Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
March 2016  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Easter Egg Hunt
City Notes
Brown Bag
Saluda Historic Depot
Be a SHD Champion
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Tribal Bellydance
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Episcopal Church Stations
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Calendar of Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Art Exhibit at Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Train Tales
Bradley Farms
Call for Artists
Saluda Arts Festival Music & Entertainment
SAF Sponsorships
SAF Call for Volunteers
Saluda Students Win Robotics Tournament
Foothills Humane Society
Italy is Calling
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
Trout Fly Fishing School
I Remember Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

 Click on the pictures to link to  Western NC MLS Listing (links may expire, visit 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!

To view all Home and Land Properties for sale in Saluda, please click here
New on the Market!

Charming cottage walkable to downtown Main St. in Saluda, NC. Remodeling done over the years opening kitchen to dining area, fresh paint, and new carpets. Perfect starter home or mountain get away. Easy access to I-26. 2BR, 1.5 BA,MLS#3150412, $154,900

It's all about the river! Maintenance free home perched atop a hill overlooking the rushing Green River. Relax and listen to rushing water on large covered porch.Vaulted ceilings make small living area seem spacious. Stainless steel appliances.Natural landscaping in front with river boulders an 2BR, 2BA, 2.75 ac, MLS#3146385, $269,000
Beautiful 15+ AC parcel with well maintained single wide cabin. Additional adjoining 21+ AC parcel is available. Close to Fishtop Green River access parking area and NC Wildlife Gamelands Green River Gorge trail system. MLS#3147901, $122,000 

Southland log home used for commercial and could easily be turned into your mountain dream home. Walkable to historic village of Saluda, there's enough space for the entire family. Turn offices into master suite, and fit large spacious kitchen with new appliances. Oppty to upgrade and expand bathrooms to full use. Lots of parking and old homestead chimney sets stage for outdoor entertainment. Let your imagination run wild when designing and re-purposing this log cabin in the heart of Saluda. MLS#3140554, $349,000. Property can also be used for commercial purposes.
Enjoy a contemporary style of architecture portraying a lifestyle of outdoor living, luxury bedroom & bathroom suites,informal entertaining with light, simplicity and openness.Floor plan connects indoors to outdoors creating spaciousness. Easily accessible and minutes from Tryon Int'l Equestrian Center. 4232SF, 3BR, 3.5 BA, 3.15 ac, Tryon, NC, MLS#3143153, $450,000. View Virtual Tour.

Beautiful, light filled, lake front home. Solidly built & renovated with all new windows, hardwood floors throughout, & open floor-plan. When your not fishing & swimming in the lake enjoy your private land with a variety of rare flora & fauna, walking trails, creek & outdoor kitchen. Separate 910 SF building with private drive can be a home to your hobbies or office. A rare find. MLS#3132161, $325,000  

Featured Listings
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. 
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, $349,500.Click here for virtual tour. 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 $775,000 or $495,000 with 5 acres. Click here for virtual tour.

Mountain home on 2.1 acres adjoins Conservancy land overlooking Round Mtn. and Tryon Peak. Private bath in each bedroom. Enjoy magnificent views of different seasons. 3BR, 4BA, Art Studio, 2-car garage, MLS#577262, $347,500 

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.
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 $378,000
Click here for tour.

Exceptionally-built home with 170ft of lake frontage on Lake Sheila.Live year round in a peaceful, private lake community yet close to shopping,dining,and social activities. MLS#533759, $375,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
  Click here to see all Featured Home Listings

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

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land
Mountain Vista
Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $95,000, MLS#521147
 View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $59,000 MLS#533763  
Lot 29, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#569729    
Lake Lots
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $65,000, 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  
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 February 29, 2016). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2016       6          11                

Homes 2015       7          0       


Land 2016          4          0                              

Land 2015          3          0  


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

Click here to see a 2015 Year End/2016 Forecasts Marketing Report of Western NC by Beverly-Hanks. 


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

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 at the meeting room in the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets Wednesday, March 2 at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church office.
Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Downtown Foundation
2nd Tuesday
 at 5:00pm at the Saluda Library.  
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet March 11 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Women's Club will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

Saluda Garden Club meets Monday, March 21 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Train Tales
, Saluda Historic Depot, March 18, 6:30pm.
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, March 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.

Happy 90th Birthday
To Martha Stoney Anderson
Born March 24, 1926
Photos courtesy of Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
and Martha Anderson   
Easter Egg Hunt
easter basket Saturday, March 26, 2016, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Bring your own basket!
Age groups:
0 to 4 years old
5 to 8 years old
9 to 12 years old
Egg hunt will be in the empty lot on Irwin Street across from Memorial Park. Food & drink will be served in the Pavilion at McCreery Park afterwards. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, so parents bring your cameras!
Join us for fun in the park!  Rain or Shine. For more information call 828-749-3789.

CityCity Notes

Charles Conner announced as new City Chief of Police  
The City of Saluda is pleased to announce the hiring of Charles Conner as the City's new Chief of Police. After a lengthy interview process involving several candidates, it was decided that Mr. Conner's previous experience in supervisory roles and his dedication to Saluda would help take the Saluda Police Department in a new direction. Mr. Conner has been with the Saluda Police Department for 7 years, 5 of those as Sergeant. He says with all the changes the City has seen lately, he is excited to now be able to play a large part in these changes. When asked about his main goal as the new Chief, he said he simply wants the Police Department to have more community involvement. He wants residents to know his name and feel like the Saluda Police Department is an open and welcoming environment. City Manager, Jon Cannon, praises the recent progress in the Police Department and credits Mr. Conner with the changes. "Mr. Conner did not hesitate to step into the Chief position and all of its responsibility when the City needed him most. I look forward to working with Mr. Conner for many years to come and being a first-hand witness to the positive changes in the department's future."
To Whom It May Concern:
In accordance with the regulations set down by the Division of Water Quality, Fats, Oils and Grease regulations apply to The City of Saluda.
Please do not flush any oils (vegetable oil, cooking oil, hamburger grease, motor oil, etc.) down drains.
Please wipe all cooking utensils with paper towels to remove excess grease and discard in waste receptacle, then wash utensils.
Please be reminded to not flush any disinfectants down drains also. Anything designed to kill bacteria should not be flushed down the drain.
Help Pave Pace Park
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  

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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.
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available March 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.

Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Opens for Spring March 3, Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4pm.
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 website. Click here.

When online shopping, we invite you to shop at and select Saluda Historic Depot as your favorite charity. A small percentage of all your purchases will go toward our fundraising. To learn more about SmileAmazon, please click here.

Volunteers Who May Have An Interest
If you would like to volunteer to cover the museum hours, please email

All ABOARD...for the 1
st Annual
Saluda Historic Depot Train Challenge
What:Families design, construct and operate a non-motorized train engine, boxcar and caboose train set made completely out of recycled materials, not to exceed 2' x 4' in size. The winning train is awarded based on ...
The Best Artistic Use of Recycle Materials to Depict a Train
When: To compete in the challenge, submit all entries to the Saluda Historic Depot at the following times...
Thursday May 19th (noon to 4 PM),
Friday May 20th (noon to 4 PM), or
Saturday May 21th before 10 AM
Members of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club will be judging the Challenge assisted by the attendees of the Saluda Arts Festival. The winning entry will receive the title of Depot Train and remain on display at the Depot throughout the year. The winners will receive a local fun pack of adventure activities to celebrate their victory.
 Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
March 5, Chad Blotner, Photographer Opening Reception March 5, at 6:30pm. Exhibit throughout March. 
March 18, Saluda Train Tales, 6:30pm (always the third Friday of the month)
April 1, All Fool's Night & Oyster Roast Fundraiser at The Back Alley Barn
May 21, All Aboard Saluda Historic Depot Train Challenge
May 21, Saluda Art Legends Exhibit 
Be a Saluda Historic Depot Champion

Go for gold, silver, or bronze as a recognized corporate champion of The Saluda Historic Depot.
Follow the example of railroader Captain Charles Pearson and guarantee a place in Saluda history for you and your business. In 1878, Pearson accepted the challenge of what many thought was an insurmountable task. But this chief engineer had vision, faith in the goal, and a commitment to succeed. In less than a year, his brave crew had hammered steel rails up the steep and treacherous side of Melrose Mountain to crest at 2,097 feet and today's getaway town of Saluda, NC.
The rails in downtown are now forever still and silent, but the railroad depot stirs with activity, with the energy of those working to preserve the history in the walls around them. We ask you and your company to share the vision and to be part of the action. While long on history, however, The Depot is short on funds. Preservation needs donation. Click here to download the Corporate Sponsorship Package and opportunities for participating.
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 March 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 at 2 pm on Thursday, March 3. The book for discussion is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch-"Scout"-returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past-a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision-a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
Social Singles of Saluda will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., Mar. 17 at 5pm. All single men and women over the age of 40 up to 90+ are invited to join us. No need to RSVP. All we ask is that you bring a dish for us all to enjoy, plus a $1 donation for the use of the Saluda Center. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.

Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Mar. 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. 
There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.   
A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Call (828) 393-7891 to volunteer or for more information.
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. 
Saluda Community Land Trust
Annual Meeting 2016
Mark your calendars for April 13 for SCLT's annual meeting at 6:00 at the Saluda (formerly "Senior") Center. Doug Elliot, naturalist, will be our speaker for an evening of food fun and information. As always, our annual meeting will be fun for the whole family.
Let's Clean for Spring - Adopt-a-Highway
Join us for the opportunity to care for our local environment and show your pride for our beautiful mountain city. Monday March 14, 10 AM - 12 AM. Weather date is the following Monday, the 21st. All supplies will be provided, just bring a friend. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 10am to pick up supplies and figure out which area along 176 that you and your partner will "de-litter."
Robinson Community Garden
A few 20 foot rows are still available at $5 each. The garden season is March 1 until November 30. To reserve a row or if you have any questions please contact Dave or Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 or email at
Trail Crew Meeting
The Trail Crew is scouting trail location at the top of Round Mountain and using GPS to map the trail. If you would like to participate before the leaves obscure the view, please contact Chuck at 828-817-0364 or
Consider Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes
Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak which are both amazing venues to rent for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.
Saluda Dog Park
The dog park continues to be a hit with dogs and dog owners alike, especially in the snow. It is still located on Chestnut Street down from Greenville Street about 250 yards. Please enjoy at your leisure.
Walks in the Woods
Our walks in the woods will resume the first and third Sundays in April. A schedule will follow in the April newsletter.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month March 2, at 3:00 at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.
Contact our office at 828-749-1560 or for information.
Be sure to check out our updated website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Saluda Tailgate Market
tailgate The Saluda Tailgate Market is in its 7th season. We are an agricultural only market that operates from 4:30 to 6:30 every Friday from May through October. The market is located in Saluda's public parking lot on West Main Street and welcomes vendors from Polk and Henderson County.
If you would be interested in vending at our market, please send questions to: Information, application, and rules and regulations are posted at: The 2015 application and rules have not changed and you may download those and apply for the 2016 season. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Saluda Tailgate Market is friendly and well attended. The community of Saluda lends its full support to this market throughout the season. It is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, the City of Saluda, and Polk County Agricultural Economic Development.
For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713. 
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
Did you know that half of our bird species are threatened by climate change and that the best way to provide sources of food such as berries, nuts, nectar, seeds, and insects for hungry migrating birds is by planting native plants in your landscape? Tom Tribble, President of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society addressed the Saluda Garden Club at our February meeting with lots of ideas for creating bird friendly gardens and listed the best plants to consider. A great resource book for native planting is Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy. The Club requested the Saluda Library acquire the book.
How about getting your own native plants started and avoid the cost of purchasing plants? Come to the Garden Club's meeting on March 21 for a presentation by Scott Welborn, Polk County Extension Agent on just that....plant propagation. You don't need fancy equipment or a greenhouse. Come and pick up a few good tips on how to stretch your gardening dollars. The meeting will be held at the Saluda Library at 10:00 a.m.

Our meetings are open to everyone and are always free.
Please note some events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather, (we all made it on icy roads in February) or due to scheduling problems. Please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530 to confirm a meeting or inquire about membership.
And if you know of interesting speakers, field trips, or resources for gardening enthusiasts, we would love to hear about them. Give Karen a call. Hope to see you the second day of spring!
Women's Club of Saluda
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street in Saluda. Light refreshments will be served and Amy from Kniticality will present the program. Ladies of all ages are welcome.  For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 808-828-2439.
The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community, support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders.
The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community, support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders.
Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT
Health and Wellness at the Saluda Center
Gentle Yin Yoga 
Wednesday 12:30pm
Friday         9:30am
Powerful (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga
Friday 8:00am
Classes are held in the studio downstairs at the Saluda Center.Mats and props are available. Please come at least 5 minutes early.Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.
Aikido (the art of peace or the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength, kicking or punching. Instead, we use flowing circular movements which 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 at 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.

Tribal Bellydance
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM
Beginner & Intermediate, no prior experience necessary, wear yoga style clothing.

Tribal Bellydance is an American hybrid improvisational style, blending many ancient dance traditions into a fusion of traditional Middle Eastern dance with folkloric dance movements from India, Central Asia, North Africa, and Spain. It is a multi-generational group of women, dancing in unison with no pre-set choreography, using a lead and follow vocabulary of moves and cues, a form of non-verbal communication. The ethnically inspired costumes allow us to re-visit that childlike joy of playing dress-ups. Earthy and grounded, it is about women dancing as a tribe for the pure joy of it, invoking an ancient Muse.

Classes held at the Saluda Center, downstairs yoga studio, 64 Greenville Street.
For more information: Rima 828-894-2242,

Saluda Community Choir
Sing in the Saluda Community Choir!
Monday's, 7pm - 8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church.

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 
Saluda Elementary School After School Academy students would like to thank the following C4C community volunteers for reading with them during the month of February: Elizabeth Taylor, Edna McKee, Frances Fairey, Frank McNutt, Lin Savage, Anita Summey, Rob Parsons, Donna Davenport, John Savage, Louise Brezillac, Wendy Peck, Bob Peck, Vina Boyce, and Barbara Cardais.  Students would also like to thank C4C presenters, David Parris and Archy Hardy. During the month of February, these C4C volunteers spent more than 30 hours with students in After School Academy!  
March 2016 Calendar of Events
Saluda Elementary School
March 4    End of 4th Six Weeks of School
March 4    Lori Cozzi, A+ Schools Liaison, will visit our school today.
March 6-12  Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 7    Report Cards
Mar 7-11    Reading 3D Progress Monitoring
March 9    9:30am  Statewide Tornado Drill
March 14   6:30pm  School Board Meeting
Mar 21-25    Reading 3D Progress Monitoring
March 23    School visitors from a prospective NC A+ School
March 24    Kindergarten to Autumn Care for Annual Easter Egg Hunt
March 25   HOLIDAY
March 28   Optional Workday (This may change after the Board meets on March 14)
March 29  Regular School Day
March 30    Interim Reports
March 31    Strawbridge Studios---Spring Pictures
Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     
Principal, Ronette Dill   
Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773

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! 
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 in February 
Themed crafts and games!
Thursdays at 4pm, Grades 6-12
Free Snacks Always Served!
3: Nintendo Wii U 
10: Crafternoon Fun 
17: Nintendo Wii U 
24: Movie Matinee:Mockingjay Part 2 
31: Nintendo Wii U
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
"Walking the Way of the Cross"
A centuries old spiritual tradition comes to Saluda - this time with local artistic flair. The Stations of the Cross is a series of 14 images that depict Jesus on the day of the crucifixion. Sometimes called "Via Dolorosa" or the "Way of Sorrows", the Stations are modeled upon the significant events along the aklroute in Jerusalem thought to be the path Jesus walked as he made his way to Golgatha.

Over the centuries, artists have depicted the various scenes of the Stations. These images, along with prayers and Bible readings encouraged Christians as they embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage without leaving their local communities. In the past, as well as today, the faithful, tired of the winter world and yearning for spring often discovered a sense of light and hope in the journey.

The Stations have their origins in medieval Catholic Europe and have been observed by Episcopal communities for over 100 years and more recently among Lutherans, Presbyterians and other Protestant churches.

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda is offering a unique interpretation
Station 2 Varian Hunt
The Stations of the Cross, including art by well know local artists, Bill and Anne Jameson, Gloria Sullivan, Cappy Rearick and Maria McCall. Two local artists, Judy Thompson and Varian Hunt, are both
Station 8 Anne Jameson 
working on Station 2 in their chosen mediums of clay and yarn. The 14 stations are depicted in a variety of mediums, including quilting, ceramic, knitted works, oil on canvas,
Station 2 Judy Thompson
and fiber.

This religious exhibit will begin Friday, March 18th and run through Easter Sunday, March 27th in the church parish hall. Located at 72 Charles Street, the exhibit opens daily from 10am to 3pm. Docents will be on hand to guide guests.

Click here for complete descriptions of the Stations.

For questions or more information, please call the church at 828-749-9740 or email
Saluda Church Services & Events

Easter cross Easter Sunrise Service, March 27, 2016 at 6:45am on Orchard Hill at Judd's Peak.  United Methodist Church of Saluda and Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration invite you to this community-wide sunrise service. Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson and Pastor Rob Parsons will join in delivering the service.  Coffee and Hot Cross Buns served after the service onsite. Folding chairs available, feel free to bring your own chair. Direction: Take Greenville St turns into Mountain Page Rd, R on Pace Mtn Rd, R on Judd's Peak.

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
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
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
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


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Saluda Classifieds

For Sale -
Saluda United Methodist Church is selling a Lowrey Genius, Digital Stereo Rhythm Gx Organ. If Interested, please call 828-749-3789.

Time for Spring Cleaning!
"Deep cleaning" 
"One time cleaning"
"Moving jobs"
Call Kathie for estimates at 828-674-6108.
In Gratitude Bed & Breakfast
Repose for Body and Soul - Accommodations and Retreats, 635 Louisiana Avenue, Saluda, NC 28773. Classic 1900 cottage with separate retreat cabin. Secluded, set back in the woods, on 2 acres of land. Only a ten minute walk to downtown. Accommodations for 6 in cottage: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchen, dining room, screen porch. Retreat cabin for one set apart from cottage with kitchen, deck overlooking the woods and separate meditation room. For reservations and additional information please contact:
Ben Coonrod at 803-378-8760

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
I come to you. Retired from church music ministry. 20 yrs teaching private music lessons. Proud, new Saluda 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.

Annual Calendar of Events
Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday each month (April - October)
Saluda Tailgate Market -Every Friday (May through October)
Spring Green Bash - 1st Saturday in May, hosted at Green River Adventures.
Saluda Arts Festival - May 21, 2016
Green River Games - Extreme multisport event changed from 1st Saturday in September to May 21-22, 2016 
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (2nd Friday of month, May through September)
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September 12, 2015
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
Small Business Saturday - 2nd Saturday in December

Right of Passage
A robin is fixed to a small branch fighting back the wind threatening to whisk it into the air. With its feathers ruffling and his feet gripped tightly around the branch, it is determined and stubborn against the cold winter wind. It's fighting for its right to spring.
Other early signs of spring are appearing. Blue birds and yellow finches are back, jonquils and daffodils are pushing up through wet, half thawed earth spreading pastels along road banks and mountain sides. With more warm days than freezing days in March, Saludians will get out more, take stock of their yards and gardens, and start planning for the growing season ahead.
Change is upon us and awakens our senses to a renewal and rebirth of nature. Even though the town of Saluda doesn't change much, Mother Nature is always changing and growing around us, challenging us to be good caretakers of its earth.

Arbor Day in NC is March 19.  Celebrate by planting a tree.  
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion in March

The Honeycutters
March 6 at 7 PM
Admission $15 Advance
$20 at the door
The Honeycutters, an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina return on March 6 @ 7:00 PM. Since 2007 when the group formed, they have been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 they were voted WNC's favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader's poll. Organically grown around the songs of lead singer Amanda Anne Platt, the band has gained an audience that has stretched far beyond their mountain home to include all corners of the United States.
Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited. The performances begins at 7 PM. The doors open at 5 PM. A limited menu of pizzas and appetizers will be available from the time the doors open until the show starts and beverages and desserts available throughout the concerts. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Discover, American Express or Master Card.
French Wine Tasting
With Thomas Meunier from Authentique Vin
Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30
Join us Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 for an evening of French wine with Thomas Meunier, from Authentique Vin. We enjoyed Thomas' wines and last visit to the Purple Onion in December of 2014 immensely and have asked him to come back to share some of the newest additions to his portfolio. Originally from France, Meunier started his wine career at Domaine Frederick Mabileau in the Loire Valley as their international sales manager. During his six years at Mabileau, working closely with a family that had made wine for four generations, Meunier was able to witness firsthand the energy, story, and love that went into the wines. He began developing a plan to start his own importing business focused on family owned wineries, making sustainably produced wines that expressed their place, their maker, and their culture. His efforts have proven an impressive showing, with sustainably produced, beautiful wines from all of the major wine regions of France.
In order to provide ample time for guests to talk with Thomas about his wines, seating will be limited so make your reservations soon. Whether a Francophile or just someone who enjoys wellmade wine, this is not one to miss. It is an excellent opportunity to buy some classic French wines, all made from organically grown grapes and unavailable on grocery store shelves. The cost for the evening will be $49 which includes a taste of seven wines and small plates chosen to pair with them. Call us at 828-749-1179 to make your reservation.

Live Music in March
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.

"I always love to hear Fayssoux sing." Emmylou Harris
Nothing more to say. I know the café will be rocking.
March 6 - The Honeycutters - (See Below)
March 10 -  Phil & Gaye Johnson
Always happy to have this Green Creek duo here.
March 12 -  One Leg Up
Gypsy jazz at its finest.
Two old friends from the early days of WNCW who helped us get music started here.
Acoustic blues and roots music.
Great storyteller and singer/songwriter.
Fabulous acoustic jazz.
March 31 - Danika & Jeb
Smooth, soulful vocals and blazing guitar from this Nashville-based duo.

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 

New Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 4-11pm
Saturday and Sunday Noon-11pm

Green River Brew Depot's March Events:
Every Wed is Open Mic Night 6-10pm 
4th Bill and Ted's Excellent Duo plays for Ladies Wine Night
6th is GRBD's Sunday Funday with Drink Specials for Everyone
12th Saluda's well loved Cave Dwellers return for another amazing night of music
17th GRBD Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a Guinness Special  
18th Oskar Blues Brewery presents Fella's Pint Night
20th Family Game Day Featuring Mimosa, Bloody Mary, and Sangria Cocktail Menu
26th GRBD brings Jonathan Robinson and John Branson to Saluda
27th Local artist, Kristen Mode leads GRBD's first Paint 'N Pour from 2-4pm. It is a 2+ hour instructional class for any level of artist. The class incudes canvas, paint, easel, brushes, and two beverages of choice. RSVP is a must and the class is limited to the first 15 participants. 
*The Green River Brew Depot is a private bar that requires a membership. Half Pint memberships are $5 and Full Pint memberships are $10 annually. Stop in the Depot today to find out more about what your membership will include!

Stay updated
on Facebook.   
Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street. 
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
dancersextension The Dancer's Extension
Students at The Dancer's Extension continue to build choreography for our Spring Concert, and this month we will also have costume week and picture day!  Dawn Merck of Sentell Photography Studio will be at The Dancer's Extension on Wednesday, March 23.  She will photograph our students and is also available to take your photograph!  Contact The Dancer's Extension to schedule a photography appointment with Dawn on March 23.
The excitement is building for the Spring Concert, scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21.  Our Spring Concert will be held at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary Auditorium.  Admission is FREE, so be sure to mark your calendars to join us!
Adult beginner ballet continues on Mondays at 6PM.  No experience or special shoes are necessary.  Drop-ins for adult ballet are welcome to join us.  This class helps build strength, flexibility and grace.  There's a spot at the barre for you!  
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

Random Arts is excitedly gearing up for a brand new season of Fashion, Fun & Creativity as we hurry into March.
On Thurs. March 3 from 1-4, multi-talented artist Miriam Hughes will start things off with her infamous Fast Easy & Fun watercolor workshop. In just 3 hours, you will create amazing works of "ready to frame" art. Only $45. Beginners encouraged & welcome.
Following up on March 11, 12 & 13, artist Jodi Ohl from Aberdeen, NC with 2 acrylic painting workshops: Heartland Homes & Single Peeps. Beginners Welcome for this one too.
Zen Doodle Dates March 1 and 15 10-Noon (No registration & NO fee).
Open in March: Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 10-5
Located "slightly off Main" at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana
Phone: (828-749-1165)
Please check our website or FaceBook page on a regular basis to find the updates on schedules, weather updates and new products.
Requests for special workshops or group events are always welcome.
You will find us slightly off Main Street @ Ozone & Louisiana 
Phone: 828-749-1165

back alley All Fool's Night & Oyster Roast at The Back Alley Barn 
A Benefit for the Saluda Historic Depot
Friday April 1, 2016, 5pm To 9pm
Tickets $25 for a Bucket of Oysters and a Beer, or Seafood Gumbo/hushuppies and a Beer.
Silent Auction
Music By: Doug & Bunny Williams and Dick Goodman from Lexington, SC
Let's Make It Fun: Come dressed as your favorite "fool" and win a prize for best costume.
Pick up tickets at Thompson's Store or reserve tickets by calling 828-749-2321. Limited tickets sold so reserve early! Read more about Doug & Bunny.Topofpage

The Back Alley Barn is behind Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.

"Better Than Ever: Past, Present, and Future"
Presented by students of Don Blackwell
Opening Reception - Friday, April 1, 5pm -7pm
Please join us for the opening reception at Isothermal Community College in Columbus, NC. Come meet the artists and enjoy the fifth annual art show of artists who have been students of Don Blackwell, now or in the past. We hope to have beautiful art, impressive carvings, delicious snacks and a few surprises. The show will be open Monday through Friday during ICC's school hours in the auditorium on campus from April 1 to April 30. (Closed in the event of a class or meeting in the conference room). (Support Saluda students who will be in this exhibit.)
Saluda Photographer Exhibits at Saluda Historic Depot in March
A new photographer launches studio and gallery in Saluda and opens his first exhibit at the Saluda Historic Depot for the month of March. Chad Blotner will exhibit original adventure action sports photography, landscapes, and cityscapes of Saluda. The exhibit will open with a reception on March 5 at 6:30pm at the depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC.
"It's an honor to have been asked to display my work in such a historic place." Chad has had a passion for adventure photography after taking a workshop in Wyoming three years ago. Having "a hankering" for  the  extreme and breathtaking sport of whitewater kayaking, he has been photographing and meeting kayakers on the Green River in beautiful Saluda, NC. Visit his website at to see his gallery and his blog about the action shots he has taken.
  The Green river is a well-known destination for whitewater kayakers in the southeast and luckily for Chad it's pretty much in his backyard. It has a lot to offer from easy class I to class IV rapids for the adrenaline junkies. There are several large rapids on the upper Green but the most photogenic is Gorilla (flume).

  When not in Saluda Chad lives in Spartanburg, SC and is on the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Photography Guild. Working as a full time electrical supervisor, Chad is gradually turning an exceptional passion for photography into a professional career with the opening of his studio and gallery at 78 E Main Street, Saluda, NC. He is also doing portraits and will take special requests. He can be reached at

50% of the proceeds from sales of Chad's work will go toward the fundraising to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot. We welcome you to visit during the open reception and meet Chad and learn more about his breath-taking photographs. 
Saluda Scoop

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

To check business open hours or updates to schedules, please visit and click on business website or Facebook page.

THE GORGE voted Best Zipline in The Blue Ridge!
We're thrilled that Saluda's very own zipline canopy tour into the Green River Gorge was voted Best Zipline in The Blue Ridge! Blue Ridge Outdoors tallied over 55,000 votes spanning 10 states - from Alabama to DC - and The Gorge landed at #1!
The team at The Gorge and Green River Adventures have some great things in store for us as they celebrate Green River Adventures 10th Annual Spring Green Bash on May 7th! Keep an eye out for more details on their Facebook pages and here in Saluda Lifestyles.

