Where Time Stands Still 
June 2016  
Happy Birthday, Saluda Lifestyles
The first Saluda Lifestyles was published on June 1, 2006. Our deepest gratitude to all readers who have enjoyed and encouraged the growth of this community newspaper--Cathy Jackson
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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
SBA Adopts Ozone
Brown Bag
Saluda Yard Sale
McCreery Park Clean Up
Block Party
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Tree City USA
Women's Club of Saluda
Coon Dog Day is Coming
CDD Big Wheel Racing
CDD Parade
Yoga Schedule
Feldenkrais Method
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Calendar of Events
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Arts Festival
SAF Volunteers
Mainline Sunday Concerts
Top of the Grade Concerts
Saluda Scoop
Sister City
Summer Tracks
Historic Saluda
PCCF Acquire Acreage
Share the Road
Pearson's Falls Guided Tours
Saluda Streets
Adopt-A-Cat Month
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

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

10 acres on a mountain top with a long range vista of the southern mountains and beyond. Enjoy a traditional style cabin with cathedral ceilings, stone fireplace, open floor plan, and second living quarters downstairs. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2755SF, MLS#3175718, $429,900
Victorian style home in heart of historic downtown, enjoy in town living close to shopping and dining. Remodeled and appointed with high ceilings and three-way fireplace, master on main. Separate second quarters downstairs with outside entrance for extra guests or rental income not included in total SF, slightly less than 7' ceiling height. Plenty of parking.MLS#3178600, $375,000 

Live on Buck Mtn & enjoy one of the best views in western NC overlooking Pacolet River Valley, a NC Scenic Byway.Contemporary home built with windows from floor to ceiling to maximize views.Custom built with open floor plan,energy efficient features, 15 ac for privacy and seclusion yet minutes from major shopping & dining.  MLS# 3178550, $595,000
Long range vistas of the Pacolet River Valley from every room.Spacious open floor plan with porches for outdoor living. MLS#3177621, $485,000
Make this your family compound with three small cabins on small mountain lake.Two cabins include living area, bedrooms, bath and kitchen while one cabin is one large room for sleeping and living, kitchenette, and bath. Great rental investment. 4 ac, MLS#3167729, $225,000
Private setting on over 2 acres, yet only one mile to downtown Historic Saluda. Home features open floor plan, spacious kitchen w/granite, vaulted ceilings in great room and lots of space on decks and covered porches to enjoy nature in the peaceful surroundings. 3BR, 2BA, 2.21 ac, MLS# 3172491, $275,000
Stunning luxury 4bed/4bath home is built on a rock face in a mountain paradise. Home features an open floor plan with 27ft tall truss & beam ceilings with floor to ceiling windows letting the beauty of mountain views in.  2 master suites on main level. MLS#3173977, $350,000 
Featured Properties 
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
Southland log home used for commercial and could easily be turned into your mountain dream home. 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, REDUCED PRICE $319,000.
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.

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
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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

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, $149,000

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

Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
  Click here to see all Featured Home Listings

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 
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 May 31, 2016). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2016       23         17                   

Homes 2015       19         0       


Land 2016          6           1                               Land 2015          6           0  


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

Click here to see a 2016 1st Qtr 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, June 5, 4pm to 6pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreey Park.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30pm at the meeting room in the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets Wednesday, June 1 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 not meet in June. 
Women's Club will meet Tuesday, June 14 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

Mainline Sunday Concerts, June 5, 4-6pm, McCreery Park.

Top of the Grade Concerts, June 10, 7pm to 9pm, Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.

Saluda Garden Club meets Monday, June 20 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Train Tales
, Saluda Historic Depot, June 17, 7:00pm.

Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, June 27 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
Saluda Tailgate Market Opens for 2016 Season
May- October Fridays, 4:30-6:30
It's here!  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.

The Saluda Historic Depot board is pleased to announce that the purchase of the depot is scheduled for mid June. "After a successful renegotiation of the purchase price and financial terms, we are now in a position to buy the depot, " says Judy Ward, chairperson of the board. This photo is of the board standing behind the Saluda Grade Depot toasting the donors, sponsors, and friends who have contributed financially and given their time to meet this major milestone.

Z-Scale Saluda Grade Diorama

You may have heard a lot about it, but if you haven't hiked the three miles from Saluda to Melrose, then you really haven't seen the "Saluda Grade." Now you can, when a Z-scale diorama of the Saluda Grade at the Saluda Historic Depot.  Designed and built by the Apple Valley Railroad Model Club in Hendersonville was funded by a generous gift from Dr. Fred McConnel., a lifelong fan of the Southern Railway and especially the Saluda Grade.

The Saluda Grade diorama starts 1/2 mile east of downtown Saluda, continues down the three mile Saluda Grade, and ends at the east end of Melrose which was the staging area for trains running the grade. It is set in 1950 when both diesel and passenger trains ran throughout the Southern Railway system. It demonstrates the difficulty of getting a train safely up or down the mountain and, since people cannot see very much of the grade from the road, shows where the tracks actually are on the mountain.

"Anyone who is a railroad fan will definitely enjoy the depot and its contents and for those other folks, it's an interesting story of the struggles that people will endure to accomplish a goal.  The Saluda Grade is not visible from any roads and not easily approached by foot, so this is the only way to see the challenge it presented to the railroad. It was the last piece of the railroad between Charleston, SC and Cincinnati, OH to be built, says Larry.

"The board members of the Saluda Historic Depot feel that this new diorama will become a tourist destination for railroad enthusiasts and anyone interested in the heritage of small mountain towns and how they got their beginnings. We are truly indebted to Dr. Fred McConnel who has contributed so much to the depot and funded this project, and to the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club for meeting the challenge of a Z-scale model that will fit nicely in the main room of the depot and easily collapses when we need the space for other events," says board chair, Judy Ward.

The Saluda Historic Depot is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 4pm and is located at 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. For more information please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876,
cathy@saludalifestyles.com, or Judy Ward at 828-74-5958, judyward@charter.net.  Admission is always free and donations are appreciated. 
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

Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
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
June 17,
Saluda Train Tales, Native Tales
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.

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-June 17, 7pm
Saluda: Native Tales

Lee Atkins, native of Saluda  
Join Saluda natives and share your times of growing up in Saluda when the railroad was at its height.  Lee Atkins, Hilda Pace, and Jenell Gasperson will lead the story telling. 

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. 
SBA Adopts Ozone
The Saluda Business Association is proud to adopt Saluda's busiest road into the downtown, Ozone Drive. SBA members will keep on the quarterly schedule of picking up litter along this main thoroughfare on the second Monday of each quarter, March, June, September and December.

Please join this community effort and show up for our next cleanup Saluda Day on Monday June, 11at 9:00am. We will meet at Tickles Chiropractic Clinic on Monday, June 11. Gloves, bags, and safety vests will be provided. For more information please contact Carolyn Ashburn at:
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available June 17, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.
Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740. 
Saluda 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.
McCreery Park Master Plan

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." -George Benard Shaw
 Saluda's McCreery Park may be considered the heart of the City. Anytime of the day you can watch people pushing children on the swings, having a picnic or just enjoying some shade. A place to congregate and listen to some great music, the park sees many events throughout the year.
Over a year in the making, the Parks Committee has been tirelessly working to draft a new master plan for McCreery Park in order to start applying for grants. We are pleased to announce that with our City Manager Jon Cannon's background in Landscape Architecture, he was able to render a beautiful plan and it was approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 9. Please stop by City Hall to see the plan in person and make a donation!
Block Party Fundraiser for Park
McCreery Park, Sunday, June 26
Steamy mug is hosting a Block Party to raise money for Saluda's McCreery Park. There will be vendors, live music, BBQ, drinks, fun for the kids, bachelor auction and silent auction.  Proceeds will go straight into the Master Park Plan fund. Our goal is to raise enough to get the park handicap accessible along with bettering it for our families and kids.

The silent auction includes donations from Green River Adventures, Green River BBQ, Green River Brew Depot, Duck Alley,  Heartwood Gallery,  Purple Onion, Random Arts, Chad Blotner Photography,  Kristen Mode paintings, Affordable Golf Cart of Saluda Rentals, and many more! We will also have 15 eligible bachelors on which to bid. Winner will win a lunch with their favorite bachelor.  So come on out to McCreery Park for a great cause!

