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May 2016  
 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Train Tales
Brown Bag
McCreery Park Clean Up
Saluda Yard Sale
City Notes
Historic Saluda
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Tree City USA
Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Social Singles
Coon Dog Day is Coming
CDD Big Wheel Racing
CDD Parade
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library
One Book, One Community
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Annual Calendar of Events
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
GRA Spring Bash
Glass Art Comes to Saluda
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival Music & Entertainment
SAF Sponsors
SAF Volunteers
Saluda Art Legends
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Streetscapes
Mainline Sunday Concerts
Top of the Grade Concerts
Pearson's Falls Guided Tours
Saluda Faces
Saluda Streets
Saluda Classifieds
Sponsors
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
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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 beverly-hanks.com to view featured listings.) 

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

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

Discover your paradise and uncover nature's treasures in this summer retreat surrounded by hardwood forest, bold streams, and waterfalls.Listen to rushing waterfalls while relaxing on screened porches.On cool evenings, cozy around a crackling fire & share days adventures. Kids bunkhouse (552SF) with bath is great for visiting friends.3BR, 2.5BA, office with closet, 37 acres, MLS#3167733 $490,000
 
Great mountain retreat with beautiful and picturesque views of a pasture, barn and at times with horses. Split floor plan with modern kitchen & dining area. Detached garage for space for a studio or workshop. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#3165771, $230,000
Rare Twin Waterfall Storybook Cottage beside your very own rushing waterfall along with a mini sliding rock, several foot bridges over the streams and gazebo.  4BR, 3BA, Media Room, MLS#3164628, $569,000
 
Your mini-farm is waiting for you. Beautiful farm-style home with a rocking chair front porch, out-buildings, pasture, fruit trees, berries, a potting shed, workshop and more nestled on almost three acres of peaceful countryside. 5BR, 3BA, MLS#3163330, $289,000
 
 
Mountain cabin in the woods in mature development in a natural park like setting with trails and wildlife all around. Master is on main level along with all living and laundry area. Space in basement for storage. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#3162622 $240,000

 
This newly remodeled bungalow is located in historic Saluda,walkable to Main Street.All new kitchen with solid surface counters, stainless steel appliances. All hardwood floors and many improvements..2BR, 2BA, MLS# 3158970, $238,000

Fabulous home and location!  Enjoy peace and quiet, in this privately located south facing home, just a 2 block walk to downtown. The home has so much character and attention to detail.  It's a real find. Yard is low maintenance. $295,000


Nestled in the woods, find peace in this quality, custom built mountain cabin with large windows, wood floors & walls. Adventure is out your back door! Close to the Green River for fishing, boating, swimming & hiking on miles of trails. 2BR, 1.5BA, MLS#3154128, $190,000

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
Start a home or retire to the mountains in this easy to take care of home within a mile of historic downtown Saluda. Traditional solid built bungalow in established neighborhood. 3BR, 1.5BA, MLS# 3147395, $135,000

 
Enjoy the peaceful setting of Whites Lake from the covered porch and the wooded backdrop. Ample room for a home office, work-out room, workshop, hobby room and more. 3BR, 3BA, 3040 SF, 2-car garage, 2.19 ac, MLS#3160071,$345,000
 
Darling cottage along beautiful creekfront within walking distance to downtown Saluda! Cottage boasts cedar shake siding, open floor plan, exposed beams, updated kitchen, and cedar closet. 1BR, 1BA, MLS#3155485, $135,000
 
    

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

Featured Properties 
 
 
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, $339,000. 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, $275,000  
   


    
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. 4BR, 4BA, approx.,.1.09 ac MLS#3168166 offered at $378,000
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 Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
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  Click here to see all Featured Home Listings

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Just Can't Find the Perfect Mountain  Home? Then Build It!

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, $49,900, MLS#569729    
 
Lake Lots
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $65,000, MLS#510462
Lake Hosea, .34 ac MLS#558685 $25,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705
MLS#543247, $118,000
 
Saluda City Lots
.46 ac, MLS#3151228, $73,500
1.74 ac on Henderson St., MLS#569914, $90,000 
56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000 
23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000
.61 ac Commercial, MLS#3140603, $12,500
 
Piney Mountain

3.07 ac, MLS#589931, $38,000

1.65 Ac views,adj NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643  
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
See all the way to the ocean! 3 ac, MLS#561322 $59,900
.87 ac, level and rolling, MLS#566466, $38,400
 2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 
 
More...
23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000
1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
2.01 ac, MLS#593461, $21,000 
4.89 ac. MLS#588641, $42,000 
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
View Lot, 1.87 ac, $40,000, Hideaway Acres MLS#455196
Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $21,900, MLS#474915
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
 
Large Acreage
135+acres, views, creek, building sites, roads in, MLS#3150335, $948,570
10 Acres, MLS#3148496, $125,000
21.4 ac, MLS#3148326
, $122,000
51.83 ac unrestricted land, $310,000, MLS#567003 
 
Other Areas
3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $29,500
1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $28,000
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 April 30, 2016). 

 

Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2016       17         7                   

Homes 2015       13         0       

 

Land 2016          5           3                               

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
Mainline Sunday Concerts, May 1, 4pm to 6pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreey Park.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30pm at the meeting room in the Saluda Library.
 
Saluda Community Land Trust meets Wednesday, May 4 at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church office.

Saluda Tailgate Market, every Friday, 4:30 to 6:30. 
 
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 May 13 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
 
Women's Club will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

Top of the Grade Concerts, May 13, 7pm to 9pm, Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.

Saluda Garden Club meets Monday, May 16 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Train Tales
, Saluda Historic Depot, May 20, 6:30pm.

Saluda Arts Festival, Downtown Main Street, Saturday, May 21, 10am to 4pm.
 
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, May 30 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.
 
The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 5:30pm on 4th Thursday of the month in the Saluda Community Library.
 
Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.  
 
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
 
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.

Saluda Tailgate Market
tailgate
Saluda Tailgate Market Opens for 2016 Season
May- October Fridays, 4:30-6:30
 
It's here! It's May! That beautiful month we've all been waiting for. Flowers bloom and leaves unfurl so fast you could watch it happen if you could sit still long enough. But don't sit on Friday afternoons. Grab your basket, don your hat and make your way down the new sidewalk on West Main to the Saluda Tailgate market. Welcome in the first spring produce, greet your friends and neighbors, and hug your farmers. They have been planning through the winter and working their soil through the early spring cold days in anticipation of your visit to the market. Come see what they have to offer and celebrate spring with us. Make your shopping list and plan to pick up some starter plants for your own garden. Opening day is Friday May 6. See you at the market!
 
The Saluda Tailgate Market 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 or visit Saluda Tailgate.com.
Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Hours are Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4pm.
   
Thanks for all of your support as we begin our second year of opening the depot. Please continue to support our Saluda Historic Depot as we plan with the Historic Saluda Committee to design our museum.

In May, we will receive a Saluda Grade diorama built by the Apple Valley Train Model Club in Hendersonville.  This will be a Z scale  model that will show the Saluda Grade coming into Saluda. This diorama has been funded and donated to the depot by Dr. Fred McConnel from Atlanta, GA.  
 
Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal on the HistoricSaluda.org website. Click here.

When online shopping, we invite you to shop at SmileAmazon.com 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 Needed!
The Saluda Historic Depot is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4pm. Now that Spring is here, more visitors are arriving in Saluda daily. The Depot has some phenomenal displays plus souvenirs to purchase, all of which makes the depot extra busy.

We need YOU for a  2 hr shift from noon to 2pm, or, the 2-4pm shift. Plus, we need back up volunteers who can fill in when needed.

It's a fun opportunity to learn and share the history of the Saluda Grade and the Depot that was built in 1903.

Please contact me by email anitaomoore@gmail.com or my cell 404-626-2090. You can also talk with Judy Ward at Thompson's Store 828-749-2321.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Anita Ogden Moore
Volunteer Coordinator

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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 Recycled 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 19 (noon to 4 PM),
Friday May 20 (noon to 4 PM), or
Saturday May 21 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.

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Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
 May

May 7, 6:30pm, Depot Art Exhibit Opening Reception for Saluda Art Legends-Past & Present. Will run through mid June.
May 20, 5:30pm, Major Donor Reception Debuting the Saluda Grade Z-scale Diorama followed by Saluda Train Tales #6 with Matt Bumgarner, 7:00pm.
May 21, First Annual Depot Train Challenge, 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 entry will receive the title of Depot Train. The winners will receive a local fun pack of adventure activities to celebrate their victory.

 June/July

June 3, Low Country Boil at the Back Alley Barn with DJ Jeff Foster and the best of Beach Music sponsored by the Green River Brew Depot
July 1
, 7:00pm, Opening Reception for the "How the West Was Won" historic display followed by Saluda Train Tales #7, TBD.
July and August
- "How the West Was Won: Trains & Transformation," exhibit on loan from the Mars Hill Rural Heritage Museum.

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Go for gold, silver, or bronze as a recognized corporate champion of The Saluda Historic Depot.
 
Click here to download the Sponsorship Package and learn more about the opportunities for participating. 
Saluda Train Tales-May 20, 7pm
Saluda: From Top to Bottom by Matthew Bumgarner

Matt Bumgarner is an award-winning writer and the regional publisher of Tarheel Press dedicated to profiling the history of North Carolina. His books combine an in-depth approach with a readable style of regional heritage, railroad history, or the Civil War. Matt published Saluda: From Top to Bottom in November, 2015.
 
He will present the research and stories behind the book which is the first major publication on the grade and railroad in more than thirty years and goes deeper than any previous work. He will describe his exploration of the early history of the railroad's formation, debunks the myths surrounding early engineering staffs and feats, and places the construction of the line in the context of railroad expansion in the era.

Along the way, the author examines in detail the sacrifices of convict labor (while paying homage to the specific men who died building the railroad), the rise of tourism in Western North Carolina, and the transformation of the railroad industry over the course of the last 150 years.

This volume is the definitive work on the history of the Saluda grade and the A&S Railroad. It will be essential to any student of railroading history, local heritage, and fans of the Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern. The books will be available for purchase.

Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community of 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.  

 
For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or
judyward@charter.net or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or cathy@saludalifestyles.com. 
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
 
Brown Bags Available May 20, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
 
The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.
 
Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.

McCreery Park Clean Up


May 7 at McCreery Park
Clean-up & Bathroom Painting 9-11am
Learn about changes made to
Park Master Plan at 3pm
The revised master plan will be presented to BOC on Monday May 9.
Learn about the changes and show your support at the BOC meeting!
Sponsored by Saluda Parks Committee
Saluda Yard Sale
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 7:00 A.M. Until 3:00 P.M.
Set Up available at: Saluda School Tennis Courts, Top of the Grade Park, Under Pavilion In McCreery Park, or in your own yard.
 
To Reserve a free space, request a sign, or for more information, call 828-749-3789.
CityCity Notes


Help Pave Pace Park

More pavers have been laid in Pace Park.  Give an engraved brick in honor of your mother for Mother's Day this year.  Bricks are only $40
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, or scan to carnc@charter.net. Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms.

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.
 
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or carnc@charter.net.  

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Stay informed by visiting the city website,
cityofsaludanc.com. Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email admin@cityofsaludanc.com and ask to be placed on the email list.
 
Historic Saluda


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Film Premiere: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Party Place & Event Center! Put in on your calendar--you don't want to miss this premiere to see Saluda's full cast of characters and musical heritage.
 
Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions 
 
Square Dances at Saluda School Gym Photo courtesy of Nancy Barnett
 
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!
 
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!

A Special Thanks to Rob Morse!
Lately, we've all been enjoying some great black and white images from the 1960's on the HSC Facebook page. To give credit where credit is due, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank Robert "Rob" Morse, who grew up in Saluda, right off Hwy 176, a little ways down the Saluda Grade. His father, John M. "Jack" Morse, Jr. was the president of the Saluda Mountaineers Association. When Jack passed away, Rob was left with a collection of photos that were in a file cabinet of Jack's. These photos were taken by a photographer from the Spartanburg Herald who spent some time in Saluda. The name Bob Smeltzer, Greenville-Piedmont, is on the back of many of the photos. Rob and his wife made a generous decision to donate these 68 high quality black and white photographs that give us a unique glimpse back in time during a very special era of Saluda, the 1960's. We created a Facebook album and will continue to post many of these images for you to enjoy since it's Rob's wish that we all enjoy them! The original photos are now in an archive quality notebook and stored safely in our archive room.

Use Social Media to Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
Visit us and "Like" us on Facebook and YouTube!  Visit our website for oral histories, vintage photographs, and more. 
 
Available Merchandise:
  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3
  • Images of America: Saluda, published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)
Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects.
 
Meetings
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, May 13, 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 historicsaluda.org or contact us at historicsaluda@gmail.com.Want to view some of the oral histories collected? The HSC also has a YouTube page, so click here or go to youtube.com/user/HistoricSaludaNC
 
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle,
Chair, Historic Saluda Committee  
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 May calendar.  For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 

Ray Pague will be the featured artist at the Center the last week of May through June. There will be a reception for the artist on Thurs., May 26 at 6pm. All are invited to attend.
 
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet Thurs., May 5 at 2pm to discuss The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles's assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
 
Social Singles of Saluda will NOT be meeting at the Center again until July 16. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.
 
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., May 30 at 6:00 pm. Plan to attend and bring a covered dish.

Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained SHIIP volunteer, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245. 
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 saludacenter@hotmail.com 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
Free Swim Lessons at Twin Lakes
Take advantage of this great opportunity to teach the children in your life to swim. A grant from the Polk County Community Foundation has provided the funds to employ qualified swimming instructors with innovative swimming techniques that will have your child swimming and comfortable in the water in two weeks. For children 10 months to 13 years, more information can be had at aquachild.com. Details forth coming in the June newsletter. SCLT will also continue Community Swim Wednesdays at Twin Lakes this summer. Stay tuned !
 
Walks in the Woods
May 1 Missing 40  This will will be a 1 mile loop of moderate walking 1-2 hours. Water shoes recommended. The trailhead is located on Pearson Falls Road just above the new concrete bridge over the North Pacolet River. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly, and has several easy water crossings.
 
May 15 Tryon Lakes Historic Water Supply  This will be 1-2 mile moderate to strenuous excursion up to the lake above the Twin Bridges and railroad track to a protected property harboring endangered wildflowers.
 
Walkers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2:00pm. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora and fauna of the area as they lead each walk. Prepare for the walks with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack. Feel free to bring your field guides and a camera. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide. For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or chearon@skyrunner.net
 
Redesigned Website
Along with an engaging program given by Doug Elliot, the 9th SCLT annual meeting was the presentation by Laurel Isaacs of Asheville who had just completed revamping the SCLT website. Thanks to her hard work and many extra volunteer hours, SCLT now has an informative, helpful source to keep all informed of upcoming activities and projects. Users will particularly appreciate that there are calendars to find out if Twin Lakes is available for reserving and where the Walks in the Woods are going, along with any current updates of volunteer opportunities. Check us out at saludaclt.org!
 
Join us for our SCLT Monthly Board Meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, this month May 4th, at 3:00 pm 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. Don't forget that Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak are available for being reserved for your special events.
 

Contact our office at 828-749-1560 or info@saludaclt.org for information.
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
Saluda Garden Club, May 16 Meeting And Field Trip
The Saluda Garden Club will be visiting Appalachian Tropicals in Fairview on Monday, May 16. This is a great resource for orchids and many varieties of air plants. Please meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library by 10 a.m. where we will car pool for the 40 minute drive to Fairview.
 
As always, our meetings are open to the public and are free. If you would like further information about the club or this field trip, please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.
Please note some events may be cancelled or reschedule due to weather or at the request of the presenter. To confirm a meeting please call Karen McGee at 749-2530. We always welcome new members so if you would like to become part of this friendly, spirited and interesting group, please contact Karen. Dues are only $25 per year and meetings are held once a month.   Hope to see you in May.
Tree City USA-Saluda
Ahh-the end of April. Skies are blue, the sun is warming the earth between spurts of lingering cold and we're watching each day for rosy buds and new green leaves to cover the bare limbs of winter.

The Saluda Tree City group is looking forward to getting started on an exciting list of activities and goals. Among these are:
Nancy Barnett has marked the spot where an "Appalachian Snow" native dogwood will be planted. The location is near the bridge, over the railroad tracks on Irwin Street. Nancy obtained the tree in recognition of the N.C. Arbor Day on March 18.

Don Clapp suggested a community participation event by Saluda's Tree City during the fall leaf season, members agreed.

Saluda's tree city will participate in planning activities on trees for Saluda's after-school children's group.

Our Tree City is planning participation in Saluda's Arts Festival on May 21.

We look forward to raising the Tree City flag proclaiming Saluda's membership in the national organization. The flag was presented to the Saluda branch by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Saluda's Tree City meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month, upstairs at Saluda Community Library at 5:30pm. Visitors are welcome.

Submitted by Ruth Anderson
Women's Club of Saluda
The Saluda Women's Club will meet on May 10 at 10 am in the fellowship hall at the Presbyterian Church.  The program will be presented by Rita Harvey who operates the Mill Spring Farm Store.  The emphasis will be on buying and eating locally grown produce.
 
The business part of the meeting will cover further details about the Arts' Festival hog dog sale and the results of the work of the scholarship committee.
 
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.
Saluda Social Singles
Healthy Lifestyle Program By Dr. Randy Tryon, Thursday, May 19, 6pm
 
Dr. Randy Tryon will be presenting on Thursday, May 19, 6pm, the 3rd of his 4 monthly Healthy Lifestyle Programs on Hypertension at the Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship Room at 961 Upward Road.
 
A complimentary dinner is always served but reservations are necessary as this event is open to the public. Please contact Anita Moore by email anitaomoore@gmail.com or Anita Summey at 828-749-9781.
 
If you would like to carpool, meet at the Saluda Center at 5:30pm; or, join us there.
 
The last of the 4 topics will be held on Thursday, June 16 on Arthritis.
Coon Dog Day is Coming!
Saluda's 53rd Annual Coon Dog Day Festival is Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  You may register for the 5K Race/Fun Walk on imATHLETE.com.  The Registration Form is also on the City's website, website. The Race/Fun Walk map of the route, which begins and ends in downtown Saluda this year is found here. 
 
 

Other forms and information including the Vendor Application Packet, the Sponsorship Packet, and the Parade Entry Participation Form are all found on the city's website for your convenience.

The City of Saluda will not offer any designated parking for businesses, citizens, or visitors on Coon Dog Day as it has in the past.  The City's West Parking Lot will be reserved for Vendors.  Nor will the City offer any type of trolley service to Festival attendees.

Saluda's Main Street will be clo
sed to all traffic from midnight on Friday, July 8, until midnight on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Henderson Street and Seminary Street onto Ozone Drive will be used for parade line up.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Coon Dog Day Festival and/or the 5K Race/Fun Walk, please contact Tangie Morgan at 828 777-9158 or email at ctangie@rsnet.org.
CDD Big Wheel Racing!
There is a new, fun, and exciting type of event gaining popularity all over the U.S.  No, it's not a Presidential debate!
 
It's Big Wheel Racing!  Yes, you read that right!  The toy all of us remember being raced by fun-loving adults, usually for a cause.  After all, growing up is overrated!
 
Thousands of people visit Saluda NC each year for Coon Dog Day.  This year's events will include our 1st Annual Big Dog Big Wheel Race.  Proceeds will help build ADA accessible restrooms in Pace Park. 
 
Why not take a couple of hours out of your day to feel like a child again?  The course will be a single-run, all-out madness, downhill joy ride!  We are looking for people who like to do goofy stuff and have a good time!  Bring your own big wheel and come have a ball!
 
There will be a race for young'uns, and a race for wannabe young'uns!  Feel free to enhance your ride, but no motors (even though gas is cheaper now)!  For the average adult the stock big wheel is very difficult to ride. Feel free to bring duct tape for your own field repairs!
 
Along with modified big wheels, we encourage modified personalities.  Feel free to dress up!
 
The Big Wheel Race will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. during the Coon Dog Day Festival.  Please pre-register.  Entry fee for adult race is $10.00.  Kid's race is free.  Prizes will be awarded.  Click here to download rules and info.  Click here to download waiver. 
 
Please call Jessica at Saluda City Hall for more information at 828-749-2581. 
Coon Dog Day Parade

Yoga, Akido, Tribalbelly Class Schedules

Soulshine Yoga
Core/Flow Yoga  Mondays  8:30am, Fridays  8:30a.m.
Your Yoga  Mondays 6:30p.m.
Foundational Yoga  Tuesdays  9:30am, Thursdays  9:30a.m.
Restorative/Yin Yoga  Thursdays  6pm
Chair Yoga  Wednesdays  11am
Kid's Yoga  Saturdays  10am

All levels welcome.
Drop in class $12.  3-class pass $30.
 
Please visit our studio at 144 West Hwy 176 or SoulshineYogaNC.com for an up-to-date schedule.

Contact Dori Ray at 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395 for more information.

Click here to read more about Dori. 
 
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Health and Wellness at the Saluda Center

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT

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.
 
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AIKIDO 合気道 
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 6:00 PM and Wednesdays 6:30 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.
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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. For more information: Rima 828-894-2242, rimomdancestonight@gmail.com
 
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St.
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. 

Saludas Dill named Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Incoming Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron H. Greene announced Thursday that Ronette Dill has been selected as the district's next Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Dill, principal of Saluda Elementary School since 2005, will fill the position currently held by Greene when he officially becomes Polk County Schools' superintendent on August 1, replacing William J. Miller, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

"We are pleased to announce Ronette Dill will be joining our central office staff as the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Polk County Schools," Greene said.

"Mrs. Dill has been a proven, dedicated and respected educator serving students and families in Polk County for many years. We are excited Mrs. Dill will bring her experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to this new role." Greene said the process to select a new principal for Saluda Elementary will begin immediately.
 
Dill has been part of Polk County Schools since 1991, when she joined the staff at Saluda Elementary as a first grade teacher. She later taught middle school mathematics in Saluda before becoming the elementary school's principal.
 
Dill was named the Western Region Principal of the Year in 2009 and led Saluda Elementary to a National Blue Ribbon School award in 2012 and High Performance School Recognition in 2014-2015.
 
"It has been an honor to serve the Saluda community as teacher and principal over the past 25 years," Dill said. "The tremendous support provided by fellow educators, parents and community members has created within me a strong belief that positive relationships within a school community can create an environment where all students flourish.
"In my new role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, my primary goal will be to work collaboratively with school-level administrators and teachers to help ensure every Polk County student has the opportunity to participate in meaningful, high-quality academic experiences, which will prepare them for a successful future."
 
A graduate of Mars Hill College who received her master's degree and educational specialist's degree from Converse College, Dill holds professional educator licenses in K-6 Elementary Education, Middle Grades Mathematics (6-9), Principal (K-12) and Curriculum Instructional Specialist.

"I am grateful for this opportunity and am deeply committed to working with Polk County's Board of Education and Mr. Greene as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our students in Polk County," Dill said.
 
Article Authored by Andy Rhinehart for Polk County Schools and originally appearing on www.polkstudents.com.
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School Events
A busy and successful school year is coming quickly to a close.  As of May 1, there are only 28.5 days of school remaining.  National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3.  I encourage each of you to take the time to thank a teacher in your life for the contributions he/she made or is making in the lives of people like you!   
 
The community has been so supportive of our "One Book, One Community" project and we are all looking forward to the performance scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm in the school auditorium.  If you haven't had a chance to read the book, The One and Only Ivan, you are welcome to drop by the school secretary's office and borrow one of our copies.
 
The C4C continues to support our After School Academy students in so many positive ways!  During the months of March and April, C4C volunteers gave 94 hours of their time to read with ASA students. Also, these special community members have presented very interesting information to our ASA students:  David Paris (pottery hearts), Archie Hardy (Banjo Man), Debbie Kirby (TDBank), Bob Ross (golf), Hal Green (India Adventure), Don Clapp & Patty Martin ( Belize Adventure), and Don Clapp & Nancy Barnett (Tree City).  
 
If you have any Box Tops to donate to the school, please send them in by May 20 for our last submission of this school year.  Please continue to save Box Tops over the summer because the school receives $0.10 for every Box Top we collect.  Money from Box Tops submissions is used for the school's Books Are Really Fun program, where every PreK-5 student chooses 4 free books to take home each school year.
 
We are still registering children for our 2016-17 PreK and Kindergarten classes.  Please call 828-749-5571 for more information about how to register a child for PreK or Kindergarten.   
 
         May 2016 Calendar of Events
May 2-6     Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3        National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 2-20   mClass Reading 3D EOY Benchmark Assessments
May 2-20    Classworks EOY Benchmark Assessments
May 4        Walk/Bike to School Day
May 5        Kindergarten to walk to Saluda Community Library for Storytime
May 6        Saluda and Sunny View 5th Grade Field Trip to PCHS Farm and PCMS
May 9        School Board Training and Meeting at Stearns
May 11        10:00am  Meeting with C4C volunteers & presenters in the auditorium
May 11    "The One and Only Ivan" community & choir performance  6:30pm in the auditorium
May 13        Supporting Polk County's Relay for Life---Jeans Day for Faculty & Staff; Hat Day for Students
May 16-20    C4C volunteers invited to eat lunch with After School Academy students
May 17        Interim Reports
May 19        Kindergarten to walk to Saluda Community Library for Storytime
May 20        Regular School Day
May 21        Saluda Arts Festival
May 26        PreK-5 School Field Trip to Camp Wayfarer
May 26        Last day for After School Academy
May 30        HOLIDAY---No school
May 31        Hendersonville READS Recognition Night at Blue Ridge Mall

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!

MAY 
5/5: Cupcake Wars  
5/12: Nintendo Wii U  
5/19: Minute to Win It Extravaganza  
5/26: Nintendo Wii U
 
EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY ARE ALWAYS FREE!
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
 
One Book, One Community
Saluda Elementary School is partnering with our local Community 4 Children (C4C) program and our Saluda Library to bring our community together through reading. Our local C4C already has 20 volunteers working with our school's after school program. Saluda School has provided a book to each child. C4C is trying to get everyone in the community to read it, too. Our hope is that we will build stronger readers and a stronger community when we read together.
 
The book is "The One and Only Ivan" and is described like this on Amazon:
Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
 
We will celebrate by reading together in our homes, at school and anywhere else in our communities. A couple of book clubs have already read and discussed this book. On Tuesday May 10, we'll have a scavenger hunt with clues and The Saluda Welcome Table invites everyone to come to a free Welcome Table dinner from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the pavilion above the park. It'll be a great opportunity to talk about a wonderful book over dinner with people from our community. On Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., middle school youth will present an inspiring drama about the book and be accompanied by the Saluda Community Choir. Some middle school youth have been working with our Saluda Library in an after school project to develop this drama. We're still working on a field trip possibility, so keep your eyes peeled for more info.
 
You can get a copy of the book ($6) at the Saluda Welcome Table on Tuesdays at the Saluda United Methodist Church between 5:30 and 6:45pm.

By Rob Parsons 
Saluda Church Services & Events

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 
The Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson, rector 
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I 9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
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Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
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Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
828-749-3231
Email:  fbcsaluda@tds.net
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Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to roberto305@mac.com.

Saluda 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

 

Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921

 

Annual Calendar of Events
APRIL
Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday each month (April - October)
MAY
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)
JULY
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.
SEPTEMBER
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September 12, 2015
NOVEMBER
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
DECEMBER
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
Small Business Saturday - 2nd Saturday in December

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

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

 

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

 

In Full Bloom
Saluda comes alive in May. The town will be in full bloom with flowers, art, music and people.

Saluda's summer folks will return this month and open up summer homes closed up during the winter. 

Green River Adventures will launch the outdoor season with their Spring Bash followed by Top of the Grade Concerts that start in May.  A new Sunday concert will start in May.

Every Friday, greet your neighbors and friends at the Saluda Tailgate Market that opens in May and support local growers and farmers.

The crown jewel of May is the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21.  Artists from all over will set up their tents and display a wide range of fine arts and crafts. Festival goers can enjoy music from Nostalgia Courtyard to the bridge. Celebrating Saluda artists past and present, the Saluda Historic Depot will exhibit works from more than 15 artists.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy, and of course, there's always bench sitting on Main Street. 
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion in May
 

 
NEW HOURS
Open 7 Days a Week Beginning May 1
Monday - Saturday
11:00 - 2:30 Full Lunch Menu
2:30 - 5 Pizza & Beverages on the Patio
5:00 - 9 Full Dinner Menu
Sunday Brunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
May 5 - Bruce Piephoff
Writing, performing, and recording folk and blues as well as poetry since 1969.
May 7 -  The Bad Popes
Hailing from Greenville, SC, The Bad Popes play a unique blend of rock, country and western swing.
May 12 -  New 5 Cents Band
High energy bluegrass from Western NC.
May 14 -  David Childers & the Serpents
"David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive." Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers.
May 19 - Jon Shain
A veteran singer-songwriter combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, ragtime and some fiery acoustic guitar work.
May 21 -The Secret Band
Soulful brand of rock 'n' roll from this Spartanburg-based band. 
Great jazz from Greenville, South Carolina.
May 28 - Stolen Hearts
American Blues, Southern Soul & Roots music.

Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.

Sol Driven Train
Sunday, June 5 
7:00 PM
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 PM. The doors open at 5:00 PM. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This is a limited seating show. Pizza and appetizers will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.  

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

GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT
New Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 4-11pm
Saturday and Sunday: Noon-11pm

Join us at Green River Brew Depot for live music, weekly drink specials, and events led by local talent. We offer 14 rotating taps and over 50 bottle beers along with an assortment of wines.
 
Summer hours begin June 1, open daily from 11am to 11 pm. 

*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 saludagradecafe.com or on Facebook.
 
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at saludagrade@hotmail.com.  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
Beach and Shagging in Saluda
June 3, 6pm to 10pm 
Beach and Shag Night in Saluda at the Back Alley Barn to Benefit the Saluda Historic Depot.
Music by DJ: Jeff Foster, Silent Auction and a Low Country Boil. 
$20 Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance. Reservations can be made at 828-749-2321.
Low Country Boil served, beginning at 6pm, and music and dancing, 7pm to 10pm.
Beer & Wine cash bar.

dancersextension The Dancer's Extension 
Please join us for our sixth annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 21 at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary School Auditorium.  Our dance concert is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival, and admission is free.  Our students have worked hard all year to prepare a fun and entertaining show that you won't want to miss. 
 
Registrations are being accepted for summer dance camps and for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Please contact the studio for more information and to register.
 
Adult beginner ballet will be held each Monday evening at 6PM, except for Memorial Day (no class on Memorial Day).  Beginner ballet is open to any adult who wants to move, stretch, balance and enjoy dancing!

Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email smonts@charter.net or visit our website at thedancers-ext.com for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook


American Impressionist Society
Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has received "Signature Membership" status in the American Impressionist Society. Signature members are members who have been accepted into three AIS National Juried Exhibitions and who have completed three consecutive years as an Associate Member.
 
AIS Signature Members "represent the highest  quality of American Impressionist art produced today." A Signature Member may use the letters "AIS" after his/her signature on paintings and other material.
 
Jim is also a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America.
 
Jim's next Saluda workshop is titled "Painting in the Studio/Brushwork Boot Camp," on Sept. 22-24. This workshop will concentrate on achieving spontaneous and bold brushwork and will provide a good environment to learn the basics of contemporary impressionist painting.
 
For more information, email jimcarson151@gmail.com , call 828-749-3702, or visit jimcarson.net.
 
Artist 2 Artist
Once upon a time a group of artists would gather each month for breakfast in a Saluda studio for some good conversation, information sharing and friendship.....and of course.....coffee. When the studio closed, so did the connections. If you are a local artist in any medium, please come to the initiation of Artist 2 Artist monthly breakfast, Wed. June 1, 9:00 a.m. at the Steamy Mug in downtown Saluda. There's no agenda and no one will ask you to join a committee or take on a project. We just want to meet and share our love of creativity. If you have questions, please call Susan Cannon 937-623-1998.
 
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

Bill Jameson Workshop Dates: 5/12/2016 - 5/14/2016
This workshop consists of 3 painting days in and around this charming village situated in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Saluda's "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the Spring foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting.
 
The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants.

The price of the workshop is $375 and includes 18 hours of instruction and critiques. We'll have a "get acquainted" party. We'll lunch ("Dutch") each day at one of Saluda's delightful cafes. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send your enrollment form with deposit as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made privately and immediately as Spring is the begining of "the season" in the mountains.

All participants must provide their own transportation to the painting sites, but we will assist in setting up car-pools. We will gather each day at exactly 8:30am in the studio for a talk and demonstrations. We will conclude at 3:30pm each day, leaving time for shopping or siesta before your evening plans. In event of inclement weather, we will paint in my studio in Saluda.
The area is home to outstanding golf facilities and there are opportunities for fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, river rafting and antique shopping.

Contact: Bill Jameson, Email: billjameson0593@gmail.com, Phone: 828.749.3101

Come Paint Taos with Bill Jameson
September 12-16, 2016
Please join us for 5 days of painting in and around Taos, NM. The architecture and dramatic western landscapes provide amazing subjects for painters.
 
Taos has a long history as a draw for artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams and writer D.H.Lawrence. There will be 30 hours of plein air painting with demonstrations daily, one-on-one instruction and critiques. Open for beginners to advanced painters with instruction in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. You may work in any or all media.
                            
We will be staying at the historic Sagebrush Inn with its wonderful "cowboy" theme. There is entertainment in the evening so be sure and bring your hat and boots! We have negotiated a special rate that includes breakfast and I will tell you more when you sign up.
 
This workshop is limited to 15 painters so please enroll as soon as possible. And September is a popular time to visit this scenic area so you will need to make travel arrangements immediately. There is airline service to Albuquerque, NM and it is about 2 ½ hours from Taos. If you want to start your trip early, you can stop in Santa Fe along the way.

For more information, please visit website or call Bill at 843-729-0593. 
 
TFAC Presents Free Planet Radio Concert
Join World Music trio Free Planet Radio in concert at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. Tryon, NC on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00pm. For over a decade River, Eliot and Chris have brought their exciting and innovative world-jazz-classical music blend to both concert stages and classrooms. For this concert, Chris will play a very special guitar, handmade by Lichty Guitars in Tryon, NC, which generously donated this exquisite instrument for the annual Lichty guitar raffle for LEAF Community Arts. The band will be joined on stage by Tom Boots, a WNC visual artist, who will put brush to canvas as he creates a painting to the music.  Tickets are available online and at the TFAC box office (Tuesday-Friday, 10-4:00 828.859.8322), $10 Student, $18 advance, $20 at the door and VIP for $30. VIP tickets include: seating in the first four rows and a complimentary CD.

Everyone is invited to a grand opening/open house on Saturday, May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be served. 78 East Main Street, Saluda, NC.
Green River Adventures Spring Bash & A Celebration of 10 Years with a benefit for SCLT
 
Green River Adventures is celebrating 10 YEARS with a benefit for the Saluda Community Land Trust! The event that's become known as "Saluda's Favorite Block Party" is happening on Saturday, May 7. Trips start as early as 8:30am and the party downtown starts at 5:00pm.
 
GRA wants to thank the Saluda community for being so amazing over the past 9 years and are excited to give back! They are donating 50% of the proceeds from the day's trips to SCLT - so book a trip, have a blast, drink a beer and enjoy some awesome live music while supporting this awesome organization.

Oskar Blues Brewery is supplying the suds, and they've got TWO bands this year! Saluda celeb, Aaron Burdett kicks off the party and then Travers Brothership brings the soulful blues-rock-funk-jazz to downtown Saluda.

This event is made possible by three awesome sponsors: Prestige Subaru, WNCW 88.7, and Oskar Blues Brewery. Here's a detailed schedule of events. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation. 
Food will be available for purchase provided by Manna Cabanna, bringing chef-driven, locally sourced, organic street food to the party! NC Trout and Pulled Pork Tacos are the main attraction with loads of vegetarian options.

Event Schedule:
8:30am Upper Green River Adventure
9:00am Waterfall Rappel
1:00pm Lower Green River Adventure
2:00pm Lower Green River Adventure
**all trips are half day adventures**
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5:00pm Oskar Blues starts pouring
5:00pm Aaron Burdett starts the show
7:00pm Travers Brothership takes the stage

For more information, 828.749.2590 or visit  
Glass Art Comes to Saluda
Saturday, May 21
For the past year a team of young student artists and experienced local artists from various backgrounds have been working on three major fused glass wall installations for public buildings in Saluda. The Polk County Appearance Committee and Friends of Saluda have supported the material cost of the project, while the group's effort has all been volunteered. Without previous glass experience, the team of six collectively put in over 300 hours of studio time to fabricate glass art to be hung in Saluda City Hall, Saluda Police Station and the Saluda Library. Polk County High School Senior Art students selected and created the designs which vividly express the history and environ of Saluda.

The project team, led by glass artist Susan Cannon, Saluda Moon Glass Studio, includes students Caelum McCall, Logan Bates, Jericho Thomas, Polk County High School art teacher Jeff Thomas, clay artist Susie (Welsh) Hearn, and jewelry artist, Suzanne Warrick.
 
A huge thanks goes out to the Saluda Downtown Foundation, Mayor Fred Baisden, Commissioner Carolyn Ashburn, the Saluda City Commission, City Manager Jon Cannon, Polk County, Public Works staff Kevin Queen and Eugene Orr and Ruth Anderson of the Old Chicken House for their continuous support of this project.
 
Please join us at noon at City Hall during the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21 to meet the artistic team and unveiling of the art! 
13th Annual Saluda Arts Festival
The historic town of Saluda, NC will soon blossom with artists at its 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival. Rich in its Arts culture and music heritage, Saluda, NC celebrates this anticipated annual event, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Over 80 artists will showcase their work on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in historic downtown Main Street in Saluda from 10am-4pm. Festival goers will enjoy the work of regional artists and craftspeople, lively and award winning music, the Children's Art Tent, art and craft demonstrators, and delicious food from local restaurants. Free event and rain or shine! 
 
"As a grassroots Arts festival, we started with only 18 vendors and have now grown to more than 85 to 90 artists and artisans. Art enthusiasts, visitors, and tri-state residents continue to support our cultural history, and we are delighted to open our hearts and history to all ages. To be immersed in mountain culture among the most creative artists with the backdrop of incredibly talented musicians and culinary brilliance is a must for everyone to experience. The festival is designed to welcome all ages, whether the outing bonds family, connects music enthusiasts, or allows serious collectors to find new, favorite pieces," says Wendy Hamil, Saluda Arts Festival volunteer.
 
Every facet of the Arts is represented including paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, leather goods, and more. This year's event will include the incredibly popular Children's Tent, performing artists, and amazing food. Award winning musicians will cover an array of genres and add flavor to the day. The Hummingbird Band, Sound Investment, Hogtown Squealers, Over Mountain String Band, and Debbie C and the B's will bring the streets alive. In addition, Saluda's own Dancer's Extension will hold their spring concert at Saluda Elementary School at 11 am, performing an array of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance.
 
The Saluda Business Association organizes the event each year with the help of a special team of dedicated people, the CORE (Creative, Organized, Responsible, Enthusiastic). All proceeds from the event go to support the Saluda Farmer's Market, Historic Downtown Christmas lighting, additional benches for visitors to enjoy on Main Street, and other civic projects to preserve the balance of growth and historical venues. Funding comes from sponsorships from individuals and businesses coupled with grants graciously contributed to fund music and entertainment for the event. Saluda citizens love this festival day and the whole community turns out each year to enjoy the variety of art and music.

Visit saluda.com for map and list of participating artists.
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Saluda Arts Festival Music & Entertainment
In addition to the artists, we are thrilled to announce incredible musical and entertainment. 
 
Around Town 
Debbie C and the B's - 10-12 porch of Beverly-Hanks office
Debbie and Irv Camacho are some of Saluda's own musical favorites and perform regularly at the Saluda Grade and the Green River Brew Depot.  Debbie writes songs that she performs playing on keyboard, and husband, Irv, plays the drums with Dorrie McKinley on acoustic guitar. They also sing popular and Americana music.

Pistol Hill - 10:00-11:30 porch of Saluda Historic Depot
Pistol Hill is a newly formed group from Shelby, NC. The band is comprised of singer/songwriter John Branson, singer Marie Lynn and singer/songwriter Beau Williams. The trio enjoys covering a multitude of legendary artists and genres, ranging from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and John Prine, to today's artists including Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Cody Canada, and Tom Petty. Branson has written over 400 songs and the trio has begun writing and recording together, hoping to begin touring regionally next year. Check their schedules on Facebook.
 
Hog Town Squealers  11am - 2pm roaming around town 
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 Band - 11:30 to 2 under the trees on Irwin St. 
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.    
 
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 (bass, guitar), Earl Turner (guitar) 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. After only three years, major life changes forced an unexpected hiatus for the band. Then, after 23 years and various relocations, the band realized they lived close enough to get together again for weekend jam sessions. These sessions soon turned into a "Reunion Tour."
 
Now, performing regularly across the Southeast, The Hummingtree Band has found popularity again. Their unique blend of humor and musicality is something you'll want to see!
 
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!
 
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 Community fund Grant from PCCF 
Music and entertainment for the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival is graciously funded through a Saluda Community Fund grant from the Polk County Community Foundation
 
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Saluda Arts Festival Sponsors 2016
saf Without sponsors, we would not be able to offer the same quality event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors that invest in the arts in Saluda and that support the art culture and history of Saluda.
  
This year we would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors of the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival.

Platinum
RiverStreet Communications
Entegra Bank
 
Gold
Affordable Golf Cart of Saluda Sales & Rentals
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Lynn Casey and Howard Troxler
In Memory of Barbara Seiler
Heartwood Gallery
Purple Onion
Pam and Clark Thompson
Bryan Easler Toyota
Don Mintz Builder
Lynne and Ralph Jenkins
 
Silver
Sassafras
Beth and Jim Carson
Charles Street Garden
Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot
Mary Jane and David LaFave
Lynn and Mike Cass
Feagan Law Firm
Green River Barbeque
Salamander
Barbara and Scott Cardais
Amy and Angelo Zollo
Essential Elements and Body Work
Hendersonville Board of Realtors
 
Bronze
Georgia and Steve Herring
Rhonda Corley

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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 ctangie@rsnet.org or 828-777-9158.
Saluda Art Legends - Past & Present
 
In recognition and celebration of the art community in Saluda during the month of May, the Saluda Historic Depot will present Saluda Art Legends-Past & Present in the Saluda Historic Depot.

More than 17 artists living and passed will be represented in an exhibit in the depot with an opening reception May 7, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Some of the work exhibited will be for sale and some will be on loan from family members. 50% of the proceeds from sales will go toward the purchase of the depot and creation of a heritage and train museum.

Participating Artists are:
Joe Adams, folk art collection 
Bonnie Bardos, paintings 
Jim Carson, plein air paintings     
Judith Cheney, scenes of Saluda, Hendersonville 
Mark Gardener, wood work             
Marguerite Hankins, oil paintings        
Charles Hearon, landscapes 
Bill Jameson, landscapes  
Anne Jameson, country sides 
Sylvia Jones, scenes of Saluda  
Paul Koenen, watercolors 
Dale McEntire, paintings  
Ray Pague, painting of Saluda 
Beverly Pickard, variety of Saluda scenes             
Bill Ryan, watercolors      
Bunny Steffen. flora and stills  
Johnny Waddill, colorful watercolors

Saluda Historic Depot is at 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.   For more information, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or
cathy@saludalifestyles.com.

Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.  
 
 
Everyone is invited to a grand opening/open house on Saturday, May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be served. 78 East Main Street, Saluda, NC.

salamander Happy Anniversary, Salamander!  We opened our doors on May 15, 2004.  As we begin our lucky 13th year, we're still having fun  - and we're still married!

Stop in and check out our newest offerings of American handcraft and fine fair trade art.   Need a new basket for the tailgate market?   We just got in a new shipment of these colorful, hard-working baskets made of elephant grass.  Need a good book to read on the porch?  We are your local bookstore and we can order virtually anything in print (just like Amazon).  Cynthia researches every book and reads most before they go on the shelf.  It's a carefully curated, ever-changing collection which garners daily praise from avid readers.

Are you looking for child-safe American-made toys?  We've got them!  Crazy wonderful stuffed animals (we're talking wooly mammoths and hippos etc) and all sorts of vehicles made of recycled milk jugs (oh, a tea set, too).  And for those picky eaters, construction vehicle utensils (you must see to believe).

Of course, we continue to feature our distinctive, eclectic mix of home and garden art -- including rugs, Haitian metal art, and functional pottery (have you ever used a bacon cooker?).   New scarves, handbags and jewelry pop up every day.

Time spent in Salamander is more than shopping -it's a relaxing and uplifting experience.  Come share some time with us.

Salamander is at 7 West Main Street.  828-749-3466. Check our hours by calling.  We will be open 7 days a week again sometime soon.
 


Thanks to all of my customers and friends who certainly contributed to a great first month opening for the season in my wonderful new boutique! Most all of the new spring and summer collections are here. Great name brands like Chalet, Habitat, Color Me Cotton, and many others. I am very proud that most of my clothing is made in the USA. 

Don't forget that The Dressing Room, Etc. is a great place for your Mother's Day shopping! 
 
Visit my new website to see our line of clothing, keep up with what's going on and early specials announcements. 
Like us on Facebook 
Looking forward, Irmy 
 
THE DRESSING ROOM ETC., located at 137 East Main Street in Saluda.  Phone is 828-749-9555.

The Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl is here again! Every shop will have something extra special and we're no exception. We're opening up for extended weekend hours, featuring special edition items only available at the 2016 YC, and we're so excited to see friends and Crawlers.
 
May Classes
Cushy Cabled Reversible Scarf or Loop
Entrelac Basics
Call (828)749-3640,
or visit us at kniticality.com to register
 
May Events
2016 WNC Yarn Crawl! - May 5-8
Yarn Crawl Hours
Thursday 9-8
Friday 9-7
Saturday 9-7
Sun 1-6 
wncyarncrawl.com for more info

Knitting Potluck - May 19, 5-8pm
Master Knitters Study Hall - Thursdays
Friday Crochet Labs
 
Call (828)749-3640 or visit us online at kniticality.com for more information!
Find us on Facebook.
 
Sassafras is bursting with beautiful and colorful clothing this month, just in time for the warmer weather that will soon be upon us!  Come in and check out our lovely Linen selections, along with customer favorite LuluB light weight cotton sweaters and our ever popular Pull On Jag Jeans.  We also have scarves galore to spice up any outfit.  You'll be glad you stopped in!     
 
Beginning in May, we're open 7 days. Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm, Friday 11am - 6pm, Sunday Noon - 4pm. Call us at 828-749-2379.    

Joann, Connie, Lily & Catherine

We're located at 46 E Main Street, next to the Saluda Grade Cafe. In March, we're open Wednesday through Sunday.
 
  
 
Perched on a hilltop above Saluda with stunning views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, the air is a bit crisper and cooler up here. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm, so come up for a relaxing night or two away from reality, or just for a nice glass of wine and/or a romantic dinner for 2. All are welcome at our little piece of paradise.
 
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. He's also been on a mission this Spring planting our own 3,000 sq. ft. organic vegetable garden in the true spirit of "farm to table".  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.
 
Mother's Day Brunch is one of our most popular events and is sure to be a wonderful way to let your Mother (or wife) know you love her. We'll be serving from 11-3:30. The menu is absolutely fabulous:
 
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday May 8, 2016
First Course
Strawberry & Basil Gazpacho, Truffle Crème Fraîche, Basil Cracker  or
Baby Spinach, Arugula, Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Pine Nuts, Strawberry-Rhubarb Vinaigrette  or  Strawberry Membrillo, Toasted Brie, Violet Gelé, Pecan & Oat Crumble, Lavash
Second Course
Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Twice Baked-Goat Cheese Soufflé, Morels, Fried Quail Egg, Asparagus, Pea Coulis  or  Spinach Stuffed Chicken Ballotine, Lemon Thyme Crepes, Goat Cheese, Roasted Mushrooms, Asparagus, Chicken Jus  or  Brioche Pan Perdu, Vanilla Bean Custard, Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Sausage, Poached Egg  or  Angus Beef Strudel, Parsnip Purée, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Porcini Mushroom Jus  or  Newman's Crab Cakes, Poached Egg, Asparagus & Polenta Terrine, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Radish Aioli or  Roasted Duck Confit, English Pea & Poached Fingerling Potato Salad, Asparagus, Radish, Quail Egg
Dessert Course
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Rhubarb Whipped Cream or Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, Vanilla Custard, Strawberries, Toasted Meringue oCoconut Panna Cotta, Pineapple Gelé, Whipped Cream, Toasted Coconut, Candied Pineapple
$39.95 plus 20% gratuity and tax  

 
For reservations call 828-749-5471. 
Visit the Orchard Inn at orchardinn.com. They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 
thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)
 
Thompson Store, Ward's Grill and the Boarding House Venue.
 
Stop by Thompson's Store and meet Jeff in our Market.  He and his wife, Pam, just moved to our area and he has many years of experience in meat cutting in his family-owned business in Jacksonville, NC.  We are so glad to have him and Pam in our business.

New in the store are more Amish, gluten free and local products. We are working to bring more to the community.  We are now open every Sunday 11 to 4.

Ward's Grill is pleased to introduce you to Pam, Kathy, Sheila and Lisa, our staff.  Come in and meet the new ladies and have a hot breakfast or the best of lunch.  Samantha is always serving up something new and delicious for our customers.    
Our newest change is the name change of the upstairs Boarding House Venue to "Lola's Celebration Venue."  Miss Lola gave so much to this business and the community, and we wanted to honor her in a special way.  She would talk about the dances that the town would have and how much fun they were to the town.  We now invite you and your family to come and have an event upstairs and know she would enjoy the fun with you.

 
Remember Veteran's Free Breakfast May 20, 8am to 11am. Invite a friend and bring them to the grill. 
 
Shop Small and Shop Local!
 
Hours 
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm;
Ward's Grill, open Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm, Saturday, 6:30am to 3pm.
Sunday, 11am to 4pm
 
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 
New Spring Menu!

We have added a Power Veggie Asian Slaw to our side orders! It is made with 7 power veggies including kale, broccoli, and root veggies in a healthy Asian dressing!
 
We have put old favorites back on the menu such as fresh shucked corn, Black Eye Pea Salad, Vidalia Sweet Onion Slaw, to name a few.  Smoked Turkey Salad is back also!
Our street tacos are a big hit with us smoking our local trout! We added our Famous Jelly Jar Banana Pudding and now have a Jelly Jar Oreo chocolate delight! 
 
We have 14 local craft draft beers on tap! Wicked Weed, River Rats, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, French Broad, Highland Brewery, and Hi Wire are just a few of our offerings!
 
We have the patio open and it stays full on these beautiful spring days and nights! Bring your pets; they are always welcome!
 
Our Daily Specials have changed so come give them a try!
 
We give a Hearty Welcome to all the artists that turn out for the Saluda Arts Festival! Your quality work brings great art and craft fans to our wonderful area!

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    
We are ready for beautiful warm, sunny May days.  A cup of Leopard Forest coffee and a scone in the courtyard, pizza on the porch in the evening or brunch under our beautiful, new arbor on a Sunday.
 
Check out the new additions to the summer menu.
 
Enjoy Mother's Day with a special brunch to honor all those incredible folks of all ages who have been there for us when we needed it most!  What an honor it is to celebrate every one of you!  "To the world, you may be one person - but to one person, you may be the world!"
 
Of course we will be here so you can rest, relax, refresh and refuel as you enjoy a full day of art and music on Saturday, May 21 -- The Saluda Arts Festival!
 
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.
 
Monday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &  
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
 
qr codes
Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at
wildflourbakerync.com for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
 
 
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda Local Market 
Submitted by Mary Ann Asbill of Meanwhile, Back in Saluda

May Hours:
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday and Friday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday
    
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
Concert Series
We woke this morning to the performance of a lifetime. Seems our feathered friends are inspired by the first days of spring and have taken to singing about it.

Just outside our patio door, I heard the tiniest voices calling out . . . and like an old Cab Calloway recording, another bird would answer. Singing a melody he learned from his parents, he would broadcast his crooning message to be answered by another voice, echoing the exact call. I understand they refer to it as "call and response" - a mating ritual or a means of protecting one's territory.
 
From my vantage point, I searched the woods behind The Oaks Bed and Breakfast to locate this mini-virtuoso, only to realize that the vibrant plumage that had filled the trees, virtually overnight, provided him a private venue for his performance.

It is difficult to effectively describe the sights, sounds and scents that spring brings to these mountains. Won't you please experience this for yourself, or share it with another?

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is primped, polished and prepared for you spring/summer visit. Simply call us at 828-749-2000 or take a virtual tour of this beautiful Victorian Inn at theoaksbeandbreakfast.com.
 
The concert continues! We'll be looking for you!

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000, theoaksbedandbreakfast.com  
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Crust & Kettle Eatery and more.....
Crust & Kettle is open and lots of new stuff coming up for May. Stop by and meet the new staff. Dinner 5-8pm on May 2. Make reservations now. 
 
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Monday - Saturday, 7am-3pm
Home Cooking menu
Local Artists, Crafters, Gifts and more
 
Now serving on Outside Porch where we are Pet friendly. We also have a pet walking area in back. Water and treats served.
 
Call ahead for box lunches or catering.

For more information, please call 828-749-3503. Located at 1487 Ozone, Saluda, NC.
 
Not only is Aaron Burdett an award-winning songwriter and singer, he also builds top quality custom crafted homes at reasonable rates. Saluda born and raised, Aaron knows how to build on any terrain and builds certified green homes, Energy Star rated homes, and conventionally constructed homes with a special emphasis on energy saving technologies and techniques. His company, Solstice, is also highly experienced in extensive remodeling of older homes, light commercial work and additions. Give him a call and visit his website at
828-290-9596
Aaron Burdett, Contractor


 
Just in case you haven't heard yet....
Random Arts & Apparel has an amazing selection of Women's clothing - from casual chic to lightweight cotton beach wear to packable travel pants, and mix & matching styles that are flattering and comfy for all body types.
 
Everyone there is friendly, as well as helpful, and they always greet you with a warm & genuine smile.
 
On the porch you will find an ongoing "Sale" rack filled with up to date, in-style clothing that's always marked up to 50% off. Such a bargain!
 
Inside you'll find colorful cotton tunics, unique Italian jewelry, fashion forward hand bags, trendy socks and the most perfect linen separates you will see anywhere.
 
If you check out their "google" search, you can see the entire shop, from the whimsical and fun exterior to every inch of the interior. Stop by and see us next time you are in Saluda. You will be quite surprised at what's inside this unique little shop.
 
"Women of Any Age that want to have Fun with Fashion"
 
Happily Located "Slightly Off Main Street" (SOMS) at the corner of Louisiana & Ozone.
 
Phone: 828-749-1165
Random Arts & Apparel
481 Louisiana Ave
Saluda, NC 28773
 
We love the quantity of life that Spring brings to the farm. The brooder is full of singing chicks, the hens are producing beautiful eggs, the cows are being rotated throughout tender green pastures, and the pigs are chowing down on the new shoots and sprigs that are popping up. One thing that separates us from other farms is the quantity of life here, and you can really see and feel it this time of year. It is amazing to see how our land is being regenerated by this life and the symbiotic relationships that we promote.

We are excited that we will have pastured chicken available at the end of May. If you would like to reserve whole or cut-up chicken, please let us know and we will be sure to reserve your order.
 
After a long wait, we introduced laying hens onto our farm. These girls will help fertilize, sterilize, and keep our pastures and soils healthy, all while enjoying sunshine, fresh air, and green grass (and providing us with the most delicious eggs that you can get!) Be sure to pick up a dozen or more from the farm or at the local market!

Here are our sales for this month:
- Bratwurst Links $7.99 per lb 
 -Breakfast Sausage $5.99 per lb 
     
Please go check out our website and share it with your family and friends!  
bradleyfarmsnc.com
Aaron and Nicole Bradley 
Farmer/Owner 
Bradley Farms
828.817.5233

Dixie Belle's Kool Koncessions - Food Truck comes to Saluda
Rob and Shirley Chamberlain, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, announce the opening of their new business in Saluda, NC. Dixie Belle's Kool Koncessions (named for family dog, Dixie Belle), a food trailer, will offer a variety of "street eats and sweet treats" in Saluda, as well as support several WNC charitable organizations.  Some of the sweet treats offered are New Orleans style sno-cones. The menu will change from time to time, depending on the time of year and the venue.  
 
Shirley has always had her hand in food businesses and has worked with grants that assist people with job training and employment opportunities in the culinary field. Rob, a retired New Orleans police sergeant, has always had the dream of owning a sno-cone business. Together, the Chamberlains are making their dreams come true, and at the same time, are helping people in need. According to the Chamberlain's, "we would like to think of this endeavor as a concession trailer with a cause, whether it be our cause or yours."
 
To connect with the community, the Chamberlain's have partnered with Carol Lynn Jackson who operates the Community Kitchen in Tryon.  This partnership will allow year round connections to local sustainable farm fresh produce and will support their youth group by purchasing items made by the group while connecting the group with training and employment opportunities. The Chamberlain's feel fortunate to have met Doris LaFever, who owns the Crust and Kettle Eatery, where their commissary will be located at 1487 Ozone Dr.
 
Both Rob and Shirley are very passionate about supporting the troops in the military.  Shirley wants the first fundraiser to be for a foundation that serves veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Stay tuned for more details about this fundraiser on their Facebook page (under construction).  
 
This summer, Dixie Belle's Kool Koncessions will provide lots of good things to eat and Kool treats to keep you refreshed while tubing down the Green River at the Wilderness Cove Tubing Company.
 
We invite you to be a part of the grand opening of Dixie Belle's Kool Koncessions.
Meet the Chamberlains and Miss Dixie Belle. Enjoy some great street eats and sweet treats at the Crust and Kettle on Friday, May 20 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, (see address above). For more information, call Rob or Shirley @ 828.749.3121.  It's Kool to be Kind!   
Saluda Downtown Foundation launches SSS Save Saluda Streetscape
 
The Saluda Downtown Foundation has decided to focus on one major project this year--Saluda's downtown streetscape.  "The City of Saluda  is developing a master streetscape and lighting plan to improve and repair the downtown sidewalks and lighting with limited budgets and grants. We feel that making our sidewalks safe and attractive should be a primary goal to meet our NC Small Town Main Street  Four-Point Approach, Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality," says Lynn Cass, Chairperson for the Saluda Downtown Foundation. 
 
Save Saluda Streetscapes (SSS) is the campaign name and will launch with a series of Sunday afternoon outdoor concerts throughout the summer and early fall funded by contributing business sponsors.  The concerts will be held at the Top of the Grade Park on the Ella Grace Mintz stage.  Donations received at these concerts will go into the SSS fund for sidewalk improvements.     

In addition to the concerts, look for "Mr. Pit" in front of businesses on Main Street.  Named after the famous railroad engineer, Pitt Ballew, who survived a major train crash on the Saluda Grade and came up with the idea of the "safety tracks," Mr. Pit will be carrying a lantern that will hold donations that will go into the streetscape fund.  "The engineering design of the Saluda Grade safety tracks became what is now used on interstate highways as "runaway" ramps. Mr. Pit Ballew found a way to make the Saluda Grade safer and that is our goal for Saluda's downtown sidewalks," says Lynn.
 
For more information about Save Saluda Streetscapes, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or Irmy Chmielewski at irmyski@gmail.com.
Mainline Sunday Concerts
Top of The Grade Park Presents
Mainline Sunday Concerts at the
 Ella Grace Mintz Stage
4pm To 6pm
 The Saluda Downtown Foundation is launching a series of Sunday afternoon concerts to benefit the "Save Saluda Streetscape" project.  Proceeds from your donations will contribute to improving Saluda's streets and sidewalks.
 
Sunday Concert Schedule
May 1 - Super 60's
June 5 - Sound Investment
July 3 - Soul Vision
August 7 - One Leg Up
Sept 4 - Sound Investment
October 2 - Super 60's
 
No alcoholic beverages.  Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic, and cooler and enjoy music in the park on a Sunday afternoon.  Rain or shine event.  If rain, concerts may move to pavilion.
 
For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or judyward@charter.net   
Top of the Grade Concerts
Launches 2016 Season May 13
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Top of the Grade Concerts at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda begins its 2016 season on Friday, May 13 with five concerts planned this year. This is going to be an exciting concert series with some favorite performers returning and an introduction to some new and fun musical talent. Concert dates are synchronized with the Summer Tracks concerts in Rogers Park in Tryon so there will be live music in Polk County all summer and you won't miss any of the fun.
 
All performances will be held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.
 
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. No food will be available at the park, but all of Saluda's delicious restaurants will be open serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.
 
May 13 - Dogwhistle, fun traditional and country-western and swing band that includes Scott Allen from Saluda, NC. 
June 10 - The Secret Band , rock & roll, 70s and 80s and originals
July 8 - Scoot Pittman, along with his power trio will rock up in the pavilion the night before Coon Dog Day
August 12 - Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals, Americana, new swing, fun stuff
Sept 2 - Aaron Burdett Band, a great finale for the 2016 season.
 
Top of the Grade concerts are coordinated by the Saluda Downtown Foundation and funding for the Friday night concerts has been through a community grant from Polk County Community Foundation. All concerts are free to the public through a Free Community Events grant.
 
Top of the Grade Concerts are being produced and coordinated by Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions this year. Peter has been producing the Summer Tracks concert series in Tryon for 17 years.
 
For more information about the concerts, please contact Peter at petereisenbrown@me.com, 828-290-4316 or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or cathy@saludalifestyles.com.

Pearson's Falls Guided Tours in May
Learn about Edible and Medicinal Plants at
Pearson's Falls

On Monday, May 2, Dan Whitten will lead a guided walk pointing out edible and medicinal plants in Pearson's Falls Glen. Whitten is a naturalist living in the Spartanburg County since 1980. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. Recently retired, he began to renew his study of nature by taking the Upstate Master Naturalist Class in 2008 and the Catawba Master Naturalist Class in 2010, and the Low country Master Naturalist class in 2016. He became a SC state certified naturalist in 2014. He serves on the boards of the SC Native Plant Society, Foothills Trail Conference, Friends of Jocassee, and the Tyger River Foundation. Dan presently serves as the president of the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society. He works part time with Spartanburg County Parks leading outdoor recreation outings as well as part time with SC Parks teaching forest ecology at Table Rock State Park for the Discover Carolina program.
 
All guided walks begin at 10:15 and end at 12:00. The group will meet in the Garden House near the gate for an initial presentation by the speaker who will then lead a guided walk along the trail to the falls. Please be on time. Bring pen or pencil and notebook. A fee is charged.

Pearson's Falls Docent Guided Tour on May 8
To help celebrate Mother's Day, the Pearson's Falls Docents will give a free guided nature walk on Sunday May 8 at Pearson's Falls Glen. The Docents will station themselves along the trail from 1 - 3 pm and be available to point out interesting plants, insects, and natural features as hikers make their way up the ¼ mile trail along Colt's Creek to the 90' waterfall. We hope families will bring a picnic and come enjoy a relaxing afternoon outside in the woods. Right now wildflowers such as Clinton's Lily, Dutchman's breeches, Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, Foamflower, Wild Ginger, Canada Violets, and Fairy-wand are blooming and easy to see from the trail. There are many benches and picnic tables along the ¼ mile trail to the Falls. We hope you will come enjoy a picnic lunch as well as a hike.

The Pearson's Falls Docents are Annie Ewing, Lucy Brannon, Bob Tobey, Linda Eiserloh, Marion Crounse, and Jackie Burke. There is an admission fee to Pearson's Falls & Glen. The Docent Guided talks are free.

All proceeds go directly to trail maintenance. Space is limited, so register now. To participate in this walk call the Pearson's Falls gatehouse and make a reservation. The number is 828-749-3031. Or email pearsonsfallsinfo@gmail.com. For more information about wildflower walks and Pearson's Falls go to our web site at pearsonsfalls.org and download the schedule of events.

Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC. Take Highway 176 N from Tryon about 4 miles. Watch for signs for the turn to Pearson's Falls on your left.

Or drive to Saluda on I-26 West and take the Saluda exit. Turn left on Ozone Drive and drive toward Saluda. At the intersection of Ozone Drive and Hwy 176 turn left. Follow 176 S down the mountain about 3 miles. Watch for signs on the right for the turn to Pearson's Falls.
 
Submitted by Lucy Brannon
Saluda Faces
Carey Pace, Whittler

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email info@saludalifestyles.com.   
 
Cary Pace is a whittler, and as he tells it, with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, "You name it, and I'll try to whittle it out. I like to whittle birds, and I like my Christmas ornaments and fishing lures, but the animals may be my favorite."
 
Over the years, Cary's work has gotten smaller and smaller--literally. "It's just kind of evolved into the little tiny things," he said, holding pieces in his hand that almost require a magnifying glass to see the detail. He whittles animals, birds, feathers, ships in little bottles, and trains--to mention a few--that are just fractions of an inch in size. "They're all done with this little knife," he said. "I do most of my work sitting right here on the couch," he explained. It's there that he is surrounded by bags and boxes of completed work and work in progress.
 
"I've worked with a lot of different kinds of wood," Cary said, "but, for the last few years, I've done more with pine, cedar and mahogany."
 
Cary spends most of his time these days whittling custom items and building up his inventory for two big shows--the NC Mountain State Fair at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center in Fletcher in September and the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh in October.
 
"I'm a member of the 'Village of Yesteryear,' and we present our work at the fair in Raleigh every year," he said. "There are about a hundred members--all by invitation only--who demonstrate their arts and crafts during the fair. My wife Rebecca and I even dress in period costumes." Cary wears leather britches, a leather shirt, and a fur cap, which he made.
 
"People ask me to whittle all kinds of things," Cary said. "For example, there's a group of lady hikers who've asked me to whittle pairs of miniature hiking boots for their members. I think I've made about twenty pairs of those little boots so far."
 
"One of my most popular items has been the coon dogs. I guess I've sold thousands of them over the years. Actually, I drove a tractor in the very first Coon Dog Day Parade in Saluda."
 
Cary has offered his work at local festivals and shows, and he has also taught whittling classes at several colleges.
 
According to Cary, his work has spread far and wide since he began whittling. "I've been doing this over fifty years now, and I know I've got pieces in at least forty-three countries."

Except for his U.S. Navy service in the Pacific and in Vietnam, Cary has always lived in the Saluda area. He grew up at Shady Lane Orchard, just off Mountain Page Road on the edge of town and still lives in his family's home place on the orchard property. He traces his Pace family history in the mountains back to the mid 1700s. He is also proud of his Cherokee lineage and loves to talk about that side of the family. He has also whittled and carved items inspired by the Cherokee culture.
 
"We worked day and night around the orchard when we were kids," he said. "There wasn't any time for us to play ball and the like. I can remember selling apples up on Highway 25 out of an old school bus we bought."

Having grown up in a farming family, Cary keeps some of that tradition alive at his place where he keeps chickens, doves, and other critters. His horse Miracle wandered over to the gate to greet Cary. "Hello, Miss Miracle," he said, opening the gate, allowing the horse to wander around the property. "She'll walk down the driveway, visit the other animals nearby, then she'll come back home." Possum, his part Blue Heeler, is a constant canine companion, and the pair can be seen riding around Saluda.
 
After his military service, Cary worked at different jobs before settling in for a 20-year career with the Henderson County Soil and Water Conservation District. He retired in 2008. "Now I whittle just about all the time."
 
A collection of Cary's work is on display and for sale in Saluda at the Crust and Kettle Restaurant on Ozone Drive at Interstate 26.
                      
By Ken Webb
Some Saluda Streets and Their Names
From "Saluda 100 Years" 

This is from "Saluda 100 Years" history book published in 1981 with permission by Charlene Pace, author.
 
Andrews St. - Located between Main Street at the RR depot and Gaffney Street. Named for the Andrews family who lived in the house where Doris Pace lives. Mr. Andrews was a railroad man who later moved to Landrum.
Baumberger Road - Off Cemetery Street at Saluda Cemetery. Named for Julius Baumberger, native of Zurich, Switzerland, who married Mary Laughter of Saluda. The Baumberger family ran a board­ing house for many years in Saluda, until it burned in 1918. Mr. Baumberger also ran a meat market and dairy.
Charles Street - Off Seminary Street, this street runs up by the Episcopal Church to Columbia Heights and the Holly Hill area. The Charles Hotel was located on the west corner of Henderson and Charles Street and was operated by the Charles Estes family of Augusta, Georgia.
Chisholm Street - Located in the Holly Hill-Columbia Heights area, running from Ozone Road up to the old Chisholm estate, now owned by Lucille Wannamaker. Named for the Chisholm family from Savannah, Georgia, who had a home at the top of the hill.
Coates Street - Located between Gaffney and Main Street. Named for the John Coates family. Mrs. Augustus Estes Coates operated a boarding house as Coates House or The Maples.
Cullipher Street - Runs from Main Street to Seminary Street beside the bank and post office. Mr. Cullipher was Postmaster in Saluda February 12, 1915 till July 23, 1929. His home was located on the southwest corner of Henderson Street across from the Episcopal Church.
Frost Road - Located off Hwy. 176, and begins just inside the southwest city limits of Saluda. Dr. Frank L. Frost was an Episcopal minister from Charleston, SC, and was the first president of the Clergy House Association. The family was summer residents until the 1950's.
Gaffney Street - Turns left off of Henderson Street toward Piney Mt. at the sharp curve beyond the Baptist Church. The Gaffney family was residents of Saluda for many years.
Hinson Street - A short street running between Hwy. 176 and Hill Street. Named for Capt. W.G. Hinson who lived in Ivy Terrace and was the developer of Columbia Heights.'
Hart Street - Located off Ozone Drive at the foot of Columbia Heights. Named for "Daddy" Hart who claimed he drove the first stake to layout the town of Saluda. He was later mayor, postmaster, store­keeper and undertaker in Saluda.
Henderson Street - Begins at Seminary Street and continues to Esseola Drive near the Saluda Nursing Center (now Autumn Care). This was once the main route to Hendersonville via Old Macedonia Road and Howard Gap Road, over the original bridge built by Peter Guice. It was used as a drovers' trail and a stagecoach road until the railroad came and the high bridge and Highway 176 were completed.
Holbert Cove Road - Located east of 1-26, almost parallel to Green River Cove Road. The Holbert family was early settlers in the area. Descendants of the family still occupy Holbert's Cove. The Century Old Fire, tended by Billy Morris was located at the head of the cove. Holbert's Cove Road runs near Bradley Falls, and on into Green River Cove Road.
Heatherly Heights Road - Located about three miles west of Saluda, in Henderson County, it was named for the Heatherly's, one of the pioneer families. Saluda's first citywide water system was piped through hollow logs from two big springs on Heatherly Mountain, about 1912. John Ripley Heatherly, grandson of pioneer John Heatherly, built a tower on Heatherly Heights which was a popular tourist attraction for both the Saluda and Tuxedo area. It is said that after the Heatherly home burned, the tower was dismantled and timbers used to build a new house.
Howard Gap Road (also known as Warrior Mountain Road) - Located east of Ozone Road near 1-26. It runs across the Gap to Hwy. 108 at Lynn. It was named for Capt. Howard of Revolutionary fame, who surprised a party of Cherokees and Tories and defeated them in the area. The road is one of the oldest routes into the mountains from the Low Country--an old drover and stagecoach road.
Irving Street - Located parallel to the railroad on the east side of the depot. Named for John Ernest Irving, the first black property owner in Saluda. His first child, Sophie, was the first black child born in Saluda.
Judd's Peak Road - Located west of Saluda and named for Mr. Judd, of the Episcopal Clergy House Association. Later called "Judge" Peak for Judge Fauntleroy and his brother who lived there for many years.
Maybank Drive - Located east of 1-26. Named for the Maybank family of Charleston who owned many acres of land in Green River Cove area.
Pace Street - Leaves Hwy. 176 across from Saluda depot. Named for Hannon Pace who operated a general store and ice house there.
Patterson Street - Located east of Greenville Street, about a half-mile from the railroad. Named for Ernest Patterson who was an engineer for the Southern Railroad who moved to Saluda in 1902 and was engineer of the Helper for 40 years.
Pearson Falls Road - Leaves Saluda Hwy. 176 near the Saluda School and meanders along Pacolet Creek for several miles, past Pearson Falls. Named for Captain Charles Pearson, surveyor for the railroad, who supervised the building of the railroad up Saluda Grade. While working near Saluda, he bought many acres of land including the Glen and falls which was sold to the Tryon Garden Club during the Depression.
Ransom Road - Located off Esseola Circle, a short street named for Ransom Woodruff Pace who operated one of the earliest inns and stagecoach stops in the area. He was the grandson of Burwell Pace, the original Pace settler of Saluda.
Shand Street - Located west of Hwy, 176 near Ozone Drive. It circles Shand Hill and goes back into Hill Street near the Saluda School. Named for one of the earliest summer residents from Columbia, and a home on the hill is still owned by members of the Shand family.
Smith Hill- a circular street west of the railroad that enters across from the Fire Department Building on Greenville Street. Named for Dr. Lesesne Smith who founded the baby clinic, hospital and seminars. The hill is still owned by his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Stackhouse Road
- Located off
sub-station road near Esseola Circle. Named for the Stackhouse family from Georgia, who built a large house on top of the hill that can be seen now from 1-26.
Thompson Road - Leaves Ozone road near 1-26 and circles around to come out on Highway 176 on the way to Melrose. Named for the Thompson family who settled in the Howard Gap Road area of Saluda in pioneer days. The town is still full of the Thompsons. Asbury Thompson had a trading post-stage stop and post office on the Howard Gap Road.
Louisiana Avenue - Leaves Ozone Road near Hwy. 176, and goes back into it near 1-26. Named for New Orleans people who had summer homes there in the early 1900's.
Saluda Classifieds

Business for Sale
Looking for a small business opportunity? Do you love children? Ever thought of running an after school program? Now is your chance. The Porpoise Room After School Program is looking for a new owner. Ellen Rogers, the current owner, is now a full time teacher and needs to give up this extra-curricular activity. But the community needs this resource. The business has been growing and thriving in the three years since opening. Please contact Ellen if you have an interest and she will provide more information. Call or text: 828-329-6790. Email theporpoiseroom@gmail.com. Always remember to Love, Laugh, and Learn

Space available in Saluda Historic Depot.  
625SF for $500/month plus utilities.  For information, please call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958.

For Sale -
Saluda United Methodist Church is
sellin
g 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 bencoonrod@gmail.com.

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

Number of Beauty Shops in Tryon:  8
Number of Beauty Shops in Columbus: 8
Number of Beauty Shops in Saluda: 0
Beautiful shop space, ready for the only beauty shop in town!  Special offer for the first three months.  Call Debi 828-749-9224. 

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (828)749-3794.
 
Piano Lessons with Patricia!
Experienced International Music Educator-MA-- All ages/ levels. Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email p_roskens@yahoo.com.
 
Art Studio for Rent in Saluda
Space available for potters, sculptors, painters, jewelers, bead/fabric artists, writers, etc. Great atmosphere, affordable rent, flexible lease, large and small work spaces available. Call Ruth at 828-749-9718 chickenhousestudios.org.
 
Office space available. 
Beautiful, quiet location right off Main St below Wildflour Bakery.  Private bathroom, entrance and two rooms.  Approx 530 sq.ft., $310 monthly includes water, sewage and trash pickup.  Not for residential use. 828-749-9224 (Ask for Debi or leave a message.) 

Saluda Pet Sitter.  Three years experience, responsible, references available. Will come to your home up to three times a day, feed, exercise and general care of your pet. Experience in dogs, cats, and even goats! Call Lance at 828-284-4811 or 828-284-5660.

House Sitting & Animal Care
Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.
 
Piano lessons by experienced teacher.
Ages 4-Senior Adult.  Beginner - Advanced.  I have over 30 years experience and have excellent references. Please call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email stephen.masterdesignstudio@yahoo.com for more information.
 
Need your piano tuned?
References available. 
All work comes with a money back guarantee! Call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email:  stephen.masterdesignmusic@yahoo.com
to make an appointment.

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