Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  February 2017  
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Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Saluda Community Chorus
Business Expo
Saluda Historic Depot
The Italians are Coming
Italian Night in Saluda
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Health & Wellness
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Call for Artists
Saluda Scoop
Historic Saluda
Outdoor Adventures
Through Our Eyes
Saluda Faces
In Memory of Ruth Rhodes
In Times Gone By
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Annual Calendar of Events
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Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

 Click on the pictures to link to  Western NC MLS Listing (links may expire, visit to view featured listings.) 

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

To view all Home and Land Properties for sale in Saluda, please click here. 
New on the Market  
Relaxing 2 bedroom, two bath cottage close to down town Saluda. The peaceful front screened porch is perfect for rocking chairs and enjoying your babbling creek. Put your TLC into this cottage that has been used as a "summer camp" for many years. 2 BR, 2BA, MLS#3237801, $130,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Cabin in the woods with mountain view on 8 acres. Finish basement to make more heating area space, already plumbed for bath. 45 x 45 Morton building with full bath, heat source, and electricity could be quest house or a barn. Morton building has its own septic system and parking. Most of 8 acres can be cleared for pasture or gardens. Easy access to both Saluda and Hendersonville. MLS#3232779, $365,000.
Lake Sheila A Frame with stone fireplace to cozy up to on a cool winter night.1-ac level lot adjoins preserved watershed. Master on the main. Partial finished basement for extra sleeping quarters and recreation.Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating in 28 ac pristine, private mountain lake. MLS#3232826, $237,800.


In town cottage within walking distance of downtown Main Street for shopping and dining. Put your touches on old fashioned kitchen, turn den into 3rd bedroom or enlarge master bedroom. Full daylight basement with 1-car garage and separate area with woodstove could be finished as family area or rec room. Beautiful native landscaping. 2BR, 1BA, .58 ac., unfinished basement, MLS#3207263, $253,500
One mile to Historic Downtown Saluda with casual yet elegant living with screened & covered decks for entertaining and viewing outstanding mountain vistas. Experience outdoor living spaces, home theater, workout room, meditation room & heated yoga room. Drive into the 4 car garage and take the elevator up to the main living area. Cobblestone driveway leads to beautifully landscaped yard and your dream home. 3BR, 3BA, 4310SF, MLS#3208067, $1,125,000
Lake Sheila Property - Make your next vacation or full time home at this hidden gem mountain lake in western NC. Lake cottage ready to move in, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, & hardwood floors.2BR, 2BA, MLS#3198992, $249,800

Quality construction and beautiful convenient location. This warm and inviting home welcomes from the rocking chair front porch to the kitchen, keeping room and screened deck.  Additional finished space over garage with separate entrance ideal for guests or studio. 4 minutes to Saluda, Ingles and I-26. MLS#3211620, $305,000
Make this your family compound with three small cabins on small mountain lake.Great rental investment. 4 ac, MLS#3167729, $205,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Lookinlake sheilag 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 
NEW! Lake Sheila, 1.21 ac MLS#3213167, $85,000
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $65,000, MLS#510462
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000

Saluda City Lots 
NEW! .96 ac, Ozone Commercial, MLS#3213577, $125,000
.46 ac, MLS#3151228, $73,500
.56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000 
.23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000
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
.87 ac, level and rolling, MLS#566466, $38,400
 2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 
NEW! 1.03 acres, just outside city limits, MLS#3244790, $55,000
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
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, $205,000 

Looking for a Fall/Winter 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 January 31, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017        8          13                           

Homes 2016        4           0       


Land 2017           0          3

Land 2016           2          0  


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

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


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit Beverly-Hanks Saluda to see all Saluda Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.  

Saluda Service Directory
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association regular monthly meeting is canceled in February.
Saluda Community Land Trust will  meet first Wednesday of the month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Saluda Downtown Foundation will meet 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Saluda Library
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet Friday, February 10, 2pm at Saluda Library.
Sing! With The Saluda Community Singers,
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church, 396 Irving Street. Everyone is welcome to a Chorus Concert at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, February 3 at 7pm. 
Saluda Garden Club, will meet February 20 at 10am at the Saluda Library parking lot for trip to BB Barnes.
Saluda Welcome Table at the Saluda Methodist Church every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Everyone is welcome.

Brown Bag-Available, February 17, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church and the Saluda Fire Department. 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 Center Potluck and Bingo, February 27 at 6pm.
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.

February 20, 2017
Saluda Community Chorus

Business Expo in Saluda

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
Tryon * Landrum * Columbus * Saluda
Invites You to Join Your Friends at the
4th Annual
Business & Community Expo
February 25, 2017
12pm - 5 pm
The Party Place & Event Center, 221 Friendship Church Road, Saluda, NC
Why Attend?
Meet the Local Businesses That Serve Your Community
Retail * Services * Recreation * Non-Profit
Win prizes! Free Tote Bags! Grand Prize Giveaway - A Kindle Fire!
"One community...One economy"
Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Opens in March with exciting new exhibits!
  • New G-Scale Southern Railroad Livery track with locomotive and cars running the perimeter of the main passenger area.
  • How the West Was Won permanent display
Saluda Train Tales returns March 17 with Bob Loehne.
Bob produced the video, "America's Hometown" in the 1980's and was a common sight in Saluda for a month while filming the people of Saluda.
Check out current exhibits and events at
Admission is always free and voluntary donations are appreciated.  Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal at website.
Annual Membership Campaign Launched
The Saluda Historic Depot is launching an annual membership drive. Individual memberships are $25 and include a 10% discount on non-consigned items, souvenirs, T-shirts, books, posters, and other gift items. This is an opportunity for all Saludians to fulfill the the vision for Saluda's landmark treasure. Please send your $25 membership to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "2017 Membership." A membership decal will be sent to you.
Volunteer Coordinator Position Available
10$/Hour independent contractor
Hours: March-December, noon to 4pm, Thursday - Sunday. Some holidays. To apply, please call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958, email
Volunteers Needed in the Spring!
We need volunteers for 2 hours per week, Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 4. This is the best way to learn the history of Saluda and meet people from all over the world. Please consider volunteering and learning more about your home town by becoming part of the Saluda Historic Depot & Museum.
Please contact Anita Moore, Volunteer Coordinator by email or cell 404-626-2090. You can also talk with Judy Ward at Thompson's Store 828-749-2321.
For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or

The board of the SHD realizes that many Saludians and visitors would like to know what they can do to help with the depot. We have put together a "Wish List" of items and services that we need. Items should be new or in good useable condition.
  • 10 X 8 Storage Shed
  • Vintage or appropriate period ceiling fans with lighting
  • 3 Exterior glass doors
Thanks to Todd Parris, Parris Guttering for donating his labor and installing new commercial grade gutters on the depot.
Donations to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2017 will enable us to receive matching grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation.

Save these Dates
New Southern RR Livery train running in main room in March
Saluda Train Tales with Bob Loehne, producer of "America's Hometown" March 17
Concert and hors d'oeuvres at Orchard Inn March 26
All Fools Night at Back Alley Bar with Silent Auction April 1
Saluda Train Tales 3rd Friday every month March - December
Annual Golf Tournament October 9
The Italians are Coming!
Did you know that Saluda, NC and Carunchio, Italy are now SISTER CITIES?   The city councils of each town have adopted the other and several Saludians are working to develop connections between the two mountain villages and to prepare for upcoming visitors from Carunchio.  
Two Carunchio residents, Massimo Criscio and Chef Dino Paganelli, will be visiting Saluda between February 13 and 19. Preparations are under way to show them our city and give them opportunities to share their knowledge and love of Italy with us.  The Purple Onion is planning a wine tasting with typical wine of the Abruzzo region including its famous Montepulciano wines.  Massimo and Dino are both certified Italian sommeliers. They will introduce the wine and tell stories of wine growing in the region.  Massimo himself has vineyards and produces fine red wines served at his cooking school in Carunchio. 
In the spring, the Mayor of Carunchio and a delegation of 5 more citizens will be coming to Saluda.  We are planning many events to introduce them to our town.  If you want to get involved and help, please contact Judy Thompson at 828-489-6578.
The Italians are coming and we are celebrating!
Two representatives from Saluda's sister city, Carunchio, in Abruzzo, Italy, will be with us in February and we are planning a party! Massimo Criscio, owner, and Dino Paganelli, executive chef, at a cooking school and vacation destination in Carunchio will be here in advance of an expected spring visit by the Carunchio Mayor and a delegation of local citizens.
Join us for ITALIAN NIGHT at Lola's Celebration Venue above Thompson's Store on 24 Main Street in Saluda on Friday, February 17th at 6:30. We will honor our Sister City with a foray into the culture of Abruzzo. There will be:
  • Tasting of the Zaccagnini wine from Abruzzo carried by Thompson's Store and led by Massimo who is an Italian sommelier and who will offer thoughts on how you evaluate a new wine and how to choose foods to pair with wine.
  • Appetizers of typical Abruzzo small plates called cicchetti offered by Chef Dino
  • A pasta course from Chef Dino
  • Typical Italian desserts prepared by our Carunchio-trained local folks with a featured chocolate treat by Chef Dino
  • A cooking demo by Chef Dino on making Abruzzo style appetizers and showing how to make some foods from the buffet
  • Recipe for a simple and delicious Pomodoro sauce along with recipes for the food prepared by Chef Dino and for the desserts
  • A photo trip through Carunchio and Abruzzo narrated by Massimo
  • A description of the program at the cooking school that so many Saludians have attended for the last three years (and discount coupons for 45% off for those who want to go).
  • A stunning display of original Italian countryside paintings by local artists celebrating the Italian countryside and offered for sale at very reasonable prices
  • Italian music and maybe a little singing to top off the night
It will be an evening to remember and a great beginning to our relationship with Carunchio.
Tickets are available by reservation only from Thompson's store or by calling Judy Ward at 828-749-2321 or (828) 674-5958. Reservations must be made by February 10 and seating is limited. Cost is $25 and is designed to cover the costs of food and a tasting glass of the wine. Any profit over expenses will go to the events for the Sister City program and events for the Carunchio Mayor and his delegation this spring. An open cash bar will offer wine, beer and soft drinks.
Many of your fellow citizens are working to make this a special evening for Saluda and for our Italian guests. Please join us!
CityCity Notes

That's the number of bricks we need to make the next 100 to be laid in the spring. Place your brick order to give thanks, memorialize a loved one, or put your company name on a brick showing your support!    
Bricks are only $40, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Great Chirstmas present that lives on forever! 
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  

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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 February calendar. For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 2 at 2 pm to discuss Guests on Earth by Lee Smith. All are welcome to attend.
It's 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, a mental institution known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital's most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses the cascading events leading up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them.
Author Lee Smith has created, through her artful blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart-a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, tragedy and transformation, are luminously intertwined.
The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs, Feb. 9 at 5pm. Our group is for men and women over the age of 40. If you have a partner or are separated, we consider you single. Just bring a dish of your choice for all of us to share. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.
Community potluck and bingo will be Feb. 27 at 6pm. Bring a dish and have fun.

Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained SHIIP volunteer, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245.

There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.   
A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Call (828) 393-7891 to volunteer or for more information.
If you are home-bound and cannot prepare meals, if you know of someone who needs meals brought to them, or if you are recovering from recent surgery and are 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.
Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.
If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.   
Saluda Community Land Trust
The Robinson Community Garden signup meeting will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6 PM. At the Saluda Community Land Trust Office located on Carolina Street in the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. A sign will be posted outside the building.
Any questions please call Dave or Marilyn Prudhomme at 828 749 9172 or email

The gardening year starts on March 1st and goes through November 30th. The cost for a 20 x 20 foot plot is $3 for the season Short on time this year? How about sharing a plot with a friend? Or consider renting a 20 ft. row for $5.

The Saluda Community Land Trust which sponsors the Robinson Community Garden is offering the following informational service to both new and experienced gardeners who reserved a plot in the Community Garden for 2017. Walter Hoover has volunteered to help anyone who would like some hands-on practical guidance now or later in the growing season. He will work with them on an individual basis in the garden. The objective of this outreach is to increase production and enjoyment of the garden plots for an extended growing season.  Learn about soil preparation, inter-planting, succession planting, weed control and other gardening techniques that can increase success and satisfaction. To make arrangements any time, you may call Walter at 828-749-5846 or email
Moody Property
Both January volunteer days for Moody were canceled due to rain and snow.  We will volunteer again the first Saturday (February 4th) the first Tuesday (February 7) beginning at 10 am. We look forward to seeing some new faces.  Bring lunch. Questions ