Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
November 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 Elections
Veteran's Day
Brown Bag
Annual Turkey Dinner
Halloween Stroll
Thermal Belt Outreach
Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
Saluda Tailgate
City Notes
Fundraisers for Pace Park
Saluda Center News
Advanced Directives Seminar
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Holiday Gallery
Saluda Scoop
Cathy Jackson Realty Merger
Green River Kayak Race
Blue Ridge Trail Sign
Polk County Toy Run
Saluda Hometown Christmas
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
I Remember Saluda
Article Headline
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

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All Saluda properties are 20 to 30 minutes from the new Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. Live at the top of the grade for cooler temperatures and long-range mountain views!

New on the Market!

Enjoy Mountain Lake Living on Lake Sheila in this mountain cabin nestled among the rhododendrons and pines. Open living space and vast ceiling height in great room, and large windows open onto a view of the lake. Downstairs family room is great for entertaining and housing guests. No yard maintenance. 3 BR, 3BA, 2772 SF, .91 ac MLS#3120389, $369,500.Click here for virtual tour.
Solid Brick Traditional Rancher Let your imagination and ideas turn this solid built brick traditional rancher into your dream home. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2100 SF, 2-car garage, .92 acres, MLS#3123118, $205,000

Live the life on 26+ acres of privacy in this home built with natural materials, energy efficiency with stunning custom details and finishes throughout. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, heart pine wood floors, arch beamed ceiling, master suite.Oversized garage and gentle land for garden and flower beds. Clear more for horse pasture. 30 min from Tryon International Equestrian Center. 3BR, 2.5 BA, approx 3314 SF, MLS#3124400, Offered $850,000 Click here for virtual tour.

Newly constructed home has everything today's buyer wants. An open floor plan, 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors. An impressive kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steal appliances, hickory cabinets, island open to dining area with large bay window, deck for eating outside, an 8 foot wide stone fireplace, split bedroom plan, large master features his/her walk-in closets & sinks.Sunny yard. Located in desirable neighborhood 4 walkable blocks to Main St. shops. 3BR, 2BA, 1548 SF, 2-car garage. MLS#3124673, $193,000

Spacious and meticulous home
with 3 acres for privacy built for easy maintenance and care.Features hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, open floor plan,master on the main level,and 2-car garage.Enjoy passing the time away on 28 ac pristine Lake Sheila for fishing, swimming, boating. 4BR, 3 BA, 2-car garage, 3.5 acres.
3119261, $460,000 Click here for virtual tour. Click here for virtual tour. 

Featured Listings for the Month 

Cabin on 20+ acres with approx 5 acres of pasture area and 2 acres on the Green River.Property adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands. 253 SF of unfinished room upstairs not incl in total SF and full unfinished 2BR, 1 BA, MLS#NCM593857m $399,000

Circa 1900 this charming bungalow is picture perfect walkable to historic downtown Saluda. 3BR, 2BA, approx 1600 SF MLS#NCM594400, $288,000 Click here for virtual tour. 
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#NCM592958 $495,000. Click here for virtual tour.
At Lake Hosea. Take pleasure immediately in this move-in ready mountain home with low maintenance, newer appliances, bathroom upgrades, hardwood floors and gas fireplace. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#NCM589886, $172,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
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 UNDER CONTRACT! 

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#NCM589420, Offered at $399,900
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#NCM589194, $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#NCM589729, $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#NCM588908, $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#NCM533759, REDUCED $375,000
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#NCM581168 $299,800

PRICE CHANGE! 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.,.92 ac MLS#NCM583299, offered at $350,000 
Click here for tour.
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
PENDING! 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
6 ac with pond, close to town, MLS#543247, $118,000
2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 
Saluda City Lots
1.74 ac on Henderson St., MLS#569914, $90,000  
.56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000
NEW!.23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000

 Piney Mountain 
NEW!3.07 ac, MLS#589931, $38,000

NEW!1.65 Ac views,adj NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643 
NEW!1.46 ac, MLS#585785, $48,000 

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
2.69 ac view lot, $40,000, MLS#578015  
NEW!1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
NEW!2.01 ac, MLS#593461, $21,000
NEW!4.89 ac. MLS#588641, $42,000 
6+ ac on Green River, Silver Creek Tubing, MLS#572171, #175,000
 51.83 ac unrestricted land, $259,900, MLS#567003
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
8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $70,000
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
20.77 ac, MLS#588437, $149,900

 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 October 31, 2015). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      40         14        

Homes 2014      33         0       


Land 2015          11        1                           

Land 2014          7          0 


Click here to see a new Real Estate Trend Report for Saluda.


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

Duke Energy Foothills Modernization Links
Annual Calendar of Events


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

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

Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market, November 28, 1-3 


Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. December 11, 2015   

Dates to Remember

Saluda Historic Depot Open Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. 


Saluda Downtown Foundation meets 2nd Tuesday, at 5pm at the Saluda Library. 


Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, November 3 at 5:30 at Saluda Historic Depot.  


Saluda Community Land Trust retreat November 4 location to be announced. 


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


Veteran's Day Ceremony, November 11 at 3:30pm at Memorial Park on Greenville St. 


Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner, November 14, 5 to 7pm at Saluda School cafeteria.


Saluda Historic Depot Holiday Gallery Opening Reception, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm. 


CHANGE! The Historic Saluda Committee

will meet November 20 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  


Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market, November 28, 1 to 3pm. 


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


Saluda Garden Club will meet November 16 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, November 30 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 7PM 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 Elections - Voting Election Day
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Hours at all polling places are from 6:30am to 7:30pm. The sites are as follows:
Columbus Municipal-Columbus Town Hall
Tryon Municipal-Log Cabin-Harmon Field
Saluda Municipal-Fire Department
For more information about voting registration, please call Karen Lawrence, Deputy Director of Elections, Polk County at 828-894-8181.
Henderson County Saluda Residents Polling Location is at the Mountain Page Community Building, November 3, 2015 from 6:30am to 7:30pm.  Click here for dates, times, and additional location.