You can't miss the construction going on at the east end of Main Street as Don and Sean Mintz transform the building housing The Dressing Room, Etc., and changing the cityscape on that end of town. The Dressing Room will be moving into the center of the building next to the new Don Mintz Builders main office. The project is on target for completion by the end of March, and we will be re-opening in an all new, more spacious boutique space...just in time for all the new spring fashions.
Looking forward, Irmy 
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.   
Steamy Mug
Stop on into Steamy Mug off Church Street and enjoy our specialty blend coffees--
as well as, our seven different coffees and eight different Mighty Teas.
We also serve lunch! Every day we have a different soup as well as many unique sandwiches that are the "talk of the town."
Book your next meeting with us, a birthday party, or we even cater to your meeting place.
We are glad we have met so many of you all and hope to be meeting many more.
WIFI available.

Sun - Mon Closed
Tues-Fri 7:30am to 5pm
Sat 9am to 5pm

18 Church Street behind City Hall on the one-way street.

For more information, please email to and keep up to date with their opening on Facebook.View on Instagram  
We have lots of new and pretty things that we think you'll love and that will surely remind you that Spring is just around the corner. We have your usual favorites, Jag & Ethyl Jeans, Velvet Heart Tencel Tops, Lulu B sweaters and tops, and Parsley & Sage. We also have many more familiar brands along with a few new lines, and many beautiful scarves, and jewelry.
Please join us for our Grand Re-Opening weekend, March 11 & 12, and receive 20% off of your clothing purchase!
You might also find a treasure or two from our 50% off sales selections, so check them out as well!
We're located at 46 E Main Street, next to the Saluda Grade Cafe. In March, we're open Wednesday through Sunday.
Joann, Connie, Lily & Catherine
Our early Spring daffodils have started to bloom which is a happy announcement that Winter is on its way out, sooner rather than later. It's still nice and cozy here, with a fire burning and mountain views spanning miles in all directions. And oh so quiet and peaceful. It's a wonderful time to visit our mountain paradise.
We just completed a major renovation of our 90 year old Inn - all new energy efficient windows in every guest room. No more breezes seeping through the old glass and a much lower carbon footprint in our effort to continue to be a green leader. We also installed a custom Kohler bathroom in one of our king bedrooms upstairs in the Inn and it's gorgeous!
Our fine dining restaurant, Newman's, continues to receive high accolades from food critics far and wide. We're serving dinner every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and an incredible Brunch every Sunday. Chef Stuart has been conjuring up some truly fantastic and innovative culinary delights using the best from our local farmers.

On Sunday, March 27, we'll be serving a fabulous made to order Easter Brunch from 11-2:30. Price is $36.95 plus tax and tip. Reservations are suggested, 828-749-5471, since seating is limited. Exceptional culinary art in a most elegant setting surrounded by spectacular natural beauty!
Easter Brunch 2016
Assorted House Made Pastries & Condiments
First Course
Spring Onion & Potato Soup, Fresh Dill, Ramp Oil, Crème Fraiche
Organic Arugula, Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Pecans, Shallots, Strawberry-Champagne Vinaigrette
Second Course
House Cured Alaskan King Salmon, Goat Cheese Soufflé, English Pea Soup, Asparagus, Quail Egg
Braised Lamb Shoulder, Anson Mills Grits, Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Palatschinken-Austrian Pancakes, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream,
Poached Egg, Sausage
Seared Tuna Salad, Spring Onion, Avocado, Asparagus, Arugula, Watercress,
Fried Rice Noodles, Sesame Carrot Vinaigrette
Angus Beef Strudel with Mushroom Sauce and Organic Mixed Green Salad
Newman's Pan Seared Crab Cake, Poached Farm Eggs, English Muffin, Asparagus,
Preserved Lemon Aioli
Strawberry Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée, Whipped Cream, Short Cake Cookie Crumble
Baked Alaska, Chocolate Trés Leche Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Merengue
Coup Orchard-Homemade Basil Ice Cream, Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream,
Toasted Almonds, Merengue

Treat yourself to a most memorable fine dining experience! Call to reserve a place in our lovely dining room where every table has a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.    

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, Ward's Grill and the Boarding House Venue.

Spring is coming and we are ready!
Come in and see our new items and remember Thrifty Tuesday, 10% off $25.00 or more purchase.
March 16th St Patrick's Day, check out our specials, any item with a Green Tag will be a reduced price in honor of our Irish Friends.
Veteran's Breakfast in the Grill - March 19th. Hope to see you and a friend.
Help Wanted! We are now hiring for the Grill and Store. Drop in and complete an application and join our team.
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 
We still have our daily specials and specials weekly on some of our appetizers.  Tuesday's all draft beer and wine are $2.00 off and wine by the bottle is $4.00 off. We make at least 3 homemade soups daily. Celebrate St Patrick's Day with us and enjoy our Irish Stew with Irish Soda Bread! All drafts $2.00 off!
Easter is early this year and hopefully we will have a mild spring with our patio open for you to bring your pets to dine with you. Look for new items to be added to the menu and old favorites to return along with a Street Taco menu! 
Spring Seasonal draft beers are being tapped and the porters are moving out along with the winter! We carry 12 local drafts and a local cider! 
Happy Spring and Have a great Easter with your friends and family! As always, we are closed that 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   
Welcome March!  There is a huge collective sigh of relief from all Saluda business owners on March 1 -- we have survived another winter and are eager to see our shops busy again.  Yes, we will still see a bit of frost....maybe even a flake or two (snow, that is).  But there will be those few first glorious days of Spring when you just have to smile and have a little dance in your step. 
March at Wildflour Bakery means WEDNESDAY NIGHT PIZZA SPECIALS.....a new, exciting and delicious pizza choice every Wednesday Night (5 pm - 8 pm).  Also on WEDNESDAY PIZZA NIGHTS, for the month of March only, a free appetizer for all our dine-in guests.

Hot Cross Buns will be available for order from Wednesday, March 23 through Saturday, March 26. We also offer the best pies, cakes & cheesecakes available for your Easter Dinner. You can place your order today. 
We are now here 6 days a week (closed only on Tuesday) from 8 am - 3 pm and Wed. and Fri. nights from 5 pm - 8 pm.  Don't forget to join us on Sundays for Brunch from 10am - 3pm.
Wildflour Bakery will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday, March 27.

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
: 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
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Meanwhile's Local Market Shop!  
March Hours:
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday and Friday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday

Shopping local is important year round but especially in winter! Shop in Saluda!

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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The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast 
Who do the daffodils think they're fooling?
Only a few weeks ago, we were out picking up the sticks and branches that littered the yard and discovered the first daffodils pushing up through the baron soil. Tiny plumes of green and yellow showing strength and determination to herald the coming of spring. The daffodils know that soon they will be joined by golden forsythia and lush hosta.

As residents, we continue to appreciate the cool crisp nights and perfect sleeping weather. Eventually, the windows will open and the house will be flooded with sunshine and the fragrances of spring in the mountains.

