Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
December 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
Leaf Pick Up
Christmas Express for Saluda Kids
Brown Bag
Thermal Belt Outreach
Decorating Saluda Library
Saluda Historic Depot
Dr Jones Film Premiere
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Annual Fundraiser & Gala
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Mindful Flow
Saluda Community Land Trust
New Social Club
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library - Hometown Christmas
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Condolences
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Holiday Gallery
Saluda Hometown Christmas
Children's Christmas Workshop
Saluda Scoop
Pearson's Falls Photo Book
Bradley Farms
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
Call for Artists
I Remember Saluda
Condolences
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Post Office Hours
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
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Saluda Property & Real Estate

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

   Cathy Jackson Realty has merged with Beverly-Hanks & Associates. Stop by for refreshments during Saluda Hometown Christmas.

Click on the pictures to link to  Western NC MLS Listing (links may expire, visit beverly-hanks.com to view featured listings.)
 
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!
Log home with long range view on top of White Oak Mountain. Enjoy spectacular views from full length porch. Pine wood floors reflect the glow of wood-burning fireplace in living room and warm up family room in walk out finished basement. Sit in hot tub on stone patio or under shade of gazebo overlooking breath-taking views. Being sold fully furnished. 3BR, 3.5BA, 2126 SF, MLS#3124979 $259,000 Click here for Virtual Tour. 
 
Mountain cabin getaway! Just minutes from downtown Saluda and in a world of natural beauty. Cabin features 12 foot cathedral ceiling, pinewood tongue & grove walls and ceiling, slate bathroom floor, large screened in porch with winter mountain views. Great investment or home. 2BR, 1BA, .70 ac, MLS#3129329, $118,000
 
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 UNDER CONTRACT!

 
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
UNDER CONTRACT! 


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

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land
 
Mountain Vista
Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $95,000, MLS#521147
 View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $59,000 MLS#533763  
Lot 29, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#569729    
 
Lake Lots
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $70,000, MLS#510462
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 
5 ac, View, MLS#3123117$59,500
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  
 
More...  
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 November 30, 2015). 

 

Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      49         12          

Homes 2014      39         0       

 

Land 2015          12        0                            

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 Beverly-Hanks Saluda to see all Saluda 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

Annual Calendar of Events

DECEMBER

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

  

Dates to Remember

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

 

Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 at Thompson's Boarding House Venue for annual social.  

 

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

 

Saluda Historic Depot Holiday Gallery Open Thursday-Saturday, noon to 4pm. 

   

The Historic Saluda Committee will meet December 11 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  

 

Women's Club will meet Tuesday, December 8 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

 

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, December 28 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.
 

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

 

Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 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.

Leaf Pick Up
leaves.jpg The City of Saluda will pick up leaves November 30 to December 11 on city streets. Place leaves on street shoulders. Be ready, truck will pass by once.
 
Jonathan Cannon
Public Works Director
   
Christmas Express for Saluda Kids
City of Saluda
"In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts we find its meaning."
--Author: Leland Thomas

City of Saluda
Christmas Express
The City of Saluda Police Department and City Hall will be accepting unwrapped toys and donations to provide Saluda's Children with a Very Merry Christmas!
 
If you would like to "Adopt" a child, or two, you can pick up a green envelope at City Hall.

Please have all donations in by December 18, 2015 so that we may shop, wrap and get them to the families.
Further questions may be directed to Jessica Desiano at 828-749-2581.

This is an anonymous program.
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
 
Brown Bags Available December 18, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
 
The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.
 
Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.

Thermal Belt Outreach
Heartwood Holiday Fundraiser for Thermal Belt
 
Each year Heartwood purchases a handmade ornament to sell for your decorating and gift giving needs and donates the entire purchase price to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. For over 20 Years Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry has provided financial and food assistance to thousands of Polk County residents in need.

Our 2015 fundraiser ornament 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. They will slip easily into holiday cards to mail to friends and family, stockings that need to be stuffed, and they make great thank-you gifts.

It really is the gift that keeps on giving because the entire retail price of $14 goes directly to Thermal Belt Outreach. Help us share the spirit of the season. 

heartwood
Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365 
Visit our website. 

Saluda Library Decorating for Hometown Christmas
hometown christmas All extra hands please come help decorate the library on Wednesday morning, 10am, December 9. Our theme of Hark the Herald Angels Sing will be beautifully represented with many donated and handmade angels. Thank you for all who have helped so far.
 
Marti and Dan Wells are donating a live tree that needs to be strung with lights and ornaments. Elizabeth Taylor definitely will need help there. The rest of the library will be decorated with the standing angels. We can always use more, if you wish to lend us any. An additional tree, donated by Melody Gibson, will be in the upstairs sitting room window that can be seen crossing the bridge. This tree also needs to be decorated.  We also need holly and magnolia branches to dress the book shelves and windows. Please come and help and be a part of the Holiday Decorating Committee for our Saluda Library.

Anita Moore
anitaomoore@gmail.com, 828-749-3335.

Saluda Historic Depot News

Happy holidays to you and your family from the board members of the Saluda Historic Depot.
 
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the best of 2016.
 
During 2015, we began a journey to purchase the historic depot to preserve it for the future of Saluda. Because of your wonderful support and donations, we are well on our way. We want to thank everyone for supporting and believing in the dream to make this piece of history a museum for all to come and visit.
 
It is still time to make your donation for 2015, we are a 501(c)3 and you will be donating to support your community of Saluda.
 
Thanks to the many volunteers that gave of their time to keep the depot open during the year. Without you this would not have been possible. Cheers to everyone and we will be seeing you in 2016!

Judy Ward, Cathy Jackson, Bruce Hunt, Corrine Gerwe, Carolyn Ashburn, Mary Meyland-Mason, Mark Ray, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
New Depot Sign
Thanks to Doc Welty, (The Pottery) for the perfect design of the depot's new sign. After extensive research, it was determined that the depot was built in 1903.
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. This forum will be scheduled in January 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 December 31.

A special thanks to Saluda summer resident Toni Garcia for donating an orginal 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. 
 
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.
 
Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal on the HistoricSaluda.org website. Click here. 
 
Thanks, Judy Ward, Chairperson 
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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 judyward@charter.net.

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 savesaludadepot@gmail.com.  All donations are tax deductible and pledges will be invoiced within six months.
 
More information, details, and photos can be found at historicsaluda.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. 

Film Premiere of the Life of Dr. George Jones
The Saluda Historic Depot along with the Historic Saluda Committee is proud to host the film premiere of one of Saluda's very own, Dr. George Alexander Jones. "Scanning History", produced by One Life, One Legacy™ Film Studios out of Flat Rock, NC., is a film about an intimate story of life in the early days of the Joneses in Saluda and Hendersonville, as well as the people in and about Western North Carolina, Kentucky, and Beaufort, SC.
 
Included in the program will be an introduction of the making of the film with Dr. Jones and Patricia Bradley, the film's producer. As a special treat, we've included a short outtake clip from the film-Talkin' History in Saluda, where we find George and Leon Morgan swapping stories on a rainy day while hanging out at Saluda's M.A.Pace Co. General Store.
 
So come on up the Top of the Grade in support of the Saluda Historic Depot and enjoy the screening of this film while visiting with friends.
 
To learn more about One Life One Legacy™ Film Studios, go to: onelifeonelegacy.net.
 
Sunday Jan.10, 2016
Film Length: 40 minutes
Event time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm  
Saluda Historic Depot
32 W Main St.
Saluda, North Carolina 28773

Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
  • Saluda Depot Holiday Gallery, artist booths offering unique locally crafted holiday gifts for every interest and age. Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4 PM.
  • December 11 Hometown Christmas, 6pm to 8pm with refreshments and Darryl Olivier will entertain on his saxophone.
  • January 10 - Premier of the Life of Dr. George Jones.
CityCity Notes

 
 Help Pave Pace Park

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

This Christmas, give a gift to a family member or friend that will last a lifetime by investing in a Pace Park Paver in their name or memory.  

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 is in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and is 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. 
 
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or carnc@charter.net.  

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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 December 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 annual Saluda Center Gala is
Sun. Dec. 13 from 6-8 pm.
 
**A Thrifty Barn has a new number 828-393-7891. Please call to volunteer. Open Wed.-Sat., 10am-4pm.
 
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Dec.3, at 2 pm to discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and everyone is invited!

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
 
Casual Singles of Saluda will have their Holiday Party on Dec. 17 at 5pm; please plan to attend.
 
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Dec. 28 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 ends 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 saludacenter@hotmail.com to be added to our email list.   
 
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 

The Saluda Senior Center Annual Fundraiser and Gala
Dear Friends of the Saluda Senior Center,
 
As the holiday season approaches, I feel it is time to give thanks for our many blessings and look forward with our plans for the upcoming New Year. With that in mind, throughout the past 12 years, our mission at the Center has been to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Saluda by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, education, personal fulfillment, socializing, and community involvement. We are a nonprofit organization that receives no tax dollars to operate our facility, so it is only through the profits of the Thrifty Barn and Basement and donations from generous folks like you that the Center is able to continue with our mission.
 
The current Board of Directors has had big shoes to fill -previous Board members and countless volunteers have made the Center a reality and a vital part of Saluda. Not only is our job to keep the Center going, but to expand and improve our programs, activities and facilities to better serve the needs of Saluda.
 
Even though we are proud of our past accomplishments, we face continuing financial issues, which must be addressed:  
  • New chairs and/or better seating
  • Upgrading and maintaining computers for public use
  • Funding for ongoing activities
  • General day-to-day operating expenses of the Center, Thrifty Barn and Basement. Currently, we need to raise $1,300 monthly ($16,000 annually) just to keep the doors open. (Insurance, electricity, water, propane gas, phone/internet)
 
So How Can You Help Us?
  • Get involved! VOLUNTEER!
  • A gift of your time and talents is priceless.
  • Donate your gently used clothing and household items
  • Tell us if you or a neighbor would like to participate in the Meals on Wheels program. We do eat-in or delivered meals.
  • Donate to us in lieu of the IRS! No amount is too large or too small.
  • Rent the Center facilities for your next party, reception, reunion, etc.
Come celebrate the holiday season with us at our Christmas Gala on December 13! ($40 a person, reservations required -held at the Center. Please call 828-749-9245.).  
 
Donations from private individuals are important and vital to the Center. Each year we reach out to the community for assistance in continuing our operations. All of the donations we receive are dedicated solely to the day-to-day operation of the Center, unless otherwise specified by the donor. The money needed to support activities, improvements and day-to-day expenses come from the Thrifty Barn and Basement sales, grants and gifts from private individuals. We receive no funding from the United Way drive or taxpayer dollars.
 
The community of Saluda includes the city and the 2500 individuals in the surrounding area. Through your past support, a dynamic and vibrant Saluda Senior Center has evolved. With your continued support, we can only grow and better serve the community's needs.
 
Thank you for your generosity and support,
 
Karen Bultman, Chairman
Mary Lu Price, Dan Wells, Wilda Corley, Margaret Miller, Cindy Keeter, Neill Bultman

64 Greenville Street, Saluda, North Carolina 28773

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: rimomdancestonight@gmail.com 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.

Aikido Classes
Aikido (the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength but flowing circular movements that enable the defender to off-balance and neutralize an attack with minimal effort or bodily harm to the defender or the attacker.
 
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm downstairs in the Saluda Center.
 
Contact Ken Gardner (864)275-4441, Danny Beck (843)697-0047 or Cassandra (828)749-3794 for any questions you may have.
 
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.

Aikido Classes at Saluda Center
The Saluda Center is now offering Aikido Classes with Sensei Ken Gardner.  Sensei Gardner represents Roy  
 
Aikido techniques are circular in nature and are not designed to stop attacks or to conflict with them. Instead, aggressive motions are converted into circular movements that render attackers helpless. Aikido techniques allow the attacker's movements to continue and complete themselves naturally so that the attack is diverted and redirected harmlessly. The Aikidoist is trained not to cripple, but to apply various wrist and joint locks, pins, and unbalancing throws.
 