Saluda Elections
Karen Bultman has withdrawn for the Saluda City Commisioner's race.  Because of Karen's withdrawal, Commissioner Lynn Cass is now running as a "write in" candidate for the Saluda Commissioner seat.  Other candidates running for Saluda Commissioner seats are Leon Morgan and Stan Walker.
Veteran's Day Celebration
Saluda will celebrate Veteran's Day with a ceremony to honor our Veteran's on November 11, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Memorial Park on Greenville St. Ceremony presented by the Polk County VFW.
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available November 20  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.
Annual Turkey Dinner
turkey The Saluda United Methodist Church's annual Turkey Dinner will be Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (or until the food runs out) in the Saluda School cafeteria!
Once again a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, drinks, rolls, and homemade desserts will be served.  The cost will be $9 for adults and $5 for children who are 12 years of age and younger.
There will be take-out plates available, but no take-out drinks.
Tickets are on sale by the Methodist Church members. You may also purchase tickets at the door.  
Hope you can join us for a great food, fellowship, and fun!
Holiday Bazaar!
Church of the Transfiguration Holiday Bazaar!
Saturday, November 21 from 10-1PM in the Parish Hall
Handcrafted by local artisans: carved hobby horse, stools, crib quilt, hand painted note cards, silk jewelry bags, collectible "church  mice", wreaths, stained glass ornaments, and so much more! Do your holiday shopping all in one place. And don't forget the super tasty home baked goods!! Yum...
For more information call Judy Hunt (843) 271-0257.
Thermal Belt Outreach
Our 2015 ornament for our annual Thermal Belt Outreach fundraiser is a fall leaf in pewter, brass or copper.  Representing the beauty of our place as the leaves change and fall they are perfect for autumn hostess gifts or holiday tree ornaments. Remember that the entire retail price of $14 goes directly to Thermal Belt Outreach to help those in our area who are in need of assistance. They will slip easily into holiday cards to mail to friends and family, stockings that need to be stuffed, and they make a great thank-you gift. It really is the gift that keeps on giving because we give it all to Thermal Belt Outreach and they give it all to your neighbors in need. Share the spirit of the season and help us sell out for Thermal Belt.
Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365
Visit our website. 

Saluda Historic Depot News

November is a month of Thanksgiving and what a wonderful month of activities at the Depot.  We have a full month of events planned with Railroad Day, and the Saluda Holiday Gallery.  All of the events that we have hosted and promoted in the past months have been great for the Depot and the town, and the Saluda Train Tales have been very popular with every seat filled.  Plan on attending the next one and let the speaker take you back in the days when the railroad was built up the grade and when there were 38 passenger trains through Saluda a day.
We are so pleased with the support that we have received from the community and from each of you.  We have new brochures and rack cards that have been distributed to visitor centers throughout western NC, and more people will be coming to see the Saluda Historic Depot.  It is amazing to see the number of visitors we have in Saluda, and they all love coming in and seeing the building that is so much like it would have been in 1903 and watching the train movies.  Remember when your family and friends are in town for the holidays to bring them to the depot for a visit.  They will thoroughly enjoy it.

Museum Ideas and Design
In collaboration with the Saluda Historic Committee, we are hosting an open forum to get the public's ideas on how to design the Saluda Historic Museum. You are invited to attend on November 19, 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Saluda Historic Depot. If you would like to give
input and cannot make this meeting, please take our very brief survey by clicking on this image. Survey will close November 15.

A special thanks to Saluda summer resident, Toni Garcia for donating a handmade quilt to sell as a fundraiser for the depot.  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Thompson's Store and the Saluda Historic Depot. Drawing will be held during Hometown Christmas on December 11.  Toni has contributed her quilts to the Saluda Library and other organizations to help raise money to complete projects. 
We are now a 501(c)3 non-profit and all you donations are tax deductible.  Please continue to support our Saluda Historic Depot as we plan with the Historic Saluda Committee to design our museum to open in spring of 2016.
We, the board thank you and wish you Happy Holidays.

Thanks, Judy Ward, Chairperson 


The Saluda Historic Depot is now open Thursday through Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

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. 

In the News
Trains Magazine's new November 2015 issue has placed the Saluda Grade on the short list of rail related places to VISIT! The list is comprised of the top 75 rail related destinations in the USA and Saluda Grade came in at #54. This is inclusive of our entire nation coast to coast. The magazine references rail history from 1940-2015. There were a total of 3 NC destinations mentioned of the 75 to visit throughout the country; Saluda, Andrew's Geyser (Old Fort), and the NC Transportation Museum (Spencer).
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
  • 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 Holiday Market

Our annual Holiday Tailgate Market will be Saturday, November 28 from 1-3 in the tailgate market lot. We accept agriculturally themed crafts for this one market only, along with the regular bountiful fare of winter veggies, baked goods, jams and jellies. We expect to have trout, beef, chicken and pork as well as holiday wreathes and decor. This is always a fun gathering and a wonderful way to introduce your holiday guests to Saluda at its best. Come join us and plan to fill your holiday gift bags with local food and handcrafts. For more information contact Shelley at 828-606-5713 or email
Visit website for more information.  
CityCity Notes

city hall The City of Saluda will hold an Open House November 7, 2-4 pm.
City of Saluda with help from our residents will be collecting Toys and Donations again this year for Saluda Children in need. More info to follow. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall.
Blue Ridge Heritage Trail sign installed at Pace Park.

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

In this season of Thanksgiving, an engraved paver is a great token to show your appreciation. You can have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park as a recognition as a contributor to this new community park.  This park will be in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and will be the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.

$40 each, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Download an application here.
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms. 
Now is the time to purchase your paver as the infrastructure is being developed and the laying of pavers will begin. 
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or  

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Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email and ask to be placed on the email list.
Fundraisers for Pace Park
Saluda Railroad Day
Since July 4, 1878, when the first passenger train came to Saluda, the railroad and the City of Saluda have always had a special connection. We would like to showcase this special bond on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. when the city of Saluda will be holding Saluda's Railroad Day.
We invite everyone to come and help us celebrate our rich history of the railroad. Railroad Model Displays will be setup throughout the town provided by Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. Asheville Model Railroad Club will be having a large scale model in the gym at Saluda School and a smaller display at the Saluda Historic Depot. Trackless train ride for children, arts & crafts, live music, hobo stew, and antique railroad push cars will be on display.
Polk County History Museum will have a display of railroad artifacts. Hub City Model Railroad Club will be showing videos of their trips up the famous Saluda Grade. Something for everyone will be at this event. 
A Hobo Stew Lunch will be served in the Saluda United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  For a mere $5 you will be served a delicious meal of Hobo Stew, cornbread, dessert, and a drink.  The meal is sponsored by Saluda's Welcome Table.  All proceeds will be donated to the building of public restrooms in Pace Park.
For more information about these events, please contact the City of Saluda at 828-749-2581 or Tangie Morgan at 828-749-1514. Visit the city's website for more information. 

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 November calendar.  For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.   
The Saluda Center book club will meet on Thurs., Nov. 5 at 2 pm to discuss All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer prize.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Nov. 30 at 6:00 pm. Plan to attend and bring a covered dish. 
Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained SHIIP volunteer, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245. (Medicare Part D open enrollment Oct. 15-Dec. 7)

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 ready for the cold weather with winter clothing and great prices. The Barn also has a large inventory of seasonal items at bargain prices.   An expanded gently used book section, now the Barn's Book Nook, features great reading material and a comfy chair for perusing the books. Come check us out Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4, right behind the Saluda Center on Greenville Street. All proceeds support the Saluda Center. 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. 
FREE Advanced Directives Seminar
Mark Your Calendars Now!
The Saluda Community is offering a free seminar Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Saluda Senior Center from 5:30-7pm.
Meg Hoke, from Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, will be speaking and also answering questions that you may have about Advanced Directives. We will have forms and a notary at the meeting if you want to complete the healthcare decisions. There are sample forms to read that the following locations:

Saluda Senior Center
Saluda Library
City Hall
Welcome Table
Garden Club
Saluda Elementary School Office
Presbyterian Church
Methodist Church
Transfiguration Episcopal Church
First Baptist Church of Saluda

For questions, call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518 or call Mary Ann Hester at 864-325-9292.
Tribal Bellydance

Tribal belly dance classes at the Saluda Center 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."


