really out of self-defense that I first got motivated to do something. I had just opened a business here in 1989, and I was worried about where the customers were going to come from. In 1991 I started a 'non-profit' to help get grants to do some of these things in the town."
A library for Saluda was a major project, she explained, requiring a lot of local money and community participation. One of the continuing grants comes from The Gates Foundation and "has furnished the computers for the Saluda Library, and continues to keep them updated."
When Melody attended public school in Saluda, there was no town library. "There were times when I literally had to hitch-hike to Hendersonville to the library to get my papers done." Now, she said, "The school bus stops here at the library after school where kids can take advantage of that resource without having to go to Hendersonville, Columbus or Tryon."
Once things started happening, she said, residents got involved and could see that changes for the better could come without sacrificing the character of the little mountain town.
Melody is a board member of the Saluda Historic Depot project, organized to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot. The first goal is to raise $55,000 as a down payment for the old depot building on Main Street. At present, she said, more than $40,000 has been raised, "and we're just getting started, so I think things are going pretty well."
Artists, railroad buffs, tourists, and others have discovered the depot, and the events calendar is filling up for the late summer and fall.
"Saluda's history is rich," Melody said. "The story of the town and its relationship to the railroad and the Saluda Grade gives us a great story to tell. Factor in the recreation and vacation opportunities here, and it all makes this a wonderful place to live and for people to visit."

By Ken Webb

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
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. Film shoots have taken place throughout the spring and summer, but are now 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 or folk music that influenced Saluda's musical tastes yesterday and are still influencing today. This film, to be released in time for the Holidays, 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.
Change in meeting date! The HSC will meet Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to or contact us at 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
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

ApplesCopisa Orchard
Where Apples Grow Best
By Miss Tocoa Sanders, Owner, from Saluda Magazine, Winter 1936-1937 edition published by Susan Leland Craig from 1936-1938.
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, three miles from Saluda and nine miles from Hendersonville, is Copisa Or­chard-commercial. It is located on an elevation of about 2,200 feet above sea level, just off the Spar­tanburg-Asheville highway, and is surrounded by mountain peaks and high hills on all sides. There are some 1,200 to 1,500 trees in the orchard, yield­ing as high as 15 to 20 bushels per tree.
The best methods of orchard culture are followed at Copisa. The trees are pruned annually and sev­eral sprays are applied to the trees and fruit during the season, the spray liquid being put on with a triplex power sprayer under pressure of 300 pounds to prevent fungus diseases and insect injury. When the harvest season is on, the fruit is handpicked, graded and sized, and packed in bushel baskets. The leading varieties are Delicious, Stayrnan, King Da­vid, Grimes Golden, Yorks, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Winesap, and Mammoth Black Twig. As this goes to press in March, perfect red Winesaps picked last September are being eaten at Copisa Or­chard.
The Saluda section of Western North Carolina is well suited to the growing of apples and the day is not far distant when it will become the "apple bin" of the south. The fact that apples grown in and around Saluda won premiums at the Western North Carolina Show held in Asheville, 1920, three va­rieties of Copisa apples winning first, second, and third prizes, and at international apple shows held in the West, attracted the attention of expert apple growers and special writers on horticulture to this section. Many articles have appeared in leading magazines, fruit and farm papers exploiting the advantages of Saluda as an apple growing section. Mr. William Harper Dean, special writer for the Country Gentleman, visited Saluda and wrote of its splendid possibilities for the development of com­mercial apple orchards. He said that if he were go­ing to plant an apple orchard he would plant it in the Saluda section of Western North Carolina, be­cause the soil and climate are congenial to the apple and because of the accessibility to the large markets of the south.
The managing editor of the American Fruit Grower, in an article appearing in that publication, declared that the commercial possibilities of apples is brighter and has more of the golden opportunity in it than has existed at any time in its history. In his opinion the apple section of the South Atlantic States will become the great apple growing region of the country, supplanting the North Atlantic States in apple production.
For years there has been a growing demand for Saluda apples. It is an undisputed fact that Western North Carolina apples have a flavor and color that is not surpassed by apples grown in the Northwestern States or the North Atlantic States.   
To a man looking for a location for an apple or­chard, he cannot go wrong by planting his orchard near Saluda, where the soil and the climate are just right.
You are given a cordial invitation to visit Copisa Orchard when in Saluda or Hendersonville, or driv­ing through the mountains. You will be interested in the trees and will enjoy a fine view of Tryon peak. Sugar Loaf, and other mountains.
Copisa House, erected over a half-cen­tury ago by an Englishman (Mr. Hewitt, who married the daughter of an Episcopal minister of Virginia) and said to be a re­plica of his English home, was bought about a quarter-century ago by the father of Miss Tocoa Sanders who inherited the property from him. This is one of the most pictur­esque old places in the country. The ivy on this beautiful old house was propagated from plants brought over from England. In it are books over a hundred years old. Miss Sanders and her brother, Mr. C. E. Sanders, live in this lovely old country home and carry on the beautiful and valu­able apple orchard planted by their father.
Our Years in Saluda
Mona Patterson
This was a letter written for the Saluda 100 Year History book with permission from one of the authors, Charlene Pace.

Our mother and father moved to Saluda in 1902, with two babies, Marvin and Josephine, and there they added nine more babies and raised nine of these eleven to adulthood in Saluda, so it is home to all of us and to a good many grandchildren.
At that time, Saluda was a railroad town and our father came to run the helper engine that pushed the great trains up the Saluda Mountain, the steepest grade east of the Rockies. There was always great excitement on the passenger trains, when the train stopped in Melrose at the foot of the mountain, and the great locomotive was hooked on to the back of the train to be pushed up the mountain, and on some of the curves of the mountain you could see the engine on the back of the train, puffing and straining to push them up. It is a pity that we don't have that anymore.
Our father was a man who took his work and his family very seriously and he lived his religion every day. He told us many times that he put his life in God's hands every time he climbed the steps on that engine, and he had some harrowing experiences. Once when he was backing down the mountain, there was a faulty rail and the engine turned over against the mountain. If the faulty rail had been on the other side, the engine would have gone down the mountain and into the Pacolet River. Another time he had gone down to carry a cattle train that had gone into #1 safety track, down the mountain and the brakes gave way and he went into #2 safety track. The runaway train thundered down the mountain and his fireman and conductor jumped off, but our father stayed on, praying for God to take care of him and when the train finally stopped he was wet with perspiration and shaking like a leaf, but he was O.K.

He loved his fellowman and never met a stranger. One dear old lady was killed in Melrose early one morning; she didn't see the engine as it was very cold and the smoke and steam made it very hard to see. It hurt our father deeply and it was a long time before he got over that. He loved all the dear people up on that mountain.

I think one of the most exciting things for all of us was when President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private train passed through Saluda on his way back to Washington from Warm Springs, Georgia, and our dad and his crew pushed his train up the mountain. He met some interesting people. The railroad men stayed around the depot and passenger train time was an exciting event; we had four passenger trains a day, two going north and two going south. He met Dorothy Dix when she visited the Robinsons who had a summer home there, and he enjoyed talking with her. He respected all people, regardless of color or creed.

Our father always seemed to know when there was anyone sick or in trouble anywhere in the vicinity. I can remember when we were small, daddy would call mama from the station and say, "Maggie, so and so is sick and they need help" or "so and so has died and you had better go" and mama would say" Ernest, as soon as I get the children off to school and do the things I have to do, I'll go" and daddy would say.
"Maggie, they need you now" and mama would go then. Our mother and father were two of God's best, and we were blest beyond measure to have such parents. I think we were also lucky to be born and to grow up in Saluda; the folks there are very special folks.

Our father never drove anything but a steam locomotive run with coal. The diesel engine was just beginning to take over when our father retired in 1942. He ran the helper longer than any other man, forty long years. He died in 1944 at the age of seventy-two. He lived a wonderful, full life. He and our mother raised a big family and helped with many grandchildren. One, Pat Hingle, an actor now, says his granddad had a big impact on his life, and he finally got to play the part of an engineer in a movie made for TV called "Disaster on The Coast Line." He was the engineer on an Amtrak train that was programmed for a head-on collision with another train. Quite exciting, Pat said he enjoyed making the movie more than any he had ever done as it reminded him of his granddad whom he loved so much. Saluda is still very dear to Pat and to all the Patterson family; a part of us will always be there. We have precious memories of all the dear people who live there, they are real folks.
My mother and I lived there after all our family moved away. Mama was an invalid and lost her sight seven years before she and I left Saluda and moved to Columbia, SC. I cared for her those seven years and our neighbors and friends were wonderful to us. Whenever I needed anything, there was always someone at our door. A lovely hot meal, a good friend brought in my coal and kindling, carried out the ashes and brought my mail. Everyone, even the men on the garbage truck, were wonderful. Always a helping hand when I needed one. In the winter, with deep snow on the ground, someone always came to see what I needed. So you see, there is no place on earth like Saluda and I'll never forget all my dear friends and neighbors there.

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