1:30 - 4:30 Live music with Deb & Irv
2:00          Bake Sale
2:00 - 3:00 Scavenger Hunt, Egg Hunt & Face Painting
5:00 - 6:30 Pistol Hill and the country music connection
6:00 - 6:30 Bachelor Auction
6:30 - 7:00 Silent Auction  

Submitted by Amanda and Beth from Steamy Mug
CityCity Notes

Help Pave Pace Park More pavers have been laid in Pace Park.  Give an engraved brick in honor of your Dad for Father'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. 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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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 June 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 beginning June 10 through June 25. There will be a reception for the artist on Thurs., June 10 at 5:30pm. All are invited to attend.
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., June 2 at 2pm to discuss Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
     Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
     What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
     Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
     What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
S.L.I.P (Saluda Living in Place) will meet on the 2nd Thurs. each month at 10am at the Saluda Center. Thurs., June 9 will be the first meeting.
Social Singles of Saluda will NOT be meeting at the Center again until July 21. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.

Community potluck and bingo, Mon,. June 27 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.   
Social Singles of Saluda
Social Singles of Saluda and anyone interested in better health.

ARTHRITIS: Dr. Royce Bailey,  a cardiologist in Hendersonville, who also practices Integrative Family Medicine will be the speaker on Thursday, June 16, 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Upward Rd off interstate 26.

There will be a delicious complimentary southern traditional dinner at 6pm before the program, but reservations are essential. Please email Anita Moore at anitaomoore@gmail.com or telephone cell 404-626-2090 for a reservation.

Carpooling from Saluda Center at 5:30pm, if you wish.
Saluda Community Land Trust
Free Swim Lessons at Twin Lakes
Thanks to funding from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF), Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) is able to offer free swimming lessons at Twin Lakes every weekday during the last two weeks in June, the 20th through July 1st. Some of the lessons will be one-on-one and some of the lessons will be taught in small groups. The scheduling and instruction format will be determined after we see how many children sign up, and the swimming needs and abilities of those children. Registrations need to be received by the time the school year ends on June 10th. At that time we will contact the parents of all the children registered with the scheduling details.
If you want to sign your child up for these lessons, please call the SCLT office at 828-749-1560 and leave your name and telephone number so that we can call you back within 24 hours. If you want to know more about the type of instruction that will be offered, look up the instructors' webpage at aquachild.com. You'll be delighted with what you see. And we're delighted to be able to offer such a wonderful program to the children of Saluda. Thank you PCCF!
Walks in the Woods
The first and third Sundays of each month, April through October, weather permitting, join SCLT members to explore local favorite walks in the Saluda area. Walks generally last about an hour and a half, and besides showcasing our local treasures, encourage getting folks outside.
Little Bradley - June 5, 2016
Guides: Will & Nancy
2 mile moderate out and back of 2 hours along Cove Creek to the falls with a nice pool at the bottom. Dogs and kids love this spot!
Lazy Girl - June 19, 2016
Guides: Nancy & Amy
1 mile easy woods trail walk of 1 hour. It traverses a stream and connects Eseola Drive through the woods to Laurel Drive. This is a great in-town option to road-walking. Please leave Fido at home.
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.

Adopt a Highway
Since 2009, SCLT members have faithfully picked up litter quarterly along a two mile stretch of 176, going in and out of Saluda. This spring, they were informed that the State DOT would be taking on that stretch. At the same time, the Saluda Business Association (SBA) adopted Ozone Drive from the 176 corner to the entrance of The Gorge Zipline. SCLT members have decided to aid their fellow Saludians in their task. Please join SBA members on Monday, June 13 at 9:00 at the Tickle parking lot, to get supplies and divide into teams to make this entry way into Saluda litter free. Call Carolyn Ashburn 828-733-5159 for more information.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month June1st, 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.
Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak which are both amazing venues to rent for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.
Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to info@saludaclt.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
Saluda Garden Club, June Meeting And Field Trip
The Saluda Garden Club will be visiting Appalachian Tropicals in Fairview on Monday, June 20. This is a great resource for orchids and many varieties of air plants. Please meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library by 9:45 a.m. where we will car pool for the 40 minute drive to Fairview. (This trip has been rescheduled from the original May outing date.)

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 828-749-2530. 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 June.
Tree City USA-Saluda
We appreciate all who visited Saluda's Tree City USA tent and Saluda Community Land Trust at the Art festival on May 21. What a great day it is every spring for our community and for visitors who have the opportunity to see and buy the work of the many talented artists and to see the worthwhile projects and activities of our community organizations. Thank you to those who make the festival happen.
Tree City members participated in the McCreery Park work day May 7. Tree concerns in the park were those of dead or hazardous trees, cherry tree shoots and sproutings and unwanted, undesirable vines to be cleared. The same work will be accomplished at Judd's Peak.
A dead redbud tree in Saluda Cemetery has been replaced. The recent rains should help it to thrive.
We are continuing work toward reconstruction of the pole in McCreery Park and hope soon to see our Tree City flag flying.
Be sure to see the glass murals located in Saluda City Hall, the Police Department and the Library. The community project was instructed by glass artists Susan Cannon who is an active member of Saluda's Tree City USA.
Saluda Tree City USA meetings are held the 4th Thursday at 5:30pm-now at McCreery Park, weather permitting, or, if not, at Saluda Community Library. Visitors are welcome!

Submitted by Ruth Anderson
Women's Club of Saluda
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet at 10am on Tuesday, June 14 in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church.  Mary Cervini from Community Partnership for Pets will speak about low cost spay and neutering of pets that her organization provides.   
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.
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.  There will be free parking in the Saluda School parking lot (where buses park) off of Seminary Street and in the Episcopal Church parking lot.  The First Baptist Church parking lot will be designated for handicap parking.  Also, there will be paid parking by the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville Street and by the City at the Saluda School on Hwy 176 (Main Street).  

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  8:30a.m., Fridays  8:30a.m.
Your Yoga  Mondays 6:30p.m., Foundational Yoga  Tuesdays  9:30a.m., Thursdays  9:30a.m.
Restorative/Yin Yoga  Thursdays  6p.m.
Kid's Yoga  Saturdays  10a.m.
Please come join a class at Soulshine Yoga!

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. 
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.
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.
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.
The Feldenkrais Method® in Saluda

Movement is part of everything we do - walking, biking, gardening, reading, breathing, playing an instrument, even falling down! Our thoughts, habits, emotions, and intentions contain subtle components of movement, too. The quality and integrity of our movement determines the quality of our experience and of our performance. I am Jane Ella Matthews, and I am offering individual Functional Integration® sessions in Saluda.
FI sessions are based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education®. These unique sessions differ for each individual because they are based on each one's concerns, goals, and physical condition. I use purposeful hands-on techniques and verbal instructions to communicate to individuals how they have "organized" themselves to move and to introduce new or long-forgotten options for improving that organization. Students are fully
clothed. All movements are within each person's independent range of motion with no forceful manipulation.
Awareness of "what you are doing" and "how you are doing it" is key to Functional Integration: Self-awareness leads to improved balance, posture, coordination, and sense of well-being. Greater efficiency and ease of movement optimizes an individual's performance and comfort. Plus, you are less likely to sustain injury and more likely to recover completely if you have.
The Feldenkrais approach is a unique method of improving one's self awareness, with a wide range of applications for each person. You are invited to call Jane Ella at (864)-918-9281 for more details, and to find out if FI sessions would benefit you or someone you know.
Saluda Community Choir
Sing in the Saluda Community Choir!
Monday's, 7pm - 8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church.

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

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

Located off W Main Street, past the Saluda Tailgate parking lot. 

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School Events
June 2016
Thank you, community members , for participating in Saluda's first "One Book, One Community" project!  As always, your support was overwhelming! 

Another special thanks goes out to all C4C volunteers who, since February, have spent over 180 hours reading with students in Saluda's After School Academy!