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

Friday 8:00am


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.
Saluda Community Land Trust
Walks in the Woods
For the last scheduled "Walk in the Woods" for 2015, join us on Sunday November 1st for Round Mountain: 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 for SCLT and trail work is still in progress there. The views are lovely. 
For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or (828) 749-9886 or
There will be an all day retreat instead of a regular SCLT board meeting on Wednesday, November the 4. If you are interested in attending, please call the SCLT office for more information 828-749-1560.
As you think of end of the year giving, please consider membership gifts ($25. per year) for friends and family members. All donations are tax deductible to our 501-c-3 organization and you will be given proof of all donations. Thank you for giving to your local community land trust whose mission is preserving Saluda's special places.
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.
New Social Club in Saluda
Single Women of Saluda has a new name: Social Singles of Saluda
Our group is open to all singles of any age (yes, men too) to join us at our monthly potlucks at the Saluda Center on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6pm.
We will not meet in November as on that date, November 19, there is an important community meeting at the Saluda Historic Depot that our group would like to attend.
December 17 will be our Holiday Party at 5pm instead of 6pm. Please join us for this event, when we also exchange gifts not to exceed $10.00 and/or a White Elephant gift.
Please email or telephone 828-749-3335, if you have any questions.
Anita Moore
Holiday Decorations at the Saluda Library
The day to decorate the Saluda Library is on Wednesday, December 9 at 10am to be ready for Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 11.
If you would like to help, please let me know, or just show up that morning. We are still in need of standing Angels to go along with our theme Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Please let us know if you have any angels to loan to the library until after the first of the year.
Anita Moore, 828-749-3335.
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 16 at the Saluda Library. 

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.
Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015  at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.   
All are welcome and invited. For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439 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.
Saluda Community Choir
Sing in the Saluda Community Choir!
Tuesdays, 7pm - 8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church beginning Tuesday, Oct 7.

Be brave, even if you claim that you can't sing, come connect and have fun!

For more information, please contact Patricia, the director at 828-424-0017.

Located off W Main Street, past the Saluda Tailgate parking lot.
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Saluda Elementary School Events 
If you are interested in becoming a reading tutor for Saluda Elementary School's After School Academy or if you have special hobbies, talents, career(s) or travel "tales" you would like to present to After School Academy participants, please email for more information.
Reminder:  To help keep our students safe, the playground, walking trail, basketball and tennis courts are not open to the public during school hours.  
Saluda Elementary welcomed three new teaching assistants to our staff this month:  Lindsey Burnett, Christin Varnes and Tena Greene.  
Nov. 6   PreK-5 students to view model train exhibit in school gym
Nov. 7    Saluda Railroad Day Event
Nov. 9    6:30pm  School Board Meeting at Stearns
Nov. 10   Strawbridge Studios Make-up Pictures
Nov. 11    HOLIDAY (Veteran's Day)----No School
Nov. 12    Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime
Nov. 18    Muddy Sneakers Expedition:  Energy
Nov. 18    Assembly for PreK-5:  Magic of Math
Nov. 20    End of 2nd Six Weeks of School
Nov. 26 & 27    HOLIDAYS---No School
Nov. 30    PreK-5 Assembly:  Holidays Around the World
Nov. 30    Report Cards
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 not 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
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
NEW! Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
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 

Private Guitar, Voice And Violin Lessons -
I come to you. Retired from church music ministry. 20 yrs teaching private music lessons. Proud, new Saludian resident. Call Rob Herbst at 828-489-1592 or email

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.

Tyler Lemuel Thomas, 24, of Macedonia Rd, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill.
Hazel Johnson Jaeger, 86, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at home in Greensboro, NC. Hazel was born and raised in Holbert Cove and kept a summer home in Saluda.
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. 


It's All Good

As fall struggles to hold on to warmer days, it will soon yield its hold in November as Saludians prepare to change seasons and make ready for colder days ahead. Activities will change to raking leaves, cutting and stacking firewood, and pulling out the coats and blankets.
Pots of soups, stews, and chili simmering on the stove on a cold day will replace fresh salads and sandwiches and will comfort the soul as well as providing nourishment.
Wood smoke permeates the air from those first fires of the season to cozy up to for warmth, and Saludians burn piles of dry, crunchy leaves tossed around by kids.
Saludians will pause and reflect on a past year and be thankful for what each season gave: the beautiful spring to awaken our spirits, the return of summer folks and visitors, locally grown produce, festivals and concerts, a late rain that drenched our dry countryside, and a brilliant, colorful fall that will be remembered as one of the best. And most of all, Saludians will show gratitude for kindred community spirit and for each other in a place that draws them together and that calms the restless, inspires the creative, and incites the adventurist.
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion
Winter Hours 
Sunday, November 1 marks the official end of daylight saving time for 2015 and Purple Onion Fall hours. Beginning November 1, we will close Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 PM and also close on Wednesdays and Sundays except for special events.
What Shall We Drink for Thanksgiving?
Holiday Wine Tasting
November 17 @6:30 PM
It's that time of year again when we gather and remember the many things for which we are thankful. Somewhere on that list we would have to include wine, maybe just below the company of friends and family gathered to drink it with us. Our next tasting will be a celebration of the diversity of the American wine-growing culture and will feature wines that partner with the varied and competing flavors of the Thanksgiving meal. Rather than one wine region or distributor, we have chosen to highlight some of our favorites from each of our purveyors. The format for the tasting will be a little less formal; still seven terrific wines and delicious food, but with less wine speak. The cost will be $49 per person and includes a taste of seven wines and several small plates chosen to pair with them. Please call the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 soon to make your reservation as seating is limited.

There's a good chance you'll have a large group at your Thanksgiving table whose tastes and wine savvy span a wide range. But choosing wine for such a diverse gathering needn't be complicated. Our goal: keep it simple. It's all about gathering with friends and family and since not all of them will be wine experts we have chosen some affordable, easy drinking selections that can carry you through an indulgent afternoon into the evening. All wine ordered at the November 17 tasting will be ready for pickup Friday, November 20.