The following is a welcome letter from Sensei Suenaka:
 
I would like to personally welcome you to Wadokai Aikido. The study of Aikido is an exciting one, and can become a lifelong journey, not only in perfecting physical technique but in applying the principles of Aikido in your daily lives. I wish you well in your studies and welcome you wholeheartedly into our Aikido 'Ohana', or family.
 
I share a common goal with my teachers, who were great masters. Although given titles of masters, grandmaster, or great masters, these truly great men all considered themselves to be merely students of the Universe, of the Way, or of the Divine Spirit. Their quest was to become a great 'student'. Searching for further understanding to become masters only of their own egos, and becoming one with the Universe was foremost in their learning - thus, they truly became great masters in the eyes of others.
 
Studying under these great teachers has provided me with inspiration, much-needed wisdom, humility, insight, and guidance towards attaining these goals. Developing and achieving excellence in our character, and always remembering that the essence of our individual ideal and philosophies, combined with the teachings of O'Sensei, is the key to our study, will eventually lead us to the Path of achieving 'satori', or enlightenment. It is my sincere hope that you, as I will find this quest rewarding.
 
With Love and Oneness,
Roy Suenaka
 
Classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Young adults and Adults are welcome. No previous experience needed. Come dressed in comfortable gym clothes. Dues are $40.00 a month. Please contact Ken Gardner by email kgardner@blueridge.edu or 864-275-4441.

Mindful Flow at Isothermal Community College
A Fall/Winter session of 'Mindful Flow' will be offered at Isothermal Community College in Columbus on Mondays and Fridays at 10 am. Each session is 6 weeks. The cost is $30/session. A good deal, $5/class! The class is one hour long but we tend to go over a bit. Below is a class description, session #'s and how to register. For more info call or email Jo Rytter, a Certified Kripalu Movement Instructor at 828-440-1160, jorytter2@gmail.com.

'Mindful Flow' is a class that focuses on the breath while stretching the body. The class uses modified yogic flows which center and relax the body, increasing flexibility. Beautiful, meditative music flows throughout the class helping the mind as well as the body to relax. All ages and body types are Welcome! A yoga mat is required and a blanket is suggested.
Monday: Nov 23-Jan 4, session #42343, closed Dec 28  Friday: Nov 20-Jan 15,session #42342, closed Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1  Registration: Call ICC at 828-894-3092. 

Saluda Community Land Trust
sclt
Join us for the quarterly SCLT litter pick up along US Highway 176 coming and going out of Saluda.

We will meet at the Saluda Library on Monday, December 14 at 10:00am to get bags, gloves, safety vests and pick-up-grabbers. Call Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 for details. Inclement weather date is the following Monday, December 21 at 10:00am at the library.
 
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 info@saludaclt.org. Be sure to check out our updated website saludaclt.org. 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 former group the Single Women of Saluda has broadened our group to include men. Yes, it's true, single men are invited, and we are now the Social Singles of Saluda. Please join us at our very casual monthly potluck get-together every 3rd Thursday evening, 5pm at the Saluda Center.   There are no dues, only a $1 donation for our use of the center. No need to RSVP. Just join us with a dish we can all enjoy.

Thursday, December 17th at 5pm at the Saluda Center will be our Holiday Potluck Dinner and Christmas Gift exchange. Bring a wrapped "white elephant" or purchased gift of $10 or less for the fun game of exchanging.

Please email anitaomoore@gmail.com or telephone 828-749-3335, if you have any questions.
 
Anita Moore

Saluda Garden Club
spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will not meet in December or January. Meetings and events will resume in February 2016. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

The public is always welcome to attend any of our events.   If you are interested in joining or would like to attend meetings and/or special events, please contact Karen McGee at 749-2530.
 
Some events may be cancelled or rescheduled. We try to give advance notice but inclement weather or scheduling difficulties may occur. You may confirm meetings and events with Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.

Saluda 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 
 
Information Update for Saluda Elementary
December 2015 and January 2016
As you are preparing holiday meals, please keep an eye out for the hot pink Box Tops that are on many food products and send them to our school. Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top that is collected and submitted.  This money is used to purchase books for the Books Are Really Fun program, where every student in the school gets to choose and keep 3-5 free books each year!  
 
Nov. 30  Assembly:  Holidays Around the World
Nov. 30  Report Cards
Dec. 1    5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition
Dec. 15  6:30pm  PreK-2 Holidays Around the World Program
Dec. 15  Interim Reports
Dec. 17  Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 18  Books Are Really Fun Distribution #2
Dec. 18  Box Tops Collection Day
Dec. 19-Jan. 3    NO SCHOOL
Jan. 4    Students return to school
Jan. 5-Jan. 27    Class Reading 3D MOY Benchmark Assessments
Jan. 12  5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition
Jan. 15  End of the 3rd Six Weeks of School
Jan. 18  NO SCHOOL--Optional Teacher Workday
Jan. 19  NO SCHOOL--Required Teacher Workday
Jan. 20  Report Cards
 
As colder weather approaches, we would like to ask for your help to reduce vehicle idling on and around our school campus.  We are asking all parents, guardians, faculty and staff not to allow vehicle engines to idle unnecessarily.
 
Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants suspected and known to cause serious health effect, such as cancer.  Air quality monitoring at other schools around the country has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other toxins during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children.
 
These three simple changes will help improve the air our children breathe on campus, as well as the air quality in our Saluda community:
 
-Turn off your car/truck engine when you arrive and any time you expect to be parked for more than 1-2 minutes on or near the school campus.
-Please do not arrive in the car pick up lines before 3:00pm each day.   
-When waiting for students in the dismissal lines each day, please turn off your car/truck engine until the line begins moving.

T
hank you for your support!  Turn you key and be idle free!

Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     
 
Principal, Ronette Dill   
 
Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773 
  
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

Visit the Saluda Library during Hometown Christmas.  Cookies and cider, Overmountain String Band will entertain, and Twister Theater will twist balloon creations for the kids!

Teen Scene
Themed crafts and games!
 
Thursdays at 4pm, Grades 6-12
 
December 3: Nintendo Wii U
December 10: Candy Cane Art Contest
December 17: Nintendo Wii U
Closed December 24
December 31: Minecraft Party

EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY ARE ALWAYS FREE!
 
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Hours:
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! 
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Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
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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
828-749-3231
Email:  fbcsaluda@tds.net
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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 roberto305@mac.com.

Saluda Classifieds 


Lost Keys
Missing car keys with 3 other keys, one that is white with heart on it. If found, please call 828-749-3534.

Bookkeeping Services

Timely and accurate bookkeeping services for your unique business needs. Call Debbie Hahn for more information 828-749-3388 .

Private Guitar, Voice And Violin Lessons
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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 herbst_rob@yahoo.com.

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 p_roskens@yahoo.com.
 
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 chickenhousestudios.org.
 
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 stephen.masterdesignstudio@yahoo.com 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:  stephen.masterdesignmusic@yahoo.com
to make an appointment.

Saluda Traditional Season
Rising up over the top of the mountain, puffy pink clouds drift in the morning dawn as a golden winter sun breaks through. Winter sunrises are a site to behold in the mountains. The thin layer of frost covering the ground glistens from the rising sun, mostly clear now of falling leaves either by nature's November winds or Saludians raking or blowing them away with their power blowers.
 
Quietness prevails this time of the year. Most of the preparations to close summer homes and make a few home repairs for the winter are complete, and the leaf blowing is mostly still now. It's so quiet in the woods, you can hear a distant woodpecker hammering on a dead tree, the rustle of a squirrel jumping from tree to tree, a turkey gobbling or the snap of a branch from a wandering deer.
 
Downtown Saluda is bustling as the town prepares holiday lighting and decorating for Saluda's Hometown Christmas. Guests and visitors are enjoying a stroll down Main Street, shopping for those "younique" gifts, sitting on a bench delighting in a hot chocolate or cup of coffee or grabbing a sandwich and warm bowl of soup in one of Saluda's restaurants. The aroma of holiday goodies baking at Wildflour Bakery for Christmas orders makes your mouth water.  Orders are being placed for Charlie's Sage Sausage at Thompson's Store, and inns, cottages, and cabins are filling with the overflow of guests and family who want to spend the holidays in Saluda.
 
Christmas in Saluda is a tradition that hasn't changed for many folks, and yet it marks a time of change as the town and its citizens prepare and take comfort in the thought of the tranquil winter months ahead. 

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion
It's a busy season but mark your calendars now so you don't miss our fabulous lineup of live music for December. Fred Whiskin will be tickling the ivories every Friday night beginning at 7 pm. On Friday, December 11, Robert Seiler will also be taking a turn at the old Steinway so that we can enjoy continuous music throughout the Hometown Christmas celebration. Please see below for our December music calendar.
 
Happy Holidays
The Purple Onion will be closed December 23 - 25.
As we mark our 17th year in business and the smiles of friends and family in for the holidays brighten our days, all of us here at The Purple Onion wish to express our humble gratitude to all of you, our loyal customers, friends, musicians and farmers. Your gifts of love, laughter and talent are cherished blessings in our lives and the heart of a truly special community of friends. Have a very merry Christmas and a great New Year's celebration wherever you are and may each of you be blessed with health, happiness and peace in the coming year.
 
Open December 26 - December 29, including a special Sunday brunch.
Open December 31 for dinner only
 
New Year's Eve 2015 at the Purple Onion
5:00 Seating
Special New Year's Eve Menu
Fred Whiskin on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck 5:00 - 7:00
 
8:00 Seating
Music with The Deluge 9:00 - 12:30
$65 (plus tax and gratuity)
Four course dinner & show includes champagne toast @ midnight
$25 Show Only (includes music and champagne toast @ midnight)
Credit Card required to hold reservation for second seating.
 
A limited number of seats are available after 9PM on a first come first serve basis for show only tickets.
 
Dinner reservations for the 8 PM seating will have their table for the entire evening.
 
Closed January 1 through January 6 for cleaning and maintenance.
 
Live Music in December                  
December 3 -  Chris Rosser
"Chris's songs are good medicine. Kind and heartfelt and beautifully written." David Wilcox
 
December 5 - Red Honey
This band brings all kind of rockin' surfability featuring Erika Jane.
 
December 10 -  Tellico
Fine Americana band returns with their stories of Appalachia.
 
December 12 - Bad Popes
A unique blend of rock, country and western swing from this Greenville band.
 
December 17 - Jimmy Landry
Jimmy returns to remind us that"Life is good" among other things.
 
David returns with his fine band The Serpents to fill the house.
 
December 24 - CHRISTMAS NO MUSIC
We wish you and your families a wonderful and meaningful holiday season!
 
December 26 - Scoot Pittman
What finer way to close out the year than to have our old friend here.
 
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.  

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
Hours: 
Monday through Thursday 4-9
Friday 4-10
Saturday 2-10
Sunday 3-8 
 
On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, we will celebrate Birthdays of the Month! On Tuesday, December 8, just show Cindy your ID and receive a beer on the house. Bring your friends and celebrate at the Depot.
 
There's always something going on at the Depot. Live entertainment, potlucks, social gatherings.... spontaneous fun.   
 
Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street.  Please call Rima at 828-894-2242 or email rimomdancestonight@gmail.com 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 saludagradecafe.com or on Facebook.
 
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at saludagrade@hotmail.com.  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
  
dancersextension
Dancers Extension
We invite you to the performance by the Dancer's Extension holiday dancers at the Boarding House Venue above Thompson's Store during Saluda Hometown Christmas.
 
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 smonts@charter.net or visit our website at thedancers-ext.com for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook
 
Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp
Jim Carson will offer a workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp", on Thursday-Saturday, January 21-23, 2016.