June 1        Grades 3 & 4 ELA End-of-Grade Test
June 1        Hendersonville READS Recognition Night at Blue Ridge Mall
June 2      PreK Field Trip to WNC Nature Center
June 2      Grades 3 & 4 MATH End-of Grade Test
June 3      6:00pm-12:00am  Relay for Life at Stearns Park in Columbus
June 6      Grade 5 ELA End-of-Grade Test
June 7      Grade 5 MATH End-of-Grade Test
June 8      Jen Pace Dickenson will present the Summer Reading Program to PreK-5
June 8      Books Are Really Fun Distribution #4
June 8      Author Miriam Bradley will donate books to Grades 3-5
June 9      K-5 Field Trip to Greenville Zoo
June 9      PreK Awards Program  2:00pm in the auditorium
June 10   Last day of school for students--Early dismissal
June 10   End of 6th Six Weeks
June 10   Report Cards
June 10   Awards Programs: 8:30-9:30am  Grades K-2, 9:45-10:45am Grades 3-5
June 13   Required Teacher Workday
June 13   6:30pm  School Board Meeting @ Stearns
June 14   Optional Teacher Workday
June 14-28    Summer School
June 15    10:00-11:00am Meeting with C4C volunteers
June 16    8:30am  Summer School Assembly (The Greatest:  Sports Heroes A to Z)
July 14, 15 & 18    Summer Bus Driver Training in Polk County
Call 894-8700 for more information.
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

June 6 @ 2pm 
Saluda Library
Adult Book Folding Art Class
This craft class will teach you a skill that will amaze your friends! Stop by the library today to see an example of a completed project. All materials will be provided.
June 18 @ 8am
Harmon Field
PCPL Mutt Strut 5K
Ready? Set? Read! Join us in celebrating the kick-off of the 2016 Summer Reading Program. The library will partner with the Foothills Humane Society for a walk/run road race.  Race participants are encouraged to complete the course with their family dog or volunteer to walk a dog from the humane society. A light breakfast will be served after the race and there will also be a live DJ and a photo booth to take finish line pictures!  Prizes from The Gorge Zipline, Chimney Rock State Park, and PRO Physical Therapy will be given to the top category winners. All participants will receive a "swag bag" (dogs included!) and be entered to win a basket of goodies from Landrum Veterinary Hospital. Other sponsors and volunteers include Polk County High School, Bi-Lo, Purrrfect Bark Natural Pet Market, Dr. Edney, Bojangles, Purple Onion, Lori Cairnes, and Entegra Bank.  Registration is required and is now open at polklibrary.org and there is no fee to participate in the race. Lace up your running shoes, and grab your four-legged furry friend - we look forward to seeing you on the course!
June 20 @ 2pm
Saluda Library
Teen Summer Reading: Mario Kart Tournament
Who is the best Mario Kart player on the Nintendo Wii U? Enter the tournament and you could win the trophy! *The teen Summer Reading Program is for rising 6th-12th graders. Sign ups begin June 13... Read all summer long to earn awesome prizes!*
June 22 @ 2pm
Saluda Library
Kids Summer Reading: Gaming Extravaganza
Come play board games and LEGOs! *The kids Summer Reading Program is for babies up to rising 5th graders. Sign ups begin June 13... Read all summer long to earn awesome prizes!*
June 27 @ 2pm
Saluda Library
Teen Summer Reading: Board Game Bonanza
Enjoy snacks and games such as Apples to Apples and Monopoly. Let us know if you have a game request! *The teen Summer Reading Program is for rising 6th-12th graders. Sign ups begin June 13... Read all summer long to earn awesome prizes!*
June 29 @ 2pm
Saluda Library
Kids Summer Reading: Nintendo Wii U
Play Mario Kart and other fun Nintendo Wii U games on the big screen! *The kids Summer Reading Program is for babies up to rising 5th graders. Sign ups begin June 13... Read all summer long to earn awesome prizes!*
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School    
First Baptist Church of Saluda
July 20 thru 22
6 til 7:30pm snacks provided
Dive into truth: Finding truth below the surface. Join us as we discover the truth about ourselves through the eyes of Jesus.
Located at 213 Henderson Street, Saluda, NC , 828-749-3230
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! 
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Email:  fbcsaluda@tds.net
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


Saluda Classifieds

For rent 1 bedroom/1 bath furnished and equipped for the season, on Joel Creek at 1166 Pearson Falls Road in Saluda, NC. Daily (3 day minimum) weekly or monthly rates available. For info call Linda at 828-749-9962.

House Cleaning!
Experienced, reliable, and honest. Can do light jobs, or deep cleans. One time cleans, moving jobs, etc. Have experience with vacation rentals as well as bi- weekly residential work. Have good references!! Have worked with Kathie Mobley. Please call for estimate! Kelli 828-620-0209.

Time for Spring Cleaning!
"Deep cleaning" 
"One time cleaning"
"Moving jobs"
Call Kathie for estimates at 828-674-6108.

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.
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.
Healing Massage
Gift yourself or another with a soulful, healing massage!  Soulshine Yoga and Massage offers skilled and therapeutic massage right downtown! Licensed massage and bodywork specialist and yoga instructor, Dori Ray, is glad to be serving our Saluda community!  Call to schedule a massage 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.  SoulshineYogaNC.com
Annual Calendar of Events
Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday each month (April - October)
Saluda Tailgate Market -Every Friday (May through October)
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (2nd Friday of month, May through September)
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September 12, 2015
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
Small Business Saturday - 2nd Saturday in December
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. 


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HowHow Sweet It Is
To be in Saluda in June. As Saluda slips into summer, a profusion of intoxicating scents permeate the air with nature's bounty of sweet smelling blossoms, flooding memories of warm summer days. Magnolias and gardenias compete for center stage floating in a bowl of water on dining tables. While sweet Jessamine, Wisteria, and Honeysuckle climb in and around fences, lattices and roadsides, filling the senses with a delicate fragrance.
With school out, the return of the "summer folks," and the beginning of vacations, Saluda's population will grow exponentially. Day trippers and visitors will fill the shops, lodgings, and restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts will hike, take trips down the Green River and zip through the Gorge. The Saluda Historic Depot will draw railroad lovers to see the museum and Saluda Grade Diorama.

Live music fills the air in June with outdoor concerts and a variety of genres to please everyone. 

As the growing season kicks into high gear, long awaited fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables will be the culinary choice on summer menus.  
Everywhere you may have gone in the mountains may seem like you have been there before, but it's different in Saluda--it's something in the air!  
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion in May
Summer 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
Fred Whiskins tickling the ivories every Friday evening.
June 2 -Sam Pacetti  Fingerstyle guitar wizard and deft songwriter new to the Purple Onion, Don't miss him.
June 4 -Drovers Old Time Medicine Show   Playing hard charging, moonshine fueled bluegrass with a good dose of country humor thrown in for the folks.
June 5 - Sol Driven Train See details below.  Brass-kickin roots rock.
Old friends return with songs that feel like they have always been there.
June 11 - The DanBerrys
Drawing deep from the traditions of bluegrass, old-time country, blues, and funk/soul, the Danberrys offer inspired songwriting delivered with raw emotion, distinct vocal harmonies, and dynamic, top-notch musicianship.
June 16 - Chris Padgett
Chris returns solo. Classical, Flamenco, folk... syncopated finger picking style, thrash flat-picking, and a unique voice; always an amazing performance.
June 23 -  Darlyne Cain 
She does it all, vocals, guitar, piano, etc.
Just in case you did not get enough bluegrass, these guys are back.
June 30 - Dog Whistle
Acoustic guitar, steel guitar, doghouse bass, snare drum, and rich harmonies, they have the bones of a road hardened honky-tonk band and the soul of country legends.

Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler. 
   Sol Driven Train
Sunday, June 5 @ 7:00 PM
$20 in advance
$25 at the door.
Limited seating show
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on June 5 for a Sunday Evening Concert. Pizza and appetizers will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. The featured brewery for the evening will be New Belgian Brewery and we will be showcasing several of their well-crafted brews. There will be limited seating for this show to allow for the inevitable dancing so come early if you need a seat. Call the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 or come by to make your reservations.       
Combining a wide variety of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin' roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity. Their sound is soulful and rich like Southern food, and like the 6-piece band's hometown of Charleston, SC, their music is warm, approachable, rooted in history, and as diverse as you'd expect from a port city with historical ties to the Caribbean Sea, West Africa, and Old Europe. The band members also share a deep musical history together that can be traced back to the middle school band room, where founding members Ward Buckheister (trombone, guitar, vocals), Russell Clarke (saxophone, vocals), and Joel Timmons (guitar, vocals) first jammed together. Their tight vocal harmonies and conversational horn lines reveal a musical rapport that has spanned decades. The band's youngest member, Ross Bogan, nimbly ties the SDT sound together with swirly organ and jazzy piano sparkling across the rock-soul orchestra. The rock solid drumming of Wes Powers and the fluid syncopations of bassist Matt Thompson lay a rhythmic foundation that gets the crowd dancing. When Sol Driven Train takes the stage, there is a palpable sense of brotherhood, mutual support, and creative independence.
Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party" (Atlanta Creative Loafing).
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

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

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!

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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 Salu
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
The Dancer's Extension would like to thank everyone who had a part in our Spring Concert, including the students, parents, backstage crew, Saluda Elementary staff, and the audience!  We had an exciting show and we appreciate the rave reviews!  Congratulations to our newest National Honor Society for Dance Arts inductees:  Amberly Arkell, Katie Mundy and Madison Sutton at the junior level, and Ashley Keener at the secondary level.
Join us for our summer dance camps!  Ages 3 to 6 will be held the week of July 25-29, and ages 7 to 11 will be held the week of August 1-5.  Camps are held from 9AM to 12 Noon Monday through Friday.  Students are guided in creating their own dance story for an impromptu performance in the studio on Friday.  Camps also include story time, crafts and snacks!
Classes for the 2016-2017 academic years begin on Tuesday, September 6.  We offer youth classes in introductory ballet/creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and ensemble.  Don't miss out on the fun and creativity!  New students and beginners are always welcome.  Register early as space is limited.
Adult beginner ballet continues on Mondays at 5:30PM during the summer months.  No experience or special shoes are necessary, and drop-in guests are always welcome.  Private lessons for all ages are also available during the summer months.  Please contact the studio for more information.
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 thedancersexension.com for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook

Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp
Jim Carson will offer a workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp", on Thursday-Saturday, September 22-24, 2016.
This indoor painting workshop provides a superior learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of contemporary impressionist painting. The workshop will concentrate on values, design, and temperature variety, all while simplifying the painting approach to achieve spontaneous and bold brushwork. The students will paint from photo references and or still life set ups in the studio. There will be lots of one on one easel time, demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price is $350.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.
Jim recently achieved Signature Membership status in the American Impressionist Society, whose members "represent the highest quality of American Impressionist art today". One of his paintings was selected in the 2012, 2014, and 2015 AIS National Juried Exhibition, and his painting won the Associate Member Award of Distinction in the 2015 show.

For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at Jimcarson.net, email jimcarson151gmail.com or call 828-749-3702.
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.
William Jameson Workshops
Painting in Cashiers, NC
July 28-30, 2016
Escape the summer's heat for 3  days and enjoy the cooler temps in the North Carolina mountains! This workshop is sponsored by Mountain Mist Gallery, located in the middle of the charming village of Cashiers, and owner, David Berger, is providing a great studio for us inside the gallery. We will work from photographic reference materials and learn how to make the transition from photo to successful painting. This workshop will include demonstrations, critiques and one to one instruction in oil, acrylic or watercolor, your choice of medium! Open to beginners to advanced, this workshop will be limited to 8 participants and is expected to fill quickly. Register through David Berger at Mountain Mist Gallery:828-473-1801 or contact Bill Jameson: billjameson0593@gmail.com or 828-749-3101 for more information or to register.
Paint Taos, NM 
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.
Paint Yosemite, CA
September 21-23, 2016
This three day plein-air workshop will be centered not far from the western entrance to magnificent Yosemite National Park, making it ideal for excellent painting locations both in and outside the park. Mariposa is our gateway to Yosemite National Park where it's dramatic landscape will  be waiting for our brushes! Non-painter companions will have opportunities to enjoy bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, golf and photography or to simply experience Yosemite and "the town of the butterflies".
Mariposa was first settled in 1849 as the southern most California Gold Rush town and has maintained the small town charm.  It's known as one of a few remaining towns in the state without a stop light!  Her wooden sidewalks provide a stroll back into the Old West.  You will find attractive shops, the county courthouse built in 1854, restaurants,  a walkway along Mariposa Creek, the main source of gold in a bygone era, and other wonderful treasures when we close our paint boxes each day. 
Fall on the Blue Ridge, Saluda, NC
October 17-21, 2016
This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations, have an early lunch ("Dutch") at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint.
There isn't a more beautiful time to paint the Southern Blue Ridge landscape. Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography.
Saluda's "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the area's spectacular foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide unparalleled 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.
For more information about any of the workshops, please visit williamjameson.com
 or call Bill at 828-748-3101.

The Art of the Horse in Saluda
The Art of the Horse campaign is to bring a public art project with 16 life size fiberglass horses painted by local artists to towns of Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, and Landrum. This project was organized and sponsored by Our Carolina Foothills, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on educating and marketing communities.

One of these whimsical statues is in the grassy marquee area across from Saluda School and will be there until August 10 when it is then auctioned. "Dreamweaver" was painted by Gigi Dover. 

Click here to see the map where the other 15 horses can be found. 

Ray Pague Opens Exhibit at Saluda Center

Many of us know Ray Pague from seeing him set up around town applying paint to canvas or panel. Ray's love for the landscape and the people of Saluda shines in the beauty of each face, season, mountain, river, or barn he paints. Selected Saluda works will be on exhibit and for sale at the Saluda Senior Center. Please join us for an opening reception Friday, June 10  from 5:30 -8:30 P.M.. The exhibit will be open until June 25 and may be viewed during the Center's normal hours of operation. Monday -Friday  8:30 AM-2:00 PM. 
June is "I Want to be an Artist" month at Random Arts, and you will find at least 6 unique opportunities to create in several new and exciting ways.
On Thurs., June 9 it's Sketching & Watercolor for Beginners with local artist Miriam Hughes. From 12-4 you will have hands on instruction in simple sketching what you see and then bringing it to life with watercolor. Only $55. 
Sat. , June 11th Mini Fabric Landscape Collage Spend a relaxing day with Quilting Arts TV artist Susan Edmonson & learn lots of new techniques. This 6x8" mini project zeroes in on hand stitching, embroidery, texture and design. You will add beads, buttons & embellishments to complete your piece. 10am till 4pm $80. (no sewing machine necessary)
Sat & Sun, June 18th & 19th Found Object Assembly with local artist Bobbie Polizzi. This two-day workshop will teach you how to transform junk into treasure. Learn the alchemy of rust, paint, textures, patinas, color and assemblage. Even plastic or lace can be made to fool the eye into believing it is rusted metal. You will create magical art that will roll or felt, if only in your imagination. All levels welcome 10am till 4pm each day $150.
Fri., June 24th Collage & Printmaking  with artist Helen Shafer Garcia. Experimental Watermedia approaches will be explored with watercolor & acrylics with a focus on composition, negative painting & textures.  Build up layers with translucent hues and simple printmaking techniques. Metaphors & messages can play a thoughtful role in your works with added bits of collage and text. Be prepared to loosen up & experiment with different resists & textures to build up the surfaces, paint translucent layers, & create extraordinary shapes. All levels. $125. 10am till 4pm
Sat., June 25th Colored Pencils Mixed Media Journaling with Helen Shafer Garcia. Colored pencils are such good therapy.  Pressing down pure color on smooth paper leads to endless good vibes.  We'll combine watercolors, water-soluble pens, & colored pencils & clever user -friendly ways to draw. My drawing methods will ease those ever so present inhibitions about drawing lines & shapes. You'll blend beautiful color layers and create dark and light mixtures and be prompted to create small poems to be collaged in your work.10am till 4pm $125. All levels 
Sun., June 26th  Featured Adornments Collage Mixed Media with Helen Shafer Garcia. Pick up a brush and immerse into your creativity with watercolor, color pencils, water-soluble pens to create an enriched, "hair with an attitude" portrait. Drawing doesn't have to be something just "artists" do. Learn simple ways to see the shapes & lines of the face. We'll work on a special crinkly  paper that will accept paint beautifully.  Paint and ink will flow into the crevices of this paper giving the painting a wonderful aged look. 10 am till 4pm $125. All levels 
Contact Random Arts to register:
Email: randomarts22@gmail.com  or Telephone 828-749-1165
or stop by and see us at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana  in Saluda.