Although we are still choosing the wines, the following guidelines will influence our selections.
*When in doubt, drink bubbles-it's always appropriate and food-friendly and at the very least a great way to begin the festivities.
*Acid is good to contrast and cut through the richness of the food. An affordable, food-friendly Riesling can handle everything from salty appetizers to sweet potatoes and roast turkey and appeals to a wide variety of tastes. A nice dry rosé or sauvignon blanc with bright acidity can also work.
*When it comes to red, avoid overly tannic wines, leaning more toward light and medium-bodied, rounder reds such as fruit-forward pinots, cab francs or one of the Rhone varietals or blends.
*Pinot wines are characterized by a vibrant palette of juicy red and black cherry, bright acidity and gentle tannins. This liveliness and juiciness will enliven and enhance the succulence of any turkey or stuffing. The subtle savory, earthy notes make it a great partner for autumn's bounty of root vegetables and winter squash and the gentle tannins marry well with all the green vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, kale and Swiss chard.
*Cab Franc is usually lighter-bodied and shows less tannin than its relative Cabernet Sauvignon, making it a good red-wine option for turkey or other game birds and just the ticket for autumn: herbal, earthy, spicy but never heavy. It's a food-loving wine; it wants sage, rosemary, roasted root vegetables, paté or wild mushrooms.
* Rhone-style wines and Syrah in particular offer savory, peppery notes which make them a great partner for the holiday feast and there are some terrific, reasonably priced Rhone rangers from California and Syrah from Washington state that are bold enough not to be overwhelmed by the hearty Thanksgiving meal. The hard part here may be choosing which one since I have poured some delicious Grenache Syrah blends at some of our most memorable Thanksgiving celebrations.
Regardless of which of these wines you choose for Thanksgiving, ordering a mixed case or two should give you a nice selection of affordable wine to take you through the holidays. We will try to post selections on the website in the next week. Cheers!
Sweet Claudette
Sunday, November 15 @ 7 PM
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sweet Claudette on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 PM. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. . Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.

Sweet Claudette is made up of members of some of the Southeast's favorite bands. Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters, Dulci Ellenberger of Now You See Them and Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You are joined in this WNC supergroup by Amber Lyle Sims. The seeds of Sweet Claudette were planted at a women's songwriter showcase in the fall of 2009. The four women had so much fun working up tunes for the show, they decided to form a band so they could keep singing and playing together. 

Sweet Claudette's captivating sound is powered by 4- and 6-part harmonies, Motown-inspired backup vocals, and an unusual combo of acoustic instruments: cello, banjo, melodica and guitar. Multicolored kazoos sometimes make a brief appearance as well.

With the addition of hard-hitting rhythm section The Claudes (regional favorites Sav Sankaran on bass and Ryan Lassiter on drums), Sweet Claudette has built an even more fun, danceable and inspired retro sound. The November 2013 release of their long-anticipated EP For the Birds has won Sweet Claudette and the Claudes widespread recognition as a new band to watch in the Southeast.

The buzz about the band centers on their live shows. Every performance is a collaborative, energetic and hugely entertaining event. Band members pass the instruments around and switch leads, cracking up the crowd and one another.

Gorgeous harmonies, outstanding musicianship and world-class songwriting are the qualities that set Sweet Claudette apart from the crowd. What's more, they are very proud to be the only Country/Motown band they've ever heard of. With humor, warmth and consummate musicality, the ladies of Sweet Claudette hope to continue charming the pants off of audiences for many years to come.

Live Music in November               
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.  
November 5 - Dogwhistle
Local Saludan Scott Allen returns with a band that combines the landscape and sounds of Appalachia, Texas and Nashville.
November 7 - Aaron Burdett
This extraordinary Saluda musician is back.
November 12 - Cabo Verde
A change of musical style for us performed by this flamenco-jazz group.
We can't get enough of this band's music and crowd-pleasing energy.
November 15 - Sweet Claudette (Sunday Concert). 
November 19 - Louise Mosrie
Soulful southern folk music from this Nashville-based singer/songwriter.
November 21 - Citizen Mojo
We could not wait to get this blues, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll band back.
Spend the day with friends being grateful.
We end the month with this duo's uncut truth of blues influenced songs.

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
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, November 12, 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

Special Note:  After growing Green River Brew Depot into the new hubbub of Saluda, it is now being offered for sale. Profitable business for owner/operator and living quarters onsite with long-term lease in place. If interested, please call 843-708-7610.

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
In November, we will concentrate on the four artistic processes outlined in the recently updated National Core Arts Standards - Dance.  Our students will use those artistic processes as we create our dance works to be showcased for Saluda's Hometown Christmas.  Our students always look forward to this performance because it brings such joy and Christmas spirit to our community.  We continue to enroll new students through the month of November.  Don't wait any longer!  Come join the fun and creativity and dance with us!
Adults, beginner ballet continues each Monday at 6:00PM.  The one hour class focuses on balance, muscle strength and toning, and stretching.  No prior experience, special shoes or registration is necessary for adult students.  All you need is a desire to get moving!
The Dancer's Extension will be closed November 25-29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  For more information, please visit our website or follow us on facebook.

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
Saluda artist, Jim Carson, won the Plein Air Magazine Associate Member Award of Distinction in the 16th Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, for his 16x20 painting, titled "After the Rain in Asheville".
The Juror of Awards was American Impressionist Society Master Artist, Carolyn Anderson.
There were 1450 entries to this year's Exhibition and only 180 paintings accepted, and 34 prizes were awarded. The total cash and prize awards for this year's show were over $60,000.
This is Jim's third time being accepted to an AIS National Exhibition, which makes him eligible to become a Signature Member.
Jim's next scheduled Saluda workshop will be "Painting in the Studio/Brushwork Boot Camp", Jan. 21-23, 2016.

For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702,, or visit
Saluda Holiday Gallery
Opening Reception November 14
Start your holiday shopping at the Saluda Historic Depot in November at the first annual Saluda Holiday Gallery.  Gallery will be open November 7 through December 31, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4pm.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 to introduce the more than 15 artists who will display and sell a variety of art from paintings, pottery, jewelry, fairy gardens, and more.

All of these artists will generously donate 30% of the proceeds to the fundraising effort to purchase the depot.

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 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.
Saluda Scoop

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

Small Business Saturday
In its fifth year, American Express started this event to recognize small businesses and to help them bring in more customers. Support your Saluda small businesses by shopping in town on Saturday, November 28.

At Salamander, we still play -- and we have the toys to prove it -- American made and eco-friendly.  Trains, tractors, submarines, tug boats, dump trucks (and even tea sets) made from recycled milk jugs, BPA and PVC free, dishwasher safe.  And for those picky eaters, construction vehicle utensils (you  must see to believe).  For the babies on your gift list, we've found cuddly "towel dolls" and musical ducks and owls, made by a venerable German company.  And you will want to check out the giant stuffed animals handmade in Georgia -- lions and tigers and bears, oh my.
These are just some of the more recent additions to our shop which features wood, fiber, metal, glass and clay -- American handcraft from over 30 states as well as some fine fair trade art.  You can find jewelry, buttery soft leather handbags, scarves, Haitian metal art, rugs, pottery, musical instruments -- and much more.
If that's not enough, we are your local bookstore, where you can find a carefully curated collection of great reads, or order most anything in print.
The Salamander Experience is all about music, color, and fun, served up in a relaxing atmosphere.  Now in its 12th year, Salamander is at 7 West Main Street, Saluda  828-749-3466.
A note from Amy
Winter woolens wrap around
Warmly swaddled in so many skills
Needles I now wield to warm hearts
That redden with the maples
I remember, standing in front of the shop on its long, tin-roofed porch, when my hands were new to the feeling of yarn and needles. Now I'm sure of them, and myself, in the things I make for my husband, my daughters, and for me. November, here again, reminds me of the time I've spent learning from thousands upon thousands of tiny stitches. Here at my refuge in the mountains, I look forward to your arrival.
Register now for classes and events at Western North Carolina's most unique knitting destination!
Kniticality, 55 Robin Lane, Saluda NC 28773 Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm. Website, and the Kniticality Facebook page.