This is a special time to visit The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and experience the birth of a season. Have innkeepers Dale and Donna assist in making arrangements for a vacation you will remember for a lifetime.
Contact us at or call 828-749-2000.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000,  
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The Carolina Cottage Guest House is currently undergoing necessary maintenance, renovations, and upgrades, but it will be ready for you by mid-May.  We've missed our guests who have stayed with us in the past, and we look forward to welcoming returning guests and first-time guests to the cottage.  We are now taking reservations for the spring and summer months.  
For more information about the cottage (or to keep up with our progress), please visit our website at, friend us on facebook, or follow us on instagram.  ***Please make note of our new e-mail address as well:

Random Arts
"Fashion Forward" is our motto for this coming year as we introduce many different lines of affordable & fashionable clothing. We individually hand pick our selections that we feel are right for all of matter what our size. You will find everything from longer, comfortable tunics to linen pants,tops & dresses. Dress it up or dress it down with our unending selection of scarves, belts, handcrafted Italian jewelry, crossbody bags, totes & more. Here, at Random Arts, is where you will find personable service with smile each and every time you visit us. We are the "Best Kept Secret in Town."
Open in March Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 10-5
Located "slightly off Main" at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana
Phone: (828-749-1165)
Saluda Train Tales- March 18 at 6:30pm
Bygone Memories of the Carolina Special

Billly Shand's great-grandfather built one of the first summer homes in Saluda. Since he was an infant, Billy Shand has spent most summers in Saluda and enjoyed visiting the depot under the watchful eye of station master, Doran Fisher.

Billy will share with the audience memories of riding the Carolina Special to and from Saluda. Telling memories of the day-to-day operations of the depot in the 60's before the building
was abandoned, he hopes other summer folks from Saluda will join in the story telling.

Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community about the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.

If there is inclement weather, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or for schedule updates. 
FoolsAll Fool's Night Entertainment
April 1, Back Alley Barn
Those attending the April 1 fund raiser benefiting the Saluda Depot will be in for a special musical treat from Doug and Bunny Williams of Chapin, South Carolina. Doug and Bunny have been entertaining audiences in South Carolina and the entire southeast for decades. Doug blends smooth vocal arrangements with a guitar and bass accompaniment to the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, the Great American songbook, beach classics, and their own compositions.
Doug and Bunny are regular performers at the Newberry Opera House and at the the Villa Tronco restaurant in Columbia each Wednesday evening. They also host jazz and bluegrass concerts at their home entertainment complex featuring National, regional, and local musicians.
Doug and Bunny will be joined on the The Back Alley Barn stage by Dick Goodwin who has wowed audiences with his Dick Goodwin Bog Band and Dick Goodwin Quintet--both Nationally, and abroad. He finds time to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra playing double bass, piano, and trumpet. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Music. Also playing with Doug and Bunny will be percussionist Tom Graham.
Doug and Bunny have produced their own recording, "Talkin' Southern," which will be available at their performance in Saluda.
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Bradley Farms

It's scary to think winter is almost over and spring will be here! On the farm, this means our "slow" season is ending and our crazy, busy season is beginning (we love it though). Spring is my favorite time on the farm because of all of the new life. We will be getting chicks in a few weeks, and Ruby and Rosie will have a "boar-friend" over soon so hopefully that means our very first piglets will be born on the farm soon! Last week, Aaron and I were out in the pasture watching a baby calf that has just been born. It amazes me how something that has only been alive for a couple of hours can walk around and the mom knows to dry it off and to start feeding it. If you haven't been out to the farm yet, the next month will be filled with new life! 
Local Farmer's Markets will start back up in April! We can't wait to start seeing everyone again. 
Here are our sales for this month:
- Beef Short Ribs $6.49 per lb 
 - Pork Fat Back $1.50 per lb 
 -Breakfast Sausage $5.99 per lb 

Summer Meat CSA 
Shares are available for our Summer Meat Share Program! This is wonderful way to buy local food at a discounted price. By signing up you will enroll in six shares (one per month)
and will be guaranteed your supply of grass fed beef, pastured pork, pastured chicken and eggs. Members of the program will also receive a discount on additional items purchased at the time of pickup.  For more information, contact the farm today at (828) 817-5233.
Please check out our new website and share it with your family and friends! Visit us at 

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

For more information, please just email us at

Thank you for the support!

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farm, 4455 Howard Gap Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.
Call for Artists Saluda Arts Festival
Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 
  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 after January 1 and linking to the arts festival page.

For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, or Wendy Hamil at

Saluda Arts Festival Music & Entertainment
In addition to the artists, we are thrilled to announce incredible musical venues. 
At the Ella Grace Mintz Stage in Top of the Grade Park of McCreery Park, Saluda. NC:
Hummingtree Band 12pm to 1:30pm
A remarkable mixture of classic songs across multiple genres including Americana, rock, bluegrass, and folk, laced with original compositions and a high energy stage presence. 
Dave Miles (upright bass, guitar), Earl Turner (guitar, harmonica) and Randy Wykoff (mandolin, octave mandolin, and harmonica) came together as the Hummingtree Band in the 1980s. The three singer/songwriters came from diverse musical backgrounds  but were able to meld their styles and create a unique sound and musical experience that pleased audiences in legendary roadhouses, such as Jackson's Station in Hodges, SC, as well as regional festivals including Belle Chere in Asheville. 
Performing across the Southeast, The Hummingtree Band has found popularity with a range of new audiences. Their unique blend of humor and musicality is entertaining, thought-provoking and big fun.
Sound Investment 2pm to 4pm
A favorite band for those who like to dance to classic rock and beach music. Sound Investment adds a new twist on tunes from the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and many more. With Rodney Gibson on keyboard and guitar, Rick Gunderson, lead guitar, Kevin Filson on bass, and Michael Leyshon playing drums, you will be on your feet!
Hog Town Squealers  11am - 2pm
Brevard's Hogtown Squealers have delighted audiences and dancers for more than twenty years with their creative exploration of old time music traditions. Their music is flavored with honkey-tonk, ragtime, and "obscure musical miscellany". Currently the band consists of Tom Anderson (fiddle, vocals), Susan Brown (fiddle), Matt Gardner (bass), John von Stein (accordion, vocals), Keith Ward (guitar), and Gary Wells (banjolyn, vocals).

In their eclectic approach to old time music, they share much of their musical attitude with the early incarnations of the Red Clay Ramblers and the Double Decker String Band. The Squealers are influenced by the early greats of recorded Southern stringband music. They cite Uncle Dave Macon, Gid Tanner, and North Carolinian Charlie Poole as influences. In the same set as a rollicking version of Uncle Dave's "Old Plank Road" and the Carter Family's "Dixie Darling" might be a Squealerized version of "Thunder Road," the Robert-Mitchum-penned theme song from the movie of the same name about moonshine bootleggers.
Over Mountain String Band
Formerly known as the Saluda Grade String Band, they are a favorite at the Saluda Arts Festival each year. This string ensemble gathers at different areas along the festival site to play historic tunes, popular in the Southern Appalachians before the days of radio. You will want to see their unique instruments and hear the history they continue to preserve.
Dancer's Extension Spring Concert
The Spring Concert is planned for 11am at Saluda Elementary School's auditorium on the day of the festival. Approximately 50 students will perform with numbers in the genres of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Admission is free.  
Children's Art Tent
Children can unlock their creativity at the "Children's Art Tent". Face painting combined with an interactive art creation will delight all. Located at the Shelter in McCreery Park.
Balloon Artist and Stilt Walker
For the enjoyment of the children and amazement of all, talented Balloon Artist, Stephanie Miles will create art out of balloons, and Stilt Walker, Ananda (Heather Springsteen) will bring a colorful array to the skyline.  