It's a Wrap - Saluda Arts Festival
With threatening storm clouds billowing above Saluda, the town was granted divine intervention when Carolina blue skies prevailed. Guest were treated to a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, music from the bridge to Nostalgia Courtyard, painted faces, food, artsy balloons, and Amazing Ananda  towering over all. It was one of the biggest years with nearly 5,000 guests.

The Recap (by Wendy Hamil)

Artists and artisans:  85
Happy guests:   Just a few short of 5,000
Furry Friends leading owners:  435
Incredible Volunteers:  30+
Number of Umbrellas:  ZERO
Hotdogs we ate:  300+
Balloon animals:  They were everywhere
Faces painted:  65 children, 4 Adult Power Rangers
Tired children who went to sleep by 8 pm (without a bribe):  ALL
Longest musical note held:  Debbie Camacho with Debbie C and the B's 
Horses in Saluda:  3 Tame Thoroughbreds from Art of the Horse
Bubbles the Stilt Walker made:  Hundreds of Thousands
Selfies taken on the Historic RR Tracks: 10,000+ (please share)
Miles walked by every one: One layer of tread off our favorite shoes

Click here to see a photo album of the Saluda Arts Festival. Photos courtesy of Cathy Jackson, Chuck Hearon, and Mark Schmerling. 
Time for Thanks!

Volunteers are the Heart of the Saluda Arts Festival!
Thank you for your continued dedication
that helps to jump start Saluda's summer season, raise money for historic preservation, and introduce our history and our merchants to thousands each year. The festival was a success because of YOU!
Amos Dawson
Amy Wood
Ava Marino,John Marino & Family
Barbara Cardais*
Beth Carson*
Beth Harris
Bob Hearn
Brett Phipps
Bruce Hunt
Carolyn Ashburn
Cathy Jackson*
Chandler Keenan
Clark Phipps
Danielle Holtz
Deb Phillips
Debbie* & Irv Camacho
Dee Siwek
Denise Kennedy
Donna Humphries
Eugene Brock
Frank McNutt
Gail Dawson
Grace Lauer
Greaton Sellers
Herb Humphries
Jaine Nelson
Jeanne Seymour
Jim Carson
Jim Siwek
Joanna Harper
Karen Builtman
Lauretta Cook
Lee Gleaton
Lin & John Savage
Lynn Casey
Marc Blazar
Marianne Blazar
Mary Jo Wannamaker
Mary Meyland Mason*
Melanie Keener
Melanie Pace
Michael Boles
Mike Cass
Neil Builtman
Nora Parks
Pat Ross
Patti Martin
Richard Mason
Ruth Burnett
Scott Cardais
Shane Neil
Sue Kruse
Susie Welsh Hearn*
Tana Harris
Tangie Morgan*
Vickie Peters
Wendy Hamil*
Polk County High School Key Club:
Erica Sullivan,
Jessica Bailey
Drew Bailey
Luke Collins
*CORE, organizers of the Saluda Arts Festival for the Saluda Business Association. (CORE=Creative, Organized, Responsible, Energetic)

Thanks to the following organizations that we depend on each year for their support to the Saluda Arts Festival by providing assistance, supplies and equipment, exhibit booth space, golf carts for shuttling visitors, and parking: Affordable Golf Carts, Saluda Methodist Church, Saluda Presbyterian Church, City of Saluda, Saluda Police Department, Saluda Fire Department, Saluda Elementary School, Saluda Center, Saluda Branch of US Post Office, Green River Adventures, The Purple Onion, Wildflour Bakery, Don Mintz Builders, and Entegra Bank.

Thanks to the 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.  
We sincerely hope that we have remembered everyone who supported this annual event, and apologize if we inadvertently missed you. 
Mainline Sunday Concerts
Mainline Sunday Concerts at the
 Ella Grace Mintz Stage at Top of the Grade Park 
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
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
2016 Season

June Top of the Grade Concert
The Secret Band from Spartanburg, SC is the headliner for the June 10 concert from 7pm to 9pm.

The band formed in the fall of 2013 and has performed around the southeast for the last 2 1/2 years. The group specializes in some of the great British rock and roll from the 60's and 70's, as well as Americana and original music. Expect to hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many other of your favorites. The members are Tad Taylor (guitar/vocals), Sean O'shields (pedal steel guitar), Rick Kirby (bass/vocals) and Bill Fletcher (drums/vocals).

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.
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.

Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.   
Saluda Rustics Opens in June
Brant Davis, a native of upstate New York, is a rustic furniture maker and transplant to the mountains of western North Carolina.  His experience includes over 25 years of antler lighting and rustic furniture design and he will be bringing it to Saluda when he opens a gallery this month at the Saluda Historic Depot.

Brant's creations include a mixture of natural edge wood, figured wood, reclaimed barn wood, hickory, burls, stumps, bark, antler, metals, and other materials found in forgotten places.
"Brant's creations will look beautiful displayed against all the heart pine wood in the depot. We are excited to have him "on board" at the depot, says Judy Ward, chair of the Saluda Historic Depot board.
To see Brant's creations, visit his website.
Located at Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC  877-404-6622, info@saludarustics.com.

Kathleen's Gallery
Have you seen the "kayooe" at Kathleen's Gallery in downtown Saluda? This 15+ foot long kayak/canoe hybrid was hand-crafted over the course of eight months by Rick Lyons, a new Saluda area resident, and was recently featured in the woodworking trade publication "FDMC" in an article called "What the Heck is a Kayooe?" Most of the wood Rick used to build it was reclaimed. The hull was crafted of pine, the top and seating areas from oak and black walnut and the oars from pine and fiddleback maple. The kayooe is functional and has been successfully tested in rock-free water. However, it really belongs as a showpiece in someone's beautiful home - perhaps hung from an open ceiling or showcased on a wall in a home bar. In addition to the kayooe, Rick has several other large, beautiful hand made wood pieces on display at Kathleen's - which is located at 66 East Main in downtown Saluda.

What a great day it turned out to be for the Saluda Arts Festival. Lots of people enjoyed the artists and the local businesses.  Thanks to all the people that made this happen.
The Dressing Room, Etc. is fully stocked with a bright and cheerful summer collection.  Also don't forget the hand knitted baby clothing, what a great gift for a baby shower.

Irmy's Dressing Room  is open 7 days a week.
Monday through Saturday  10 -5
Sunday  1-5
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.
June Events at Kniticality:
Knitting Potluck June 16, 5-8P
Short Row Workshop June 28 1:30-3P
Amigurumi Crochet Lab Fridays
Master Knitters Sit N Stitch Thursdays
June Classes:
New to Knitting
Repairs & Remedies
True Mobius Wrap: There & Back Again
Diamond Patch Tee with Roberta

For more information, to register, or RSVP:
Call (828)749-3640 or visit us online at kniticality.com for more information!
Find us on Facebook. 55 Robin Lane, Saluda, NC

Vogue Salon is to open soon by proprietor, Vicky Wynn. She will be offering Injectables, Bellafill, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Shellac Nails, Hair Growth Rejuvenation, and coming soon a hair stylist. She will be open Monday and Wednesday 10-5. Services are offered by appointment only by calling 828-242-1171. Email vicky.vicky.wynn@gmail.com. Vogue Salon is located at 31 Pearson Falls, Road, Saluda, NC in the Nostalgia Courtyard.
Sassafras invites you to 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 great for warm summer days. 
Now open 7 days. Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm, Friday 11am - 6pm,
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm. Call us at 828-749-2379.    

Joann, Connie, Tina & 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. Come help us celebrate our 90th birthday all 2016!
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! This month he'll be harvesting Sugar Snap, Arrowroot and Snow Peas, White Icycle Radishes, Lemon, Australian Apple, and Muncher Cucumbers, Mexican Sour Gherkins, Chantanay and Purple Solar Carrots and Kohlrabi. Call to reserve a place in our lovely dining room where every table has a stunning view of the surrounding mountains 828-749-5471.
Originally built in 1926 and called  the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne, look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012, 2013 & 2014 Certificate of Excellence, and by Restaurant.com - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant. 