Only 7 weeks till Christmas. The Dressing Room will have great sales from now till after the holidays. Come and take advantage of the sales for all your Christmas presents and treat yourself as well. Two weeks ago, I went to the big spring and summer ladies fashion apparel show in Atlanta for next year's inventory. It was very exciting to see the new look for 2016, and I also brought back some wonderful accessories (great gift ideas)! Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving and a big thanks!

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

US made clothing.

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

Saluda Grade Café is planning its annual Thanksgiving Menu.  Please plan now to make reservations for a fabulous and delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Hours are: 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 for Friday night entertainers. 
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street.  Click here for directions.      

Leaf lookin' almost over and now gearing up for Christmas?  An antique/resale/consign shop is a great place to find unique gifts. We have Lenox vases, brass candleholders, glassware, books, and unusual items from around the world straight from estates as well as decorator items. We have 3 great turkey platters right now. We are so full of wonderful merchandise and the prices are great. Hope to see you and your friends in before the holidays; supporting your small locally owned businesses is always "a good thing." Margie, Sonya, Susan and I are happy to help.

Like us on Facebook and check out the new shop pictures.
Located 160 W Main St, across the bridge on Hwy 176 across from Green River BBQ. 
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
The colors of Fall are still with us, and are a vivid display of the natural beauty of our lovely surroundings.The air is crisp and cool, and there's a fire burning in our warm and welcoming living room. Guests gather around socializing, contemplating or simply enjoying the lovely environment and serenity here. As the days get shorter it's time to start planning for the holiday festivities. We are open and will be serving wonderful and traditional meals for Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas and New Years. Availability is limited, so make your reservations now. We will also be hosting our Dickens Dinners on the following evenings: December 5,10, 12, 18, and 19. They are always an enchanting way to get into the holiday spirit and sure to sell out so call today to reserve your place. Come spend a few nights in our lovely historic B&B where warm hospitality, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, and delicious healthful food will delight and exceed your expectations.
Take advantage of our Fall special on couples massages. Stay 2 nights anytime this Fall and get a $40 voucher toward our fabulous in-house his & her Spa Treatment.

In our fine dining restaurant - Newman's, we're open for Dinner every Thursday - Saturday evenings, Brunch on Sundays and Breakfast everyday. The menu changes weekly and is always posted on our web-site every Monday. Call us at828-749-5471 to reserve a table today, 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. 
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 Store 
Saluda is the place to be in November and the feel of the holidays is all around.  Come by Thompson Store and Ward's Grill for all your favorite foods, gifts, and treats.  We have Van's Chocolates, Local Honey, Butter Cup Cottage jams & jellies, Peppermint candy, and a variety of novelty candy for all.  Thinking about the holidays, come by and select a box of jams, jellies and other items and we will ship to your family or friends.  We now are freezing "Charlie's Sage Sausage" and you can purchase as a gift; please call us ahead if you will need more than 10 pounds.  We want to be able to have plenty made and have it on hand for you and all the many others that come to purchase.  Come by and look around in the store. I am sure you will find something for everyone on your shopping list. 

Thank you for supporting us and remember to shop local.

At the Grill
Ward's grill is always the place to come for a delicious hot breakfast or lunch.  Bring your friends and enjoy good food and great conversations.  We value your business and look forward to seeing you anytime.

Free Veteran's Breakfast is November 19 until 10am. 
Our business was built on family values and you all are family to us.  It is always good to see local and visiting friends, and you have made us happy to be here.  Happy Holidays from Clark, Judy, Pam, and all the staff at the store and grill.

Closed on Sunday till spring.
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm;
Ward's Grill, open Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm, Saturday, 6:30am to 3pm.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.Like us on Facebook

Green River BBQ
Green River BBQ
As we enter the holiday season, we hope you will join us for a quick bite to eat or for a relaxing meal to share with friends and family. We will be closed Thanksgiving Day so our staff can be with their families!
We have some great new menu items that are a sure hit! Thick Smoked Bologna either served on a sandwich or as an appetizer with a trio of mustards. Beer Cheese Dip with a large soft pretzel. New burgers on the menu and fresh sides! Baked sweet potato and fresh baked apples!
We still have our daily specials Monday-Friday and discounted Small Bites and Appetizer Menu items.
For the cooler days we have our homemade Smokehouse Chili and Brunswick Stew.
We have 10 local beers on tap and we rotate the selections weekly. We also have great organic wines to offer.

Our Hours:
Monday's 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 
Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays
Sunday's Noon-8pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day 
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   
It would just be too hard to say good-bye to October with all it's splendor and picture perfect days if we didn't have the promise of friends, family and festivities in November.  So we are welcoming the official beginning of the "Holiday Season" with our winter menu.  Expect warm, hearty comfort food (yes, yes, yes....Pot Pie will be here).  
Would you like to shorten your work week?  Give yourself a mid-week "pick-me-up".  Make Wednesday your official PIZZA NIGHT.   Come join us at Wildflour and take the night off.   No "what can I fix tonight," no grocery stops on the way home, no grumbling at the table about "not-so-favorite' dishes."  Dine in or take out....we look forward to celebrating Hump Day with you.
Our Thanksgiving order sheet is ready. The pie selection is amazing:   Pecan, Apple, Blueberry, Triple Berry, Sweet Potato, Cherry, Cranberry Chess and, of course, Pumpkin.  All made from scratch in a Wildflour crust.
We also have a Caramel glazed Apple Cake and our Praline Cheesecake.  Don't forget to order fresh Wildflour dinner rolls and a loaf of bread to make turkey sandwiches.