This indoor painting workshop provides a superior learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of impressionist painting.

The workshop will concentrate on values, design, and temperature variety, all while simplifying the painting approach to achieve spontaneous and bold brushwork.

The students will paint from photo references and or still life set ups in the studio. There will be lots of one on one easel time, demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price is $350.

The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.

Jim recently won the Award of Distinction at the 2015 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition in Scottsdale, Az. The prize is a one fourth page ad in the February/March 2016 edition of Plein Air Magazine.

For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702,jimcarson151@gmail.com, or visit jimcarson.net.

Saluda Holiday Gallery
Open during Hometown Christmas December 11, 6-8pm

Start your holiday shopping at the Saluda Historic Depot in November at the first annual Saluda Holiday Gallery. 

Gallery is open through December 31, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4pm. We invite you to visit during Hometown Christmas, December 11, 6 to 8pm to enjoy refreshments and saxophonists, Darryl Olivier.

"The Depot has become such a dynamic gathering place for community events such as artist's exhibits, book launches, and train tales. I am proud to be a part of the Saluda Holiday Gallery and this most successful commitment to Save the Depot," expressed Susie Welsh, Gingerly Touched Pottery.
"Capturing Saluda and the area in our photography the past 9 years has been nothing short of an amazing adventure for us. We are thrilled to be able to hang our work in the Depot for this holiday event aimed at raising funds for the purchase of the Depot" says Jean-Jacques and Sue Benoist.
New caps available for $20 and holiday cards are now available for your Christmas greetings.  



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 historicsaluda.org. Details and photos may also be found at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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 of the venues.

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

Ecumenical Service at 8:15pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St. 
 
Hometown Christmas Music Venues 2015
Dancer's Extension - Thompson's Store
Heartwood Gallery - Amy Brucksch, guitar
Entegra Bank - Rodney Gibson, keyboard & songs
M.A. Pace store - James Metcalf & Colt Creek Band, Bluegrass & Gospel
Meanwhile Back in Saluda - Alan Dillman & friends, Irish music
Purple Onion - Fred Whiskin & Robert Seiler, piano
Saluda Gem Mining & Wick Ware - Richard & Barbara Sharkey, piano and Songs
Saluda Historic Depot -Darryl Olivier, saxophonist
Saluda Library - Members of Overmountain String Band and Twister Theater, Balloon Artist
Somewhere In Time - Joyful Noise, Christmas Carolers
The Pottery - Steven Stone, pianist
Thompson Store's Holiday Deck - Doug Dye, singer
Wildflour Bakery - Skeeziks with Allan Dillman
  
The Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop
workshop Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:30am-1:00pm
Saluda Fire Department
Free For Kids Five And Up
 

The Workshop Helpers want to invite Saluda's children, aged 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 the 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.

Saluda Scoop

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

Steamy Mug opens at 18 Church Street before Saluda Hometown Christmas. Amanda Anderson and Beth Trumann, proprietors, are excited to bring this new concept to Saluda. Hand-crafted coffees and eight specialty teas (some organic) will be the hallmarks of the the new coffee shop, along with soups, Panini's, and pastries. The shop will have cozy and comfortable seating areas using handmade overstuffed pallet furniture for you to relax and connect with friends. You can also connect to the internet with a free Wi-Fi service. Amanda and Beth welcome everyone to visit the coffee shop during Saluda Hometown Christmas, December 11.
 
For more information, please email to steamymug28773@gmail.com and keep up to date with their opening on Facebook.
 
Chad Blotner Photography & Gallery will open at 78 E Main Street during Saluda Hometown Christmas. The gallery will exhibit and sell work from local photographers from Western NC and Upstate SC. He does professional photography specializing in landscapes. See some of his work on Like us on Facebook

For more information please contact Chad at 828-817-8734 or chad.blotner@gmail.com.

 
2015 Holiday Adventure Packages are HERE! The coolest gift under the tree!
 
The Gorge Holiday Adventure Package - a $298 value for only $205 + shipping
Package includes: 2 Zipline Canopy Tour gift certificates, 2 Gorge T-shirts, 2 Gorge Coffee mugs or Naleges, 2 stickers, and 2 Saluda Adventure Guides
 
Green River Adventures Whitewater Adventure Package - a $235 value for only $150 + shipping
Package includes: 2 Inflatable kayak trip gift certificates, 2 GRA coffee mugs, 2 GRA t-shirts, 2 stickers, and 2 Saluda Adventure Guides
 
Green River Adventures Waterfall Rappel Adventure Package - a $315 value for only $220 + shipping
Package includes: 2 Waterfall Rappel gift certificates, 2 GRA coffee mugs, 2 GRA t-shirts, 2 stickers, 2 Saluda Adventure Guides
 
Adventure Packages can be purchased online, in person or over the phone at The Gorge - 828.749.2500 - 166 Honey Bee Lane - Saluda, NC 28773

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.

heartwood Christmas Eve at Heartwood
A few years ago we realized it was men we saw most on Christmas Eve morning, waiting at the door for us to open so they could choose that perfect gift and have it wrapped prettily. For many men, it is tradition to wait until the day before to shop. We have come to call it "man day" at Heartwood and we will be serving coffee, cookies, and beer from 10-4 on Christmas Eve for your enjoyment while we wrap. Women are welcome, too...of course!
 
Heartwood December Hours
Mon-Thurs 10-5
Fri-Sat 10-6
Sun 12-4
Christmas Eve 10-4
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Heartwood Gallery |  828-749-9365 | email - info@heartwoodsaluda.com
heartwoodsaluda.com, Like us on Facebook


We are grateful for the enthusiastic welcome so many of you have extended to Sassafras in our first year of business here in Saluda!  Especially popular in our store is a large selection of scarves which will be perfect for many on your Christmas list! For these cooler days, check out our 100% Alpaca wool sweaters, for adults and children. We also have a nice selection of our popular Lulu-B cotton sweaters... also great gifts!   And, you'll also find Ethyl and Jag Jeans, Vests and Skirts, in several different styles. Don't miss our section of "fancy" tops for special evenings, wonderful earrings, (including Clip-Ons!), and some adorable knitted gloves, hand-warmers, hats, and headbands!  Also, be sure to check out our clothing Sale on selected items from our Fall and Winter lines. 
 
If you haven't visited us, you're in for a treat! Be sure to stop by for wine or cider during Hometown Christmas on December 11, from 6pm to 8pm. You'll also discover some Special Discounts for that occasion!
 
And, we're happy to offer free gift-wrapping!
 
We're located at 46 E. Main St., next to the Saluda Grade Cafe. In December, we're open Mondays, and Wednesday thru Friday 11am - 5pm, and Sat 10am - 5pm.  You can also call us at 828-749-2379. 
 
    
Kniticality
A Note from Amy
Before the smell of nutmeg,
fir, and sweetly baking pies,
Before the cars arrive
one by one, erupting with
family and friendship
Before a turkey's time
comes and goes,
In all the blur of holidays
marking the swift end of
another year's passing,
My daughters take turns
stirring the gravy only I can make,
My husband flicks between
blue-lit channels,
My cat purrs blissful
in the calm before,
before, before,
and I knit a few quiet rows
while I await anon.

We will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Classes resume the second week of January.

Offerings will include foundational classes in crochet and knitting for brand-new stitchers. Classes make great gifts! We also have gift cards and kits for your holiday season.

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, kniticality.com and the Kniticality Facebook page.
828.749.3640.
 

Now that Thanksgiving is over it's time to turn your thoughts to Christmas. Irmy's Dressing Room Etc. will be open to accommodate your shopping hours until after Christmas with ongoing great sales.  This is an opportunity to take advantage of these special sales to stock up on your Christmas presents. Need help shopping for that special person or help selecting a style for those holiday parties? Then, Irmy is the best at putting it all together for you. Visit during Hometown Christmas and enjoy some of Irmy's incredible refreshments. 
 
All of us from Irmy's Dressing Room Etc. are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 

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.  
 
 
 
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
As Marianne and I begin our sixth year as Innkeepers of The Orchard Inn, we are amazed at how quickly the time has passed and how much we've enjoyed the multitude of interesting guests as well as the warm embrace we've received from the Saluda community. We feel very fortunate to have been drawn to this wonderful place - the natural beauty, fantastic air quality and warm friendly folks that call Saluda home. It is in this spirit of love and joy that we approach the holiday season and look forward to welcoming you to our lovely Inn with warm hospitality and friendly service.

Join us for one of our Dickens Dinners on either: December 5, 10, 12, 18, and 19. We will also be serving a traditional Austrian Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24th featuring Goose, Dumplings, Sacher Torte, Strudel and much more. Or join us for a spectacular finale to 2015 and our New Year's Eve Gala. It's a black-tie optional, 7-course extravaganza ending with a complimentary glass of French Champagne to toast the new year while watching the ball drop in Times Square.

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 Winter special on couples massages. Stay 2 nights anytime this Winter 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 at 828-749-5471 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 orchardinn.com. 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.

Holiday Cheers for Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill. 
Start early and shop locally at Thompson's Store and see the gifts we have for all ages.

We are stocked with homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relish and jugs of cider. A great selection of Craft Beer and Fine Wines, with a delicious choice of cheese, hummus, goat cheese and homemade pimento cheese: regular or hot. Don't know what to have for a meal, we have homemade chicken salad and a variety of homemade frozen dinners.

Charlie's Sage Sausage is made almost daily, so remember to give the gift that all will enjoy. Call ahead if you need 5 pounds or more and we will have it packaged for you to pick up.

Gift Certificates that can be used in the store or grill make great stocking stuffers or a gift for that hard-to-by-for person.

Need a dessert and don't want to bake: Samantha makes a deliciously moist "Apple Cake." You can purchase a whole or half; call and order today.
Doug Dye will be "Singing for Christmas" during Hometown Christmas on the deck of the Back Alley Barn. The dancers from Sonja Monts studio will dance upstairs in the Charleston Room. Come and sit a spell and enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and Santa's Favorite Cookies.

Thanks for supporting our business this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and the Best of 2016.  

Free Veteran's Breakfast is December 17 until 10am. 
 
Closed on Sunday till spring.
 
Hours 
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
Happy Holidays!
 
Every Tuesday we have Homemade Smoked Italian Lasagna, tossed salad and crusty garlic bread for $8.99! All glasses of wine $2.00 off and bottles $4.00 off! Also all pint drafts $2.00 off all day long! 
 
Daily Specials:
Monday- Burger and fries
Tuesday- Pulled Pork Sandwich with homemade slaw
Wednesday- Fried Green Tomato BLT
Thursday- House Smoked Bologna Sandwich
Friday- Smoked Trout Tacos
 
We continue to have the usual favorites...Brunswick Stew and Smokehouse Chili and also have a Homemade soup of the day which changes often!
 
Monday through Thursday certain appetizers and small bites are $2.00 off! $1.75 pint Narragansett and PBR everyday all day!
 
Holiday drafts selections are back...People's Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, Sierra Nevada Celebration and Highland's Cold Mountain! Come join us for a pint or two!
 
Stop by for dinner during Saluda Hometown Christmas.

Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day! 

Our Hours:
Monday's 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 
Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays
Sunday's Noon-8pm   
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.    
 
 
Wildflour Bakery   
Our Christmas order sheet is ready with a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list.  No need to worry about them already having an item -- these treats are so delicious, they won't last a minute!  Christmas orders must be placed by Sunday, December 20th.Click here to download an order sheet.

We hope to see you all on Friday, Dec. 11 for Saluda's Hometown Christmas.  Wildflour will be open with samples of some of our Christmas goodies, savory treats and music from Skeeziks....and a dose of Christmas cheer for everyone.

We will be open until noon on Thursday, Dec. 24 and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. We will be open on Sat., Dec. 26, 8 am - 3 pm. We will be open on Thursday, December 31 (8 am - 3 pm) and all day New Year's Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016....from 8am - 3pm and from 5pm - 8 pm for PIZZA!