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 Lola's Celebration Station

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)
New local items in the store: Poppy Hand Crafted Popcorn, Roots Hummus: New Flavors, A Lit'l Taste of Heaven Biscuits, Warhorse Products: Handsoap, Body Wash, Cleaning Soap & Pet Shampoo & Conditioner. Other items are gluten free egg noodles: Homestyle & Spinach, Faro Coffee, Troyer Cheese: Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Colby, Muenster & Jalapeno Muenster, Lusty Monk Mustard and 12 Bones Bbq Sauce. Come by and select a few to try.
Wine Tasting on June 9, 4 to 6pm. We invite you to a wine tasting with Craig from Empire Distributors and a new flavor of hummus to try.
2016 Coon Dog Day T-shirts will be in soon, watch for them hanging outside.
Ward's Grill Veteran's Day Breakfast will be on June 16, 8 to 11am. Bring someone that has served our country for a "free" meal on us.
Ward's Grill is famous for our hand-patty burgers, and if you haven't already, try our JC Burger: ½ chuck & ½ Charlie's Sausage; it is one everyone is talking about, so good. Also try a homemade dessert or the best tasting milkshake made with dipped ice cream: chocolate, strawberry and peanut butter.
We will be seating and serving out back at the Back Alley Barn on Saturdays. Your dogs are welcomed, too.
Looking for a space for your next event, check out Lola's Celebration Venue. Give us a call and we will help you with your plans.
Thanks to Cathy Jackson for our Saluda Lifestyles and all the communication that we receive from her each month. What would we do without her?

Shop Small and Shop Local!
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 
Summer Menu
June is here along with our summer friends! The barking lot is open and already staying full with families, friends and puppy dogs! We will have live music outside in the barking lot Sunday afternoons beginning the second week in June.

We have a new Street Taco menu also.  Offerings include Local Smoked Trout, Brisket Taco, Pulled Pork Taco, Fajita Chicken Taco and a Shrimp Taco with our Power Veggie Asian Slaw! Included with these tacos is our homemade fresh Salsa or Homemade Mango Salsa. We use fresh herbs grown in the containers right in the barking lot!
Our 12 local draft beers are ever changing and include great local breweries such as Wicked Weed, Highland, Sierra Nevada, Hi Wire, Hickory, Bold Rock, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Green Man and Birdsong out of Charlotte just to name a few! The porters are gone but the lighter and thirst quenching varieties have arrived! We have something for everyone.  
Open 7 days a week and Sunday evenings so come join us and bring your family and pets they are always welcome!
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  
Summer Time...and the livin' is easy. Surely that song was written with June in Saluda in mind--picture perfect mornings...warm and hazy afternoon...gentle evening breezes...and cool nights with a chorus of tree frogs.
Stop by Wildflour and check out the new favorites on the summer menu.  Have you had our "Cheeky Chicken" wrap or salad?  What about a "Muenster Mash" sandwich?
We will, of course, be open Sunday, June 19 for Father's Day with some of our very favorite brunch choices to celebrate dads, uncles, husbands, friends and family.
We are so super excited about the article in the June issue of Bicycling Magazine. They are featuring "a guide to some of the most rewarding places to ride on the planet," and there we are... along with listings for Ethiopia, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, Jordan, France, Japan, Canada & Switzerland.  Other U.S. sites were Vermont, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Oregon.  Here's their wonderful write up:
"Watershed Grade to Saluda, North Carolina:  This 27-mile out-and-back starts in "upstate" South Carolina and winds north through the Greenville watershed in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gaining 2,200 feet of elevation in the first half of the ride, the 13.5 mile climb across the border to Saluda.  The grade (around 4 percent) is challenging enough to warrant the best sticky bun you'll ever have from Saluda's Wildflour Bakery, but not so taxing that you can't appreciate the view: lush, fairy-tale woodland that gives way to rolling farmland and finally to Saluda's Victorian charm.  Enjoy it on the way up -- it'll be a blur on the way down." 
Opened 6 Days a Week!
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 Brunch: 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.
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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
June Hours:
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday and Friday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 4 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
Creating Mountain Memories
Summer events are often responsible for the most lasting of memories. This special season gives us time to spend with family and friends in pursuit of outdoor activities and interests.
Saluda's Coon Dog Day - July 9, 2016 -- is a unique opportunity to sample a one-of-a-kind mountain celebration, but not until we have honored our nation on the Fourth of July.
Summer provides endless sun drenched days, custom made for picnics and cool comfortable evenings, perfect for fireworks at the lake -- time to toss a Frisbee or a game of croquet on a freshly mowed lawn, hikes to the Green River and Pearson Falls. Breathe in the air and remember this day.  
Past Independence Days will remain etched into our memories. This is the time to make mountain memories to last a lifetime, go outside and play!
The perfect location to base your Summer Holiday activities is The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, three blocks to town and a short drive to the site of the Fourth of July fireworks display
Visit theoaksbedandbreakfast.com to take a virtual tour of our beautifully appointed guest accommodations, including a full gourmet breakfast, expansive verandas and manicured gardens - then call 828-749-2000 to speak with Dale and Donna.

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000, theoaksbedandbreakfast.com  
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Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift & Consign is celebrating our 2nd year anniversary; we continue to take in wonderful consignments of art, glassware, home décor, jewelry, pottery, metal ware, kitchen tools, dinnerware, vintage linens, garden items, antiques, furniture, etc. We just consigned a gorgeous Victorian chair and table from a Saluda family. The diversity of merchandise is wonderful.  We have had some interesting customers including a "prop guy" from the Dirty Dancing 2 movie and folks still finding us from all over the country. Thanks to all the businesses sending them our way. We send a special invitation to SBA members who have not made it in yet. We will try to keep regular hours through the summer, 12 - 3 or 4pm weekdays and Friday, Saturday, Sundays 11 - 5 or 6pm. If you are by at other times or would like to consign or donate, please call Sheila at 828-606-1748.  Thanks for supporting small, locally owned businesses; it's what makes our town interesting and special!
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Located 160 W Main St, across the bridge on Hwy 176 across from Green River BBQ.  

Whether you are planning a beach trip or going to work or play you will find what you need
here at Random Arts & Apparel. The colors have been popping & the patterns are wild! Choose from  black & white stripes to fabulously organic batiks, to chic linen & of course our ever so popular boho chic tie dye. Our colorful leggings go with almost everything and these will be a staple in your wardrobe wherever you go.  
Come see what's new and come experience our eclectic selection of women's wear.
You will find exemplary service... with a smile.
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 
Saluda Sister City in Italy
Saluda officially became the Sister City of Carunchio, Italy in a ceremony at the Carunchio City Hall on May 13. Lynn Cass, a former city commissioner in Saluda and its official representative, joined with Carunchio mayor Gianfranco D'Isabella in a meeting before the Carunchio City Council to memorialize the relationship. Backed by the flags of Italy, the United States, Carunchio and Saluda, the two read a proclamation in Italian and English that will be displayed in the Saluda City Hall. D'Isabella also presented Cass with an engraved plaque to commemorate the joining. Cass presented Carunchio with books picturing Saluda environs and celebrating its artistic heritage. On a more fun note, Cass also presented the mayor with a traditional "Coon Dog Day" festival shirt and invited all to Saluda for "barbeque and sweet tea."
Both Cass and D'Isabella pointed out the many commonalities between their cities including similar mountainous location, altitude, latitude, climate, population density and demographics. Both celebrate local food, art and music.
Cass heads the Saluda Sister City Committee and is already at work putting together interested citizens who will help make exchanges between the two cities a reality. According to Cass, Saluda is affiliating with Sister City International which provides general support, grant sources and ideas for rich cultural, educational and business exchanges.
Submitted by Judy Thompson

Summer Tracks 17th Season Starts      

The 17th season of Tryon's most popular summer event - Summer Tracks concerts have been scheduled for this season. Each summer, this well produced series attracts more than 2,000 people to Tryon's Rogers Park, drawing visitors from all over Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.
As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Audience donations along with the generous sponsorships of local businesses and individuals make these shows possible. Manna Cabana's delicious fresh food and home made ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.
Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers visit summertracks.com.