Wildflour will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

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Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Local Market
SALE!  Look for specials in every area of the shop during November as we get ready for the holidays.  End-of-Year Sales start the week before Thanksgiving.  Come help us empty the shelves before inventory time!  Great deals!
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 & Sunburst Trout. Try our world famous Pimento Cheese (Recently enjoyed by visitors from Spain and Africa!) and our infamous "Expensive Liver Pate" (NOT expensive at all and great for holiday tables).   Find local butter, cheeses, hot sauces, pickles and more - all locally produced!
Remember the new Wednesday Pizza Night!  Wildflour Bake Shop is now serving pizza on Wednesday night and Friday night.  Enjoy a local craft root beer or cider with pizza.  Over 50 local craft beers available plus wine, cider and bubbly. Meanwhile is open till 9:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday nights.
November 7, 2015:  "50 Shades of Southern" Book Signing with Cappy Hall Rearick
3 PM till 6 PM
Join us at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda for Southern Storytelling.  Local Author Cappy Hall Rearick will be here to sign her newest book "50 Shades of Southern,"  perfect for holiday gift giving and hostess gifts.  
November 14, 2015:  "High Beams on Bumpy Roads" Book Signing with Ken Webb
3 PM till 6 PM
Join Ken Webb talks about his newest book "High Beams on Bumpy Roads".  Illustrated by Saluda's own Dorrie V. McKinley, this is a great book for the holidays.  

November 21, 2015:  Book Signing "Images of America: Saluda"
3 PM till 6 PM
The Historic Saluda Committee, with Mary Ann Hester and Cindy Tuttle recently published the book, "Images of America: Saluda". Join them as they discuss and sign the book and talk about Saluda's history.  
Get ready for December! Meanwhile is a proud sponsor of MansGiving 2015. Six years and still going strong!

November NEW
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Open 11 AM till 9:30 PM Wednesday and Friday during Wildflour Bake Shop's Pizza Nights
Call us (749-9463) and we will stay later or meet you earlier.
Shop local and support locally owned businesses and products!

Meanwhile is located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardener's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard. 
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
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Random Arts & Apparel 
Random Arts continues to welcome new customers each and every day and there's nothing we like more than meeting Saluda's newest residents.  Starting in November and going through the month of December, each new resident that stops by and visits us will receive a 20% off voucher for anything in our shop including clothing (limit one per household).

Just tell us about yourself, where you moved from and where you now live and we'll make your day a little brighter. You'll learn more about us, our history of 22 years in business in Saluda and all that we do to inspire creativity, assist you & your love of great clothes and discover the creative souls of our little art community that calls Random Arts "their happy place."
In November, we will host creative quilt and fabric artist Susan Edmonson as she teaches her Quilting Arts Exclusive "Nature's Treasure Prayer Flags." Because of the overwhelming response, we have 2 workshops scheduled on the 19th and then again on the 20th. Susan will teach you many embroidery stitches, embellishments and simple ways to put these little flags together by adding bits of lace and trims. A few spaces remain in this day long workshop. No sewing machine necessary. The cost is $80.
In October we hosted a group of 9 "Lively Ladies" from Saluda who wanted to do something 
creative on their night out so we opted for the ever popular "paint and sip" party featuring
"Chicks" for Chicks. As fearful as they were to starting painting on that big blank canvas, 
by the end of the evening they had completed their "masterpiece."  Private parties are
scheduled upon request.
When thinking about shopping for the holidays, you may want to think "Coloring Books."
We have a large selection of just about every topic available including: Fashion, Secret Gardens, Enchanted Forests, Flowers, Sea Life, Mindfulness, Mandelas and so much more. Yes, we have colored pencils and markers priced for the budget conscious beginner and the more advanced sets for your artists' friends and family. Our Boutique offers an interesting selection of tunics, skirts, pants, leggings, winter outerwear, scarves, hats and gloves. Returning customers love what we offer and so will you.
Come see us at the corner of Louisiana & Ozone or visit us online to see more of what we do here. It's a special place and we'd like to meet you. Stop in and say "hey." Our staff of Jane, Joyce and Dee welcomes you with open arms and will assist you with a gracious smile, a cup of coffee if you like and a willingness to help you find exactly what you want.

828-749-1165, email:  
Please like us on Facebook or find us online.  Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone Email:

News and New Works from Anne and Bill Jameson
Please visit for the 2016 workshops. They make excellent Christmas gifts for the painter in your life!

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BHCathy Jackson Realty Merges with Beverly-Hanks, Associates
Cathy Jackson Realty and Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Realtors® are joining hands to better serve the mountain communities surrounding Saluda, NC. The two firms will merge and remain at the 153 East Main Street, Saluda address that is currently home to Cathy Jackson Realty.  During the past nine years that Cathy Jackson Realty has been helping sellers successfully market and sell their homes, the Western North Carolina markets have become increasingly dependent upon the ability to reach beyond our mountain communities.  
By merging with Beverly-Hanks, Cathy Jackson Realty's associates will provide national exposure through Beverly-Hanks' membership in Leading Real Estate Companies of The World, the largest network of independent real estate firms in the United States. Cathy Jackson, the firm's owner, stated, "my agents and I are thrilled to join Neal Hanks and his team. Their innovative website,, offers sellers greater exposure, buyers better options, and the opportunity to tell the world through video and photos why Saluda and the surrounding Polk and Henderson County communities are some of the most amazing places to live. There's no doubt that our new association will provide greater quality and service to our clients."
"We are proud to have Cathy's team affiliated with our organization," says Neal Hanks, President of Beverly-Hanks & Associates. "They are well-respected professionals with deep expertise in our mountain communities."
The merger is scheduled to take place officially on November 1, 2015.  Cathy Jackson Realty associates will be transferring their clients' properties to and switching yard signs to the black and white, Beverly-Hanks & Associates yard signs in early November.

The company is located at 153 E Main Street, Saluda, NC, 828-749-3504.