Monday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &  
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
 
qr codes
Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at
wildflourbakerync.com for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
 
 
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Local Market
NEW Local Specialty Foods:  Butterfield's Candies (Made in NC since 1924!),  Highland Gourmet's Balsamic Reductions (Fig, Chili, Pumpkin and Apple), Glory Kitchen's Nut and Spice Blends (Flavors of Provence, Cairo, Umbria & Mumbai!)  and Blue Ridge Mountain Trout (Whole & Fillets)!

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.  Look for Wildflour Bake Shop's Vegetarian Lasagna and Chicken Pot Pie in our freezer section, local goat cheese and Saluda trout.  Try our world famous Pimento Cheese and  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.

Winter NEW
Hours:
Open 11 AM till 6:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Open 11 AM till 9:30 PM Wednesday and Friday
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
See us on Like us on Facebook.  
  
oaks The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
The leaves are falling. . .
The temperatures are falling . . .
And so are the room rates at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast!  
Book NOW, to enjoy one of the most beautiful and romantic seasons to be in the mountains and take advantage of the lowest prices of the year! All the exquisite detail of this vintage Victorian home, decorated for Christmas - plus, warm fires, comfortable rooms, delicious gourmet breakfasts and all the charm and wonder of our village decked out for the holidays.

Consider packing your presents and inviting the whole family!   Take possession of the entire inn - including our commercial kitchen and Carriage House - at an amazing discounted price through our VRBO connection at VRBO.

Don't labor over finding the perfect give this year. Purchase an Oaks Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificate - always the proper size and color and good anytime of the year! Available in any denomination.

Contact us at theoaksbedandbreakfast.com or call 828-749-2000.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000, theoaksbedandbreakfast.com  
Friend us on Facebook!
 
Random Arts & Apparel 
Holiday gift giving has never been easier when you shop with us at Random Arts. You'll find many items under $20, and some even less including beautiful scarves, handpainted vests, unique jewelry, funky sox & more. And for that special creative in your life, you will find coloring books of all kinds and colored pencils and markers to go with it. Stop in and see all that we have to offer and you will be pleasantly surprised.
 
If you are looking for creative workshops we will be offering 2 holiday card making classes on Dec. 10 and 11. We supply everything you'll need to make as many cards as you can in this 2 hour class. Cost $25, 10am till noon. Please call or stop in to register. 828-749-1165 
Open Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 10am till 5pm
Please like us on Facebook or find us online.  Located at 481 Louisiana Ave @ Ozone Email: randomarts22@gmail.com
    
Entegra Bank
Put Entegra Bank in your pocket.

At Entegra Bank, our customers know they don't have to come to our offices to securely deposit checks in their Entegra Bank account. All they need is a smart phone and our free banking app. Just point the camera at the check, snap the pix, confirm the transaction and it's all done. It's simple and quick.
Want to send money to anybody anywhere? No problem. Use your smart phone. Simply tell us who you want to pay, how much and their email or mobile phone number. They will be notified via email or text within minutes and receive funds in two days. Mobile banking* from Entegra Bank.
You don't need to be here - or even close to here - to bank here.

Contact our Telephone Service Center at 800.438.2265, option 5 to activate these services. Terms and conditions must be accepted.

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

Be sure to visit us during Hometown Christmas. Rodney Gibson will be entertaining on his keyboard for your enjoyment. Happy Holidays!

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

Photo Book of Pearson's Falls
Daniel Cox worked at Pearson's Falls for three years as caretaker. During that time, he photographed many things that visitors would not see on a normal visit. Most people just come to hike the 1/4 mile trail to the falls. But Pearson's Falls is a botanical preserve and has many wildflowers. The falls are also closed on heavy rain and snow days. He composed over 180 pictures along with some poetry and history of the property. He is retired now and selling these books for $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling, or he will make arrangements for pick up in Saluda. These books would make great Christmas presents.
 
To place an order, please contact Daniel by email at dgccbc@bellsouth.net or call 828-696-5274. 

Mountain Valley Farm
Bradley Farms

We are counting our blessings... we are so thankful for all of our wonderful customers who have helped our business grow this year. We have had a wonderful time meeting new people during all of the farmers' markets throughout the season. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support. We are going to take these next couple of months to complete a couple of projects around the farm and get ready for the next farmers' market season. We are going to continue to send out monthly newsletters to keep you updated. You are always welcome to come to the farm and get some beef, pork and chicken to take home.  Also, we will meet people in Columbus and Flat Rock for pre-orders every other Saturday from 9-11. If you would like to place an order, please just email us at mountainvalleyfarm1901@gmail.com
and we will set up a Saturday to meet you.    

We are taking reservations on half and whole orders for beef and pork. Please let us know if you are interested so we can add you to the reservation list. 
 
Firewood and manure compost for sale!  

We are proud to announce, we now have a website! Aaron has spent countless hours creating it. Please go check it out and share it with your family and friends! Visit us at bradleyfarmsnc.com. 

If you haven't already liked us on Facebook or Instagram, please click on these links.

Thank you for the support! We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!  
Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farm, 4455 Howard Gap Rd., Saluda, NC 28773
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.

Buncombe County
Gentry's Christmas Trees
- 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email: gentrees@mindspring.com.  
Hope Hollow Farms
- Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.  
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964

Haywood County 
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513 
Wesley Creek Tree Farm
- 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.  
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees -
951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.    
Transylvania County 
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm
- 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954  
Colonial Acres Nursery
- 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email: canursery@citcom.net. 
Farley Nursery
- PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828 
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm
- 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951. 
McCall's Tree Farm
- 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608 
Nicholson Tree Farm
- PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570 
Parker Tree Farm
- 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712 
Raxter Tree Farm
- 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600 
Shoal Creek Tree Farms
- 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.   
 
More Area Tree Farms

Note: Farms subject to change. Please call ahead.

Saluda Faces
Judy Ward

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 info@saludalifestyles.com.    
   