Saluda Arts Festival - Sponsorships
We sincerely thank our sponsors for their gracious contributions, which continue to support the Art culture and history in Saluda. Without these sponsorships, we would not be able to offer the same top quality, family-oriented cultural event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors who contribute funds to support the Saluda Arts Festival.
Be recognized for supporting the Arts.
If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's festival, please contribute by April 15. 

Sponsorships can be made to Saluda Business Association and mailed to PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773.  
Individual sponsorships can be made for any amount.  Business sponsorships will be recognized on a "Sponsor Banner" that will be on display during the festival. Here are business sponsorship categories: Bronze-$50, Silver-$100, Gold - $250. With contributions of $250 or more, a special banner will be made for you and placed in a highly visible area. Sponsors are also recognized in our media releases and announcements.
We promote the festival within a two to four hour driving distance of Saluda. We advertise on two NPR public broadcasting stations, electronic boards, regional trade magazines, circulated marketing literature and appear on local TV spots.
We invite you to visit and click on the Saluda Arts Festival to get more information. See what you're missing and expand your business footprint in the surrounding area.
For more information, please contact Beth Carson at
 or 828-749-1118.  
Call for Volunteers for Saluda Arts Festival
Volunteer. Have fun and Make New Friends!  We need smiling faces. Volunteering for the Saluda Arts Festival is great fun. Be a greeter or area leader, lend a hand to clean up before and after and help in the children's tent. Volunteer shifts are only two-hours. The time passes in a blink. Have some fun. Sign up today!  Contact Tangie Morgan at or 828-777-9158.
Saluda Students Win State Robotics Tournament and head for Texas for National Competition!
Egan Asbill-Beck (Saluda student & Meanwhile, Back in Saluda) and Logan Dixon (Grandson of Saluda resident Edna McKee) both members of Ashebots Robotics Team soon head for Texas and the national robotics competition!  
The Ashebots Robotics Team (Competition name: Guzzoline) is  going to San Antonio, Texas for the FIRST Robotics South Super Regional Championship (March 9-11)! Meanwhile, Back in Saluda is a proud sponsor of Ashebots and we send THANKS to everyone who has donated and purchased the Team's crafts and art from our shop!  Recently, at the NC State Competition, Ashebots was awarded First Place Winning Alliance, 2nd Place Promote Award and were finalists for the PTC Design Award, the Connect Award, and Think Award; and were especially honored to win the 1st Place Inspire Award.  
Join us in wishing the Ashebots Team good luck in the upcoming competition and congratulations on their hard work and achievements!  
Foothills Humane Society
Raise the Luck 'O the Irish
Foothills Humane Society invites all folks seeking a St. Patrick's "lucky charm" to put on your best tweeds and trot over to the shelter. Take a long gander, then a wee minute to draw a ticket out of a Leprechaun's hat and take home a wee bit 'o luck (a dog or cat). Reduced adoption fees vary according to the ticket plucked from the hat. Raise the luck of the Irish from March 14th through March 20th. All ye are welcome to call for directions and hours at 828-863-4444 or run-race down the lane in Columbus to 989 Little Mountain Road. Those with magic fingers can ponder that lucky charm by paying a wee visit to the web site at May the luck of the Irish be with each one.
Goodbye winter, Hello Spring
As Spring slowly limps in again, Foothills Humane Society invites you to usher out a dreary winter by welcoming into your lives the musical voice of a new dog or cat. Let their unconditional love and the beauty of their colors warm the dampness of these fading winter days.
During April and May, adoption fees are reduced for adult animals only. The formula for fee reduction goes like this: Divide the usual fee for an adult dog or cat by the number of colors in that animal's fur and pay the reduced fee. The shelter staff feels confident the animal adopted is the answer to calm your Spring fever.
FHS is located at 989 Little Mountain Road in Columbus, North Carolina. Current animals available can be viewed on line by going to or feel free to call for directions and hours to 828-863-4444.
Event: FHS Spring Adoption Special
Date: April through May
Time: Mon-Tues and Thurs-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5, Closed Wed
Place: Foothills Humane Society
           989 Little Mountain Road
           Columbus, NC 28139 
Adult animals only qualify for adoption fee reduction. Formula goes like this:
divide the usual adoption fee cost by the number of colors in the animal's fur and pay the reduced fee.
Let's Go to Italy and Get to Know our SISTER CITY!
Saluda has recently adopted the town of Carunchio, Italy as a Sister City.  For the past two years, groups from Saluda have joined Judy Thompson in amazing visits to this beautiful hill town.  Carunchio is in the province of Abruzzo and is located across Italy from Rome just inland about 30 minutes from the Adriatic Sea.  Labelled one fo the ten most beautiful Italian hill towns,  the village is on a chocolate drop shaped mountain with the houses streaming down the sides.  On the very top is the Palazzo Tour d Eau, a completely restored French palace built in the early 1700's.  A noble French family French came to Italy and acquired hundreds of acres to grow grapes and make wine and built this palace to oversee their holdings. 
What is so interesting is that Carunchio is a mirror of Saluda...nearly the same latitude, same number of residents, same age demographics of the population.  For the past two years, the Saludians who have travelled there have raved about the facility and its programs and its charming owner, Massimo.  Lynn Cass is attending this year as the official representative of Saluda and we will formalize the relationship between the two cities. 
This year there are two spaces that have opened up due to a last minute knee surgery and another last minute hip surgery.  The trip includes all transportation on site and  pick-up at the Rome airport and delivery back to the Rome airport after the week in Carunchio  The price includes fabulous gourmet Italian meals; unlimited red wine at meals; five fabulous excursions including the most incredible seafood meal at an historic Trabocca or fishing house on the edge  of the Adriatic, perhaps a visit to the oldest bell foundry in the world, exploration of a cheese making factory, Italian music and art experiences and an optional truffle hunting adventure with trained truffle dogs. The price is 1,750 Euros per person for a cash payment which is about $1,930 at today's exchange rate. Single rooms are 300 euros extra. You can buy this on the internet for over $4,000 so this is an incredible price. 
Judy Thompson (828-489-6578) is coordinating the trip again this year for Saluda residents, visitors and friends and has reserved the entire thirteen rooms in the palace.  Those going just for the Carunchio experience fly from Charlotte to Rome on May 7 and return to Charlotte on May 15.  Several of the travelers are going early to spend time touring in Rome and areas near Rome with a guide Judy has arranged. There are now two of the thirteen rooms available in the Palace due to these unforeseen surgeries.  If you want complete information, call Judy and she will send you details.  It is a fabulous trip several have called "the trip of a lifetime."  Come see Saluda's SISTER CITY!!
For more information or to reserve a one of the rooms, please contact Judy Thompson at 828-489-6578 or
Saluda Faces
Martha Coates Ashley

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   

Martha Coates Ashley has lived in Saluda for most of her life, and actually, makes her home in a special piece of the mountain town's history.
"My great-grandfather, Charles Estes, built the Crystal Springs Inn in the early 1900s," she said, "and it is said to have had sixteen bedrooms." That was during the inn and boarding house heyday in Saluda when the town was a thriving vacation spot for tourists from flatlands of the South. "Charles Street is named for my great-grandfather," she said.
"My husband Allen and I bought the inn years ago, long after its time as a boarding house had past. It became our home," Martha said, "and our children grew up there. The kids liked it because they could play up on the third floor and not have to worry about their parents watching them all the time."
There's a swimming pond on the property, and Martha has it drained and cleaned every winter. "So many kids in Saluda have learned to swim over there in that pond, and it's still used to this day," she said.
Another special feature of the house is the gem and rock collection upstairs, collected by her late husband and their son Eric, himself an avid rock collector. Eric continues to maintain the collection she said. "They even found a rock down near the Watershed that they couldn't identify and sent it to the Smithsonian Institution. They were allowed to name it and called it 'angle plated quartz.'"
Although Allen's work in commercial construction required him to travel, the town remained home for the Ashley family. "He'd commute to the different jobs," she said, "then come home on weekends. He worked on a number of high-rise projects, including the Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson University."
Allen, like Martha, grew up in Saluda, and they knew each other before she attended Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. "Except for my first teaching job in Yadkinville, and the short time Allen and I lived away, we always lived in Saluda. We just didn't want to live any place else." She continued her career in education in Saluda and Columbus, teaching for more than three decades. "I still see some of my former students around," she said. "They'll say, 'Don't you remember me?' and I'll have to ask them their names. It's been long, long ago when they were kids. Now they're grown with children and some even have grandchildren of their own.
"There are a lot of memories of growing up in Saluda," she said, "but one of my favorites was when we were out searching for chinquapins--probably in the fifth grade--when we saw this endless ribbon of butterflies flying across the mountain. They were low enough that we could see the black, yellow and orange colors. They were monarchs, and what a sight that was. They just kept coming. They weren't that high above our heads and we had a clear picture of them."
Martha and Allen passed along their love of the mountains and outdoors to all three children, Eric and Becky who live in Saluda, and Myra who lives in Woodruff, South Carolina.
"I remember when the kids wanted to ski," Martha said, "so we ordered skis from Sears and Roebuck. We trained here around the house before we went up to the ski slopes at Beech and Sugar."
Hiking and walking have been important outdoor activities for Martha, but now in her late eighties, she has had to slow down. However, when the zip line opened on the Green River Gorge, Martha took the ride down--something many younger people won't try. "It was a lot of fun," she said, with a twinkle in her eyes. It was nice to see that area from that perspective."
Community service has been important to Martha's family, with her father John Coates, Jr. having been a past mayor of Saluda, and her own service on the town planning board. She has also been a long-time member of the Saluda Women's Club.                        
By Ken Webb
Historic Saluda

Film Premiere: Saturday, June 4, 2016!
Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions
Finally, the date has been set for the debut of our much anticipated oral history film documentary, "Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions," which features a full cast of Saluda characters! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. so that you don't miss out on this great event. Join us at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda for an exciting evening spent celebrating Saluda's musical heritage. DVDs will be on sale!
The old saying is, "You can't go home again." But, maybe you can. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda. The HSC has enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda's rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present. Sure to delight, these recollections include tales of the old time square dances, shape note singing, legendary fiddle makers and players, the influence of the railroad, a ragtime pianist, gospel greats, ballad singers, musical miracles, African-American history, Coon Dog Day, a famous baritone crooner and more. Rolling into the present day, we feature contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts, and some of today's great music venues, including a visit to Studio B at Western NC's famed radio station WNCW. This film will not only appeal to Saluda's people, but to folks from all walks of life who appreciate good stories, music and history, especially from a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. By the way, who says you can't go home again! We are proud to say that this film is partially supported by the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund, the City of Saluda and WNCW, a media sponsor. Stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page.
Support the film and have your name in the film credits!
Lend your support by becoming a film sponsor and your name will be included in the film credits. Open to both businesses and individuals. Click here to access a sponsorship/donation form. All proceeds go toward future projects!
Use Social Media to Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee uses social media. Like our Facebook 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 present day. Click here to go to our page. We're also on YouTube. Oral histories or other videos are uploaded often. Go here to find us. Or you may simply search for Historic Saluda NC on either social media platform. Our website is always a source of enjoyment, so visit
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.
Want to serve? We encourage you to attend our meetings to see if this is YOUR cup of tea. The Historic Saluda Committee meets the second Friday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2016, 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
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


Pisgah Chapter of Trout Fly Fishing School
Have you ever wanted to learn something truly special for this area?  The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.
Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams. The combination of the classroom instruction and on-the-water guided practice makes this one of the most unique and economical fly fishing schools available in our area.
The cost of the school (which includes lunch on Saturday, the 18th) is $125 for adults and $75 for students (ages 12 to 18).  Equipment for the class will also be provided.  For more information and to download registration for the school, please visit the PCTU website at  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended. Deadline for registering is April 11.
All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina.
Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.
I Remember Saluda, a Story Telling
by Charles O Hearon, Jr.

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

Big Ears
When growing up you might have had big ears and been embarrassed by them or somebody may have told you, "You got big ears," if they caught you snoopin' around listening to something that wasn't your business. But I'll tell you about a place we used to go and you were really blessed to have big ears.
Up on the long ridge of Tryon Mountain that runs up from Howard Gap up past Mrs. Rix's house and up towards Tryon Peak, if you climb up far enough, you'll be on the top of a rock cliff. There were some wind torn oak trees up there that had acorns almost as big as a ping-pong ball. We used to fill our pockets with them just because they were pretty - toted them home like we did river rocks. Well when you got up there, you had to look out for snakes and when you found a safe, dry place, you'd all sit down and be as quiet as possible and start listening.
It was plumb fascinating at what all you could hear riding up the side of that mountain on the air. What I remember we heard most was roosters crowing, cows balling, and screen doors banging, and cars humming, and way over about Tryon the train whistle blowing. You could hear people talking, the voices were loud enough that you could tell children playing from adults talking, and some time you could tell an exact word that was said, but you couldn't tell what people were talking about.
You heard a lot of dogs barking and a horse or mule neighing or braying and you couldn't tell what a lot of sounds were. We'd sit there on those rocks, pockets full of shiny acorns and a warm breeze singing in the knarled old trees, with big ears on, and listened and looked out over the world and wished we could fly just like that old buzzard we were looking down on as he glided along the edge of the mountain rising and falling with the up-draft, and turning in big circles way out over Pacolet Valley. Progress and 1-26 killed the charm of Howard's Gap, and all you could hear now from up there where we used to sit would be diesel's whining and the brakes a squalling and smell the stink of the exhaust fumes and brake drums burning.
The old buzzard may still be there but I know there ain't no kids 'a watchin'.

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