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20th Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race
green race The 20th Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, November 7 at high noon. Over 100 racers, passing through the most majestic section of the river, and from all over the World, will compete for the first place trophy. The spectators that make the trek down Pulliam Creek Trail (off of Big Hungry Rd) will witness someone kayaking The Gorilla every minute for almost 2.5 hours. It is said this is the "greatest show in all of sports." The energy is electric and the fun factor is always high.
Check out or American Whitewater for spectator directions and more information about the happening of the day. 
This year the awards party will be held in downtown Saulda in McCreery Park. Come out and join us for live music, Oksar Blues beer, and the awards. There will also be a highlight reel of the day's race. The festivities will be happening between 6pm-11pm, Saturday November 7, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. $10 @ the door (includes 1 raffle ticket for Pisgah Area SORBA),
New Blue Ridge Heritage Trail Signs to be Installed in Polk County
Saluda Pace Park
On October 7, four of the 69 interpretive signs on the new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail will be installed in Polk County: City of Saluda in Pace Park, Pearson's Falls, I-26 E NC Welcome Center, and Mill Spring Agriculture Development Center.
The Trail is a collection of special places throughout the North Carolina mountains and foothills that embody the remarkable history and culture of the region. Words and photographs tell an illuminating story about each site and illustrate many aspects of the region's natural and cultural heritage including that of the Cherokee, traditional music, agriculture, and craft.
Signs will be located along main walkways at historic, natural and scenic sites, attractions, towns and cities, in some state parks, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and at five NC Welcome Centers within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
The Trail is not a "Point A to Point B" trail, but rather many stops throughout the region. People can enjoy a single stop or piece together several sites by theme or region. QR codes on each sign will enable people with smart phones to locate other nearby sites.
The goal is to encourage people, both visitors and residents, to discover places they may not know about. For example, most travelers know about Cherokee but may not know how extensive the Cherokee nation's land once was. They can learn more on the signs being installed in the far western part of the region, in places like Robbinsville, Andrews, and Hayesville.
In addition to the signs, the Trail will be enhanced with the installation of five interactive kiosks in NC Welcome Centers at entry points to the BRNHA. The kiosks will help visitors to WNC or people passing through the state discover someplace interesting to explore along the way, encouraging a nearby stop or adding a scenic route.
An accompanying map brochure and website will also help visitors get around the region and learn more about each site.
The project is an initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and was made possible by Federal Highway Transportation Enhancement funding administered through the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Haywood County, NC.
"We are very grateful to the NCDOT and Haywood County for helping us develop this signage program," said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. "We believe the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail will be yet another cultural tourism product created by the BRNHA to encourage the traveling public to learn more about our region. By visiting these and other heritage sites, we hope they will extend their stay or plan to return, and thus stimulate the regional economy."
Installation of all signs and the kiosks is expected to be complete by early November.
Polk County Toy Run
toy run When: November 29, 2014
Location : Saluda Fire Department, 64 Greenville St.,  Saluda, NC
Event Times : Registration 11:00 AM ~ 2:00 PM
Parade : Starts at 2:00 PM Sharp.  Police Escort for the entire way.
Registration Fee : $10.00 per person or a $10.00 or more NEW toy.
This event will feature barbeque, music, door prizes and more!
This is held the last Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Saludians are invited to turn out on Main Street before 2pm and cheer the riders on. All motorcycle riders are invited to participate in this ride. Motorcycle riders come in from both North and South Carolina to make sure that children in need get a toy for Christmas.   
The route the riders follow starts in Saluda, NC, at the Saluda Fire  Department parking area with room for up to 1000 + bikes.  They move out in parade fashion and travel down highway US-176 to pass through Tryon, NC, while in route to Landrum, SC.  Arriving in Landrum, SC, the riders turn left and go through the town of Landrum, SC crossing over Interstate 26 in route to Green Creek, NC. Once they arrive there, they then turn North on NC-9 to Mill Spring, NC.  Then riders turn West on NC-108 to Columbus, NC, and terminate at the front steps of the Court House.  There will be ample parking in front of the Court House for the motorcycles to park in normal diagonal fashion. The toys are placed on the steps and wall for all to see and admire.  The column of bikers each year is about 10 miles long.  They travel at about 40 mph on the entire route in staggered 2 by 2 fashion.
The Polk County Sheriff's office would like to thank all of the motorcycle riders that participate in this event and hope that it will only grow larger each year.  For more information contact Barry Gee 828-817-3084 or email

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Saluda Hometown Christmas
Plan now to attend the annual Saluda Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 11, 2015, from 6 to 8pm.  Enjoy holiday refreshments offered by Saluda businesses and a variety of music from area artists at many venues.

Event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Please visit, the official town guide, to learn more about the SBA.

Ecumenical Service at 8:15pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St. 
(Special Note to those with musical talents.  If you would like to perform during Hometown Christmas, please contact a merchant on Main Street to schedule a performance.)
The Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop
workshop Saturday, December 12, 2015
Saluda Fire Department
Free For Kids Five And Up

The Workshop Helpers want to invite Saluda's children five and up to the workshop again this year so we can teach, inspire, and encourage them through creativity. The Workshop offers personal instruction of art projects related to Christmas in the form of ornaments and gifts. The kids get to practice their artistic ability, imagination, patience, cooperation, and gratitude through art. We create projects using lots of different mediums, such as recycled products, beading, felting, food gifts, nature inspired gifts, origami, and much more. They will take home projects that will be cherished for years to come.
They aren't the only ones who benefit though...we, the adults, love to share with the kids who come. It's a wonderful experience for everyone. If you'd like to be a helper, just call Laura Fields at 828-749-4521.  I encourage creative and kid-loving people (notice I didn't say women) to join us. I wouldn't be able to pull this project off without my volunteers, and for them, I am very grateful. Please join us if you'd like to  be a part of something very special.
Parents, please don't bring children under five as the projects are challenging. No food or drink allowed. No unattended children and parents are allowed on art floor. We provide a special place just for you where you can do a project of your own or watch the kids without being right beside them. See You There!
Sponsored by Mountain Life Realty.
Leaving for the Winter?
It's that time of year when you start thinking about winterizing your home so you don't have to worry about freezing pipes bursting or other damage to your house while you are gone.  Here are a few key suggestions that you may want to make sure to do if your home is going to be empty for any amount of time.   
Freeze Protection Safeguards    
1.  Locate your water main and shut it off.   
2.  Cut off electric service to hot water heater and drain tank.   
3.  Drain all pipes via interior faucets and exterior hose bibs, cover with freeze protectors.   
4.  Drain all garden hoses and store away for the winter.   
5.  Flush all toilets and add anti freeze to remaining water in tank and bowl.   
6.  Insure gutters are clean to allow for proper drainage during rain and snow.   
7.  Insure all condensate and drain lines from HVAC units are drained.   
8.  Insulate any exposed pipes that cannot be drained of water.
General Off-Season Protection  
1.  Shut off propane or natural gas at supply.  
2.  Turn off HVAC units at the electrical source unless a minimum temperature is to be maintained.  
3.  Prune tree limbs away from house to lessen possibility of storm damage.   
4.  Clean out your refrigerator, unplug and prop door open.   
5.  Unplug all other appliances, including TV's.   
6.  Store lawn furniture, grills, tools, etc. 
7. Empty fuel from all gas powered equipment or add fuel additive.
8.  Turn off home's electrical power at the main breaker unless specific breakers need to remain on for fire protection, security lighting and alarm systems.
9.  Check exterior doors and windows for cracks and crevices and repair as needed   
10. Inspect roof and flashings for potential leaks. 
11. Close fireplace flues and dampers.
12. Test smoke detector batteries and replace as needed.
13. Shut off water to the house.  
14. Do not leave valuables that may attract thieves in home.
15. Arrange for indoor plants to be watered if necessary.
16. Find someone who will drop by your home occasionally to make sure it is secure and that there are no problems.  Be sure they know how to contact you.   