Judy Ward came to Saluda as a banker years ago, made it her home and found a lifestyle she said she wouldn't trade for anything.

"This location is so special," Judy said. "You can go to all the big towns, but you can come back to this special quiet place, and there's nothing like it."

As a banker, Judy met a lot of people in Saluda, but the most important one had to be Charlie Ward, a long-time town commissioner and businessman whose family had been associated with Thompson's Store on Main Street for decades. She and Charlie fell in love and were married in 2002.

"Charlie really enjoyed working in the store," Judy said as she sipped coffee at a corner table in the adjacent Ward's Grill. "He especially loved to be in the store when the kids got out of school in the afternoons and would come by the store for drinks and candy." Except for his military service during the Korean War, Charlie lived his entire life in Saluda. He died in 2008.

While Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill experienced ownership changes over the years, it is a firm downtown institution--a country store that transports locals and Saluda's visitors back to bygone days. Judy has partnered with Clark Thompson, a Saluda native, to revitalize the business whose Main Street sign bills it as "The Oldest Grocery Store in North Carolina." They've also remodeled the space above the store for parties and events and created an outdoor entertainment venue for use in the summer season.

"Of course, we still sell Charlie's famous sausage," Judy said with a smile. "It's a big item the year round, and people have already started calling with their Christmas orders. Some want ten pounds, others even more, and we ship it around the country."
Judy also has a list of community interests, including the Saluda Center and the current project to save the historic Saluda Railroad Depot. "The railroad is a huge part of Saluda's history," Judy said, "and I think our effort to save the depot is well on its way."

While she expects Saluda to retain its small-town charm, new attractions such as The Gorge (a zipline tour through the Green River Gorge) and the new Tryon International Equestrian Center, are attracting visitors. She said a growing number of bicycling events through the area are adding to those numbers as well. "It's good for the Saluda businesses," Judy said, "and it's good for the community as a whole."

By Saluda author, Ken Webb
Click here to see his latest publication,High Beams on Bumpy Roads on Amazon.

Historic Saluda

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Scanning History a film, featuring Saluda's very own: Dr. George Alexander Jones
The Saluda Historic Depot along with the Historic Saluda Committee are proud to host the film premiere of one of Saluda's very own, Dr. George Alexander Jones. Scanning History, produced by One Life, One Legacy™ Film Studios out of Flat Rock, NC.

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. 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).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 historicsaluda@gmail.com.

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. 

Book Signings, Meet the Authors, Images of America: Saluda
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Hometown Christmas: Stop by the Saluda Historic Depot. Members of the HSC will be there selling Images of America: Saluda. Pick up a copy or get your copy signed by the authors!
 
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 Amazon.com.
 
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 saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects.
 
Meetings
The December Historic Saluda Committee meeting date is Friday, December 11, 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 historicsaluda.org or contact us at historicsaluda@gmail.com.Want to view some of the oral histories collected? The HSC also has a YouTube page, so click here or go to youtube.com/user/HistoricSaludaNC. The HSC shares a Facebook page with the Saluda Historic Depot. Click here or go to facebook.com/savesaludadepot.
 
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             

TryonArtsandCrafts.org 


 

Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)

Tryonarts.org     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors
 

For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at cmariotti@windstream.net. 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: tps@tryonpaintersandsculptors.com. Visit the TPS website at tryonpaintersandsculptors.com.


 

Call for Artists Saluda Arts Festival
Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 
SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL
  Historic Downtown
Saluda,  NC
   May 21, 2016  
10am - 4pm
 

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 21, 2016.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  
 
Exhibit Fee:  $75 
Entry Deadline:  March 16, 2016
 
 Download application by clicking here or visiting saluda.com after January 1 and linking to the arts festival page.

For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, susieinsaluda@gmail.com or Wendy Hamil at wendy.hamil@yahoo.com

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

HearonStories 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.

Checking On the Mail
The post office in Saluda now, 1994, is the most hazardous place in Polk County. The location and the traffic pattern there is Russian Roulette. At my age, I just don't go there.
 
If I'm forced to walk by there I just close my eyes, and stick my fingers in my ears, and look at my feet. If I could I'd run, but I can't, so I just poke along. God's been good to me so far.
 
It wasn't always so. The post office used to be where the telephone company is now, and the mail came to the post office from the depot after the trains ran, either up or down. And you knew which you wanted to check after, depending on where your permanent home was. Folks from Tennessee, and Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Arkansas got mail on the down-train. Folks from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida got mail on the up-train. If you didn't have much to do, you could sit on a bench and watch people come and check their post office boxes. If they came early, before the mail was "put up," they visited and chatted in groups, and went over to Dr. Little's drug store and had a coke or lemonade and waited. The most interesting of those to me were the Frost girls in bloomers and middy blouses, all three of them; the Warren girls from Louisiana Avenue in their riding britches; and little Helen Townsend in her summer wear; and all sorts of nice people.
 
But then there was Mrs. Webb in her big black Cadillac, and her daughters, Charlie and Rosebud. There was another daughter, but I never knew her. This "Charlie" was really a girl, and I know because she had lots of beaus. Some of them relatives of mine. Now this Rosebud child was Mrs. Webb's baby, and that she was. Mrs. Webb would hold on to Rosebud going in and out of the post office and stores and any other place like she knew that if she turned Rosebud 'alone, she'd be gone, and that she would, but not far. Just to Dr. Little's for a cherry coke or maybe a lime. Mrs. Webb never loosened that rein. "Be good to yourself, Rosebud, wherever you are."
 
I saw Rosebud and her husband a summer or two back, and we laughed a good laugh about all of this.
 
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Condolences

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

Harold "Shady" "Buzz" Raymond Johnson, 72, of Saluda passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Isabel Bradley Reid,79, passed away Wednesday, October 28,2015. 
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

 

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

 

Saluda Post Office Hours

SPECIAL NOTICE!

For security purposes, the recycle bin has been removed from the post office lobby.  Please take your mail home and shred or discard in a responsible manner.  Thanks, Saluda Postmaster 

 

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.

 

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102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

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