Summer Tracks 2016 Season:
June 17  The Firecracker Jazz Band (Early 20th Century Jazz including sounds of N. Orleans and Dixieland)
July 1  Jim Peterman Quintet with Stolen Hearts blues duo opening.  A great night of Blues, R&B, and Funk to get the crowd moving.
July 15 Peggy Ratusz Full On Blues (Blues, Jazz, Swing and Soul. Peggy has packed the park the past 2 years with her tributes to Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt.)
Aug 5   Gigi Dover & The Big Love One of Summer Tracks' favorite performers featuring a blend of Gypsy, Jazzy, Funky, Southern-soul and World Music. New CD is being released in June.
Aug 19 The Honeycutters Our region's favorite Americana band based in Asheville, NC is releasing their new album "On The Ropes" May, 2016
Historic Saluda

Film Premiere: Saturday, June 4, 2016!
Going Home:
Saluda's Music Traditions
A project of the Historic Saluda Committee and the Polk County Film Initiative  
"Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions," an oral history film documentary, is slated for release Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Join us at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda for an exciting evening spent celebrating Saluda's musical heritage. Music will begin at 6:30 with James Metcalf and The Colt Creek Band. After the film is shown, James and his band will play music from the film joined by Bob Whitaker. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.
The old saying is, "You can't go home again." But, maybe you can. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda. The HSC has enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda's rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present. Sure to delight, these recollections include tales of the old time square dances, shape note singing, legendary fiddle makers and players, the influence of the railroad, a ragtime pianist, gospel greats, ballad singers, musical miracles, African-American history, Coon Dog Day, a famous baritone crooner and more. Rolling into the present day, we feature contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts, and some of today's great music venues, including a visit to Studio B at Western NC's famed radio station WNCW. This film will not only appeal to Saluda's people but to folks from all walks of life who appreciate good stories, music and history, especially from a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. By the way, who says you can't go home again!
Creator and Producer: Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
Cinematographer, Writer and Editor: Kirk Gollwitzer
Associate Producer, Writer and Narrator: Martin Anderson
Creative Consultant: Carolyn Ashburn
Location Director, First Assistant Camera and Still Photography: Lavin Cuddihee
Featured from Present Day (in alphabetical order):
Martin Anderson
VeeVee Smith Blackshear
Bob Buckingham
Aaron Burdett
Susan Casey
Faye Russell Chandler
John T. "Jack" Coates, III
Pauline Gordon Corn
Pearlie Mae Suber Harris
Ellen Ogden Hefley
Anita Pace Hoots
Tim Hoots
Cathy Jackson
Roy Lee Johnson, Jr.
Dr. George Jones
Nancy "Nicky" Ogden Keller
Stoney Lamar
E. Cater Leland, Jr.
Vivian Luke
James Metcalf
Anita Ogden Moore
Leon Morgan
Todd Neel
Marvin Owings
Bill Pace
Hilda Pace
Hope Pace
Charlene Pace
Dr. Jerry "Doc" Russell
Sheila Russell
Nettie Owings Sweet
R. Clark Thompson
Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
Ammie Owings Weymer
Bob and Linda Whitaker
Featured from the Past (in alphabetical order):
Perry Como
Dr. E.B. Goelet
Marion Gordon
Mahalia Jackson
Kathleen Stephenson Jelley
George Johnson
Roy Lee Johnson, Sr.
George Washington Metcalf
Salena Middleton Metcalf
William "Billy" Morris
John Jacob Niles
MiMi Ogden
Adger Pace
Ransom Woodruff and Emily Gilbert Pace
Corneleus Pace
Dr. D. Lesesne Smith
Joseph Raymond "Joe" Stephenson
Rev. Lester Suber
Lloyd Thompson
Lola Ward
Featured Musicians (in alphabetical order):
Bob and Amy Buckingham
Aaron Burdett and Band (Jackson Dulaney, Jeff Hinkle, James Kylen)
Changed (Darren Clark, Donnie Gist, Will Hall, Robert Staley, Stephen Staley)
Doug Dacey
Alan Dillman
Cecilia Hayes
William "Bill" Holbert
Kathleen Stephenson Jelley
Phil and Gaye Johnson
J. Larry Keith (Lonesome Road Band)
James Metcalf and The Colt Creek Band (Douglas Calvin Barnes, Bob Capps, Morgan Hodge, Luke Phillips)
June Maugery
Todd Neel
Elizabeth Neely
Hannah Seng
Tellico (Aaron Ballance, Anya Hinkle, Greg Stiglets, Jed Willis)
Bob Whitaker
Various musicians from the 2015 Saluda Arts Festival
Funding provided by
Polk County Community Foundation, the Saluda Community Fund
City of Saluda
Historic Saluda Committee
Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery
WNCW, Media Sponsor
The Purple Onion
Betsy and Allen Burdett
Rhonda Corley
Anita Ogden Moore
Historic Thompson's Store
Brad and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle in memory of Kathleen Stephenson Jelley
Martin Anderson in memory of Joel Craig Anderson and John Craig Anderson
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. George Jones, Dr. Jerry "Doc" Russell, Bill Pace and E. Cater Leland, Jr.
Stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page. For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to historicsaluda.org or contact us at historicsaluda@gmail.com

E. Cater Leland, Jr.
We were saddened to learn of the recent death of E. Cater Leland, Jr. As an oral history interview participant, Cater, as everyone knew him, spent some time with us back in 2012, talking about growing up in Saluda. During his interview he placed special emphasis on his father's life, Edwin (Ed) Leland. Sr., and their partnership in the operation of the Saluda Mountain Telephone Company. Ed Leland bought the telephone company for $800 from the Appalachian State Telephone Company in 1936, which consisted of sixteen crank phones and one magneto switchboard. Though Ed was the president of the company, he was also head lineman, installer, pole cutter and setter, chief repairman, bookkeeper and even served on occasion as operator. Under Ed's direction, the Saluda Mountain Telephone Company was the first in the region to switch over to the dial system. Cater Leland joined the company in 1968 after four years at Clemson and four more as captain in the Air Force. The Lelands ran the company for fifty-four years, or until 1990 when they sold it to Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. or TDS. Cater also talked about the Charlton Leland Inn, now the Saluda Inn, which was once owned and operated by his family. Both father and son served terms as Mayor of Saluda. A favorite topic shared during his interview were memories of the old timey square dances held at the Saluda School gym. These memories are shared in our recent oral history film documentary, "Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions."
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No meetings in June. 
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  
Polk County Community Foundation acquires 430 acres along the Green River
The Polk County Community Foundation recently purchased more than 430 acres of land along the Green River in Polk County for community recreation and enrichment.
The land has rolling hills, streams and forests, and more than 2.6 miles of Green River frontage. Accessed from South Wilson Hill Road in Polk County, unpaved roads running through the property offer easy recreational access.
The purchase price of $1.3 million was half the appraised value. Because a nonprofit bought the property, the seller - a developer from Charlotte - received tax benefits for its gift of half the appraised value. The property previously was being marketed to developers.
Pictured left to right: Community Foundation board members Chuck Hearon and Martha Love, Foundation President, CEO Elizabeth Nager, board members Frances Parker and Monica Jones
Community Green LLC, an entity created by the board members of the Polk County Community Foundation, owns the property.

Many generous donations to the Community Foundation made the preservation of this land possible. The Foundation is especially appreciative of those who trusted it to identify and fund exciting charitable opportunities and left all or part of their estates to the Polk County Community Foundation to be used for community benefit.
Foundation President & CEO Elizabeth Nager and the Bradley Endowment Fund negotiated the terms of the purchase over many months. Board members made several visits to the property and were impressed by its natural beauty, the quiet, and the possibilities offered by easy access to the Green River.
The Foundation looks forward to offering recreational opportunities on this Green River property, Nager said.
"It is not open to the general public at this time," she noted. "However, we are making arrangements for local land trusts and other groups to access this appealing property. The tract has many elevations and exposures so it offers several unique habitats and microclimates which enable local species to continue to thrive on the land by moving over to the next microclimate. As large tracts of land in our area are sold for development or posted with 'no trespassing' signs, we anticipate that this many acres of land in one tract will become even more important in the future. One board discussion likened this purchase to the foresight that created the national parks we enjoy today."
Local attorney Anderson Haynes said the land acquisition is "such a creative use of the resources trusted to the Foundation."
"It is so peaceful to be away from traffic noises. We imagined star gazing at night away from bright lights," Nager said, as she summarized board discussions. "Purchased for the long-term benefit of our community, this land is an asset of the Foundation that we can look at and hike on. We are making this significant investment in the future of our community because natural areas are important to our community. The Foundation worked hard to acquire this large tract, recognizing that opportunities to acquire unspoiled land like this in our community are decreasing every day. We have seen how recreational lands have created jobs and more desirable places to live in other communities and will be seeking ways this investment in our future can benefit us now and later."
The last time the Foundation bought property for recreational use, its Bradley Fund purchased land now known as Alexander's Ford at Bradley Nature Preserve, a Polk County property listed on National Park Service maps. With that acquisition, the Foundation arranged for the County of Polk to purchase the land from Bradley Fund LLC using grant funds from various sources, including the Marjorie and Lawrence Bradley Endowment Fund of Polk County, N.C., a supporting organization related to the Foundation.
Since 1975, the Polk County Community Foundation has been dedicated to advancing philanthropy and improving the quality of life for all citizens in the community centered in and around Polk County, N.C. The Foundation receives charitable donations of all sizes from community members and then distributes grants to area nonprofits, awards scholarships to local students, manages endowment funds for local nonprofits, and administers other funds tailored to the specific charitable wishes of individual donors. Learn more by visiting polkccf.org or calling (828) 859-5314.

Submitted by Noah Wood
Share the Road
Saluda is a favorite destination for bicyclists and motorists alike, and June is the perfect time to ride and drive.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other, whether you're on a bike or in a car.  Motorists, click HERE for some tips on how to make the roads safer for everyone.  Cyclists, click HERE for tips to make your trip a little bit safer.  
Photo of Fondo Race courtesy of Mark Schmerling
News from Pearson's Falls
The picnic shelter at Pearson's Falls has a substantial new roof installed this month. It looks so much better! Come and enjoy summer at the Falls. The sound of the rushing water makes everyone cooler. The picnic shelter has tables and benches where you can enjoy your lunch or take a rest on your way to the Falls. Pack your own picnic or stop by the Wildflower Bakery in Saluda and then take the leisurely drive down Pearson's Falls Road which is just to the left of the Bakery.
There is an admission fee to Pearson's Falls & Glen. For information please call the Gate at 828-749-3031 between 10 a.m. & 5 p.m., Monday thru Sunday. Or email pearsonsfallsinfo@gmail.com.  For more information on Pearson's Falls go to our web site at pearsonsfalls.org and download the schedule of events. Pearson's Falls is part of the Tryon Garden Club.
Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC, 28773. Take Highway 176 N from Tryon about 4 miles. Watch for signs for the turn to Pearson's Falls on your left. From Saluda, take Hwy 176 east down the mountain about 3 miles. Watch for signs on the right for the turn to Pearson's Falls. Or drive down Pearson's Falls Road next to Nostalgia Courtyard opposite the school tennis courts.
Submitted by Lucy Brannon
I Remember Saluda, a Story Telling
by Charles O Hearon, Jr.

Hearon Stories reprinted from I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling with permission of Charles O. Hearon, III, son of author Charles O. Hearon, Jr. (aka Charlie "C. Boy"). This book is currently out of print.
Then There's Summer Nights
Then there's summer nights soon as it's dark, the katydids tune up and drill in your ears 'till you can't tell katydid from katydidn't. The one saying katydid is a male and the female says katydidn't. All night they will go and you learn to lie there. In your mind as you drift off to sleep, they won't go away - only if it rains will they hush.
You could be lucky and be in Saluda at the time of the full moon In May. That is whippoorwill time - no doubt a mating and territorial establishing period, but they will light on your head, on the porch, on anywhere they like and will whippoorwill till daylight comes.
And you couldn't stop them if you would and you wouldn't if you could.
Late July and August after dark the screech owl family come through the wood calling one another, and, if you are young and strong and can whistle well enough, you can call one right up close to a tree by the porch.
Later at night you could be lucky enough to wake up and hear a family of hoot owls doing the same. I never called up a hoot owl, but I've made him answer. If he hoots in the daytime, it's bad luck surely.
If you know what a "Bull Bat" is you are lucky. That is one of the grandest things I remember about Saluda. They used to come down Cases Branch's little valley a dozen at a time on their lovely graceful wings, half gliding, half power. Bull Bats feed on the wing and that's what they were doing. A graceful line, 10 to 12 birds wide, 4 to 6 deep, gliding, sweeping, turning, rising, and falling, catching bugs. We used to shoot pebbles at them with our sling shots and they, thinking the pebble was a bug, would dive at it to look it over. You know we thought we were shootin' goodl
There is a time in Saluda that has many names - it's sundown, twilight, evening time, milking time, feed-up time, and best of all bull bat time.
Adopt-A-Cat Month at Foothills Humane Society

Event: Adopt - A - Cat Month
Place: Foothills Humane Society
           989 Little Mountain Road
           Columbus, NC 28722
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs - Sat 11-5, Sun 1 - 5 and closed Wednesdays
Adoption fee for kittens are 2 for 1 and adults cats are 50% off through the month of June.
Animal Spring Fever
Should I Stay or Should I Go!
Two liberated goats found their way to Main Street and crossed over the railroad tracks following a car up Greenville Street. Soon in chase were Saludians depleting their cars of trail mix, potato chips, almonds, dog food and anything else anyone could come up with to rein in the goats. As cars started lining up Greenville Street to keep the goats safe, Miss Mac was lassoed by Jeremy Ford who held tight on her horns. Nugget decided to go on further up Greenville St while owner, Betsy Burdett who finally came to the rescue, took chase in her pickup truck. All ended well with Nugget and Miss Mac being chauffeured home in the comfort of the back seat of the pickup truck.
Daddy's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird
A baby mockingbird has adopted the gardeners at Robinson Community Garden pecking for bugs while the gardeners dig. Baby mockingbird likes to sit on the hand of the gardeners.

Turkey Crossing
Watch out for mother turkeys parading their chicks across streets in Saluda!

cathyThanks for Ten Years!
In 2006, Ruth Anderson discontinued publishing the "Saluda Signal" after 20 years of publication.

At the same time, I started a real estate business and had an idea to publish an online "e-zine" about all the things going on in Saluda. There were a lot of my clients who came from out of town, and I wanted them to know all about the wonderful community in Saluda. With encouragement from Ruth, I launched the first Saluda Lifestyles on June 1, 2006. The online publication now has more than 4,000 online subscribers.

Word got out around town about the online Saluda Lifestyles and folks started asking me to print them a copy because they didn't use computers. Because of this increasingly growing demand, a printed version was started in 2011. Thirteen to 15 generous business owners in Saluda sponsor the funding of this printed version.  Three hundred to 400 printed (seasonal) Saluda Lifestyles are distributed throughout town in public locations and are free to the community because of this generosity. More than 192 online editions have been published online on the first day of the month and middle of the month.

Working full time in real estate means that putting this together each month is mostly night time work burning the candle at both ends in the last week of a month. My co-workers have learned to avoid me during that time of the month!

When I merged my real estate business with Beverly-Hanks, I was frequently asked if I was going to continue Saluda Lifestyles. I then realized how important Saluda Lifestyles had become to the community.

The way you read Saluda Lifestyles online has changed since 10 years ago.  More than half of the online subscribers are reading Saluda Lifestyles from a mobile device. The current format being used is not "mobile friendly."  Within the next few months, I will be changing the way you receive Saluda Lifestyles online to a mobile friendly format. This will mean changes in the way the information is presented, but it will be easier to read from a mobile device.

What keeps me motivated to publish Saluda Lifestyles?  That's easy to answer.  It's because of your support, constructive feedback, contributions of articles and information, encouragement, tolerance of mistakes, friends who help with proofing and delivering, and the generous businesses in town who help fund the printed Saluda Lifestyles as a community service.

Thanks for helping me build an anthology of events and happenings in Saluda for the past ten years!

--Cathy Jackson

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -John F. Kennedy

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