Need help? Then give us a call. Rates & References available by request. Visit our Meanwhile, Back in Saluda Store Front next door to Wildflour Bakery for more information or contact us at the email or phone number below.  
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Saluda Faces

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email    
Saluda Faces will return in December.
Historic Saluda

We Seek YOUR Ideas!
The Historic Saluda Committee and the Saluda Historic Depot Board of Directors request your presence at a public forum to be held on Thursday, November 19 from 5:3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Saluda Historic Depot. Before we move forward with plans for the use of the Saluda Historic Depot, we want to hear your opinions and ideas. Saluda residents, this is your depot! What would you like to see it used for? We have all kinds of ideas, but we want to hear yours. As a matter of fact, we have so many ideas, we need help to narrow them all down. For example, both groups have agreed that the depot provides a great space for a train and heritage museum. What kind of things would you like to see on display in a museum? Would you like to see more community events held there like Saluda Train Tales and art exhibits? Please come and share your views! Questions? Email or
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Are you interested in Saluda's history and want to serve?
If the answer is yes, there are two ways you can do this. First, the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) is made up of a seven member panel appointed by the Saluda Board of Commissioners (BOC). The HSC serves as an advisory committee to the BOC pertaining to historical and preservation issues. Current appointees and voting members are Ammie Weymer, Corinne Gerwe, Charlene Pace, Mary Ann Hester, Rhonda Corley (Secretary) and Cindy Tuttle (Chair). There is one vacancy at this time on this panel. If you are interested in serving on the Historic Saluda Committee seven member panel, please complete the Application for City Appointments. Applications can be obtained at Saluda City Hall or by clicking here. Eligibility requirements according to the HSC Rules of Procedure (Bylaws) state: All members shall own property in the Saluda community but do not have to live here fulltime to be appointed as a committee member. It would be preferable for members to have an interest in Saluda's history, historic preservation and in furthering the cause to preserve Saluda's unique character. The Saluda Board of Commissioners makes the final decision as to who may serve.

Second, the HSC Chairman may appoint up to five at-large members (non-voting). Betty Anna Brown, Betsy Burdette and Richard Mason are the current at-large members (non-voting). The HSC Chair is currently accepting nominations for two at-large members. If you are interested in being appointed to serve as an at-large member by the chair, please email Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at Please note: if you are selected to serve in any position, you must be willing and available to work on HSC projects and attend meetings. Meetings are traditionally the second Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m.
Lynn Cass is the official BOC representative and Carolyn Ashburn, member of the BOC, also attends the meetings. This committee has been active since July of 2010. We thank the city for having the vision and desire to support the historical interests of our special little town.
Documents Donated From the 1830s to 1970s!
Recently, Betsy Burdett with the Saluda Community Land Trust donated some very old documents found in the old home place of David Pace, once located on the Camp Creek Road. Before the property was razed, the property owners allowed Betsy to remove historical artifacts. The documents donated ranged from the 1830 to 1970's! This is why we love what we do! The HSC will be showcasing a number of these scanned documents on our Facebook page. If you are a history buff you must take a look!
Book Signings, Meet the Authors, Images of America: Saluda
  • November 7, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Saluda City Hall Open House: Members of the HSC will be there selling Images of America: Saluda. Get your copy signed and meet the authors!
  • November 21, Saturday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Meet the Authors, book signing and wine tasting at Meanwhile Back in Saluda.
Images of America: Saluda was released in June 2015. Co-authored by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Mary Ann Hester with the Historic Saluda Committee, this book is included in the Images of America book series, through Arcadia Publishing Company and features 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. Books are available at Saluda City Hall, the Saluda Historic Depot and various retailers around town. It's also available on
Film Premiere, SAVE THE DATE!
Good things come to those who wait! Finally, the HSC has a firm date to release the second oral history DVD, Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions. Mark your calendars now for 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, to be held at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. The HSC has been tirelessly working with Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) to film and produce this oral history film documentary. Film shoots were conducted 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 us today. This film will not only appeal to Saluda residents but will be of interest to anyone who has an appreciation for the musical heritage of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains and foothills. Funding is being provided by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation through the Saluda Community Fund and by funds raised through proceeds from past projects of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC). To stay up-to-date on all the details with this film, visit the HSC Facebook page.
Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee now has a Facebook page. Like our page and enjoy tidbits of Saluda history every day. We'll take you all the way back to the days of Pace's Gap on up to the present. Click here to go to our page.  

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.
Please note: the November Historic Saluda Committee meeting date has been changed to the third Friday of the month, Friday, November 20, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. 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

I Remember Saluda, a Story Telling
by Charles O Hearon, III

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

Mrs. Rix of RixHaven
Mrs. Rlx lived at RlxHaven on Tryon Mountain. Her house and out-buildings sat in a reasonably level spot on the long ridge that runs southward from Tryon Peak to Howard Gap. The house was a rambling white frame house with more windows than most. From her yard you could look east across the ocean view and all of South Carolina, and look south across Howard Gap and Round Mountain and Warrior Mountain and Pacolet Valley, and you could see the ranges of Melrose and Mine Mountain, and past that to Hog Back Range and Glassy Mountain Range; and on a clear day I guess you could see clear to Georgia. Look west you'd see what I call the kingdom. The land of Saluda and its neighbors: CoveMountain, Sugar Loaf, and the Pisgah Range and everything in between. Look North and you'd look right down into Holbert's Cove.
Mrs. Rix was not a native woman; she had come from "off." Might have been Florida, or someplace. She had a female companion that lived with her, and together with local help they farmed a little and kept some cows and sheep. She drove a big spanking pair of blackgeldings with white markings to a two-seated surrey with a top, and big carriage lamps on both sides. I've been there when she and her companion were there, and I would have been traveling in the company of our Daddy and family and friends.

Mrs. Rix had a windmill and we always got a drink of her good water when we passed. We were probably on our way to Skyuka or Tryon Peak just to look around and see our world. Mrs. Rix's companion died up at RixHaven and it was a mystery.

They had some milk cows grazing in the woods and the mountain folks said she died of the "milk sick." This was something caused by drinking milk from a cow that had been grazing on the north side of the mountain. Something growing there tainted the milk and if you drank it, you got the "milk sick."
More about Mrs. Rix
When I was a small boy, I met Mrs. Rix and her companion on the Holbert's Cove Road between Friendship Church and Ed Thompson's house. I was walking towards Saluda and they were headed towards Holbert's Cove.
Well, that's a nice piece of road in good weather and she was letting that pair of geldings take the bit a little, so I got out of the road and watched them go by. It was such a sight I still remember it and I'll try to tell you how it looked to me. Those big black geldings are what I saw first, and then of course the surrey and the top and the wheels turning, and the two women in the front seat, and the big shiny carriage lamps on each side. My eyes followed the reins up to the hands that held them, and these hands were clothed in black leather gauntlet-like gloves with white tassels on the sleeve part. Both hands were held out in front of her and lifted up a little bit like she was trying to raise those horses a little off the ground.
There was a low damp spot in the road just ahead of me and it turned out to be just a little wetter than Mrs. Rix thought. Well that whole rig looked to me like it was going at about a two twenty clip and when those two big blacks hit that muddy spot you know the mud was bound to fly, and when it did those geldings just tossed their heads and snorted and blew a little and moved right on. I was scared to death, but Mrs. Rix, she just slapped them with the lines and "clucked" them on and they were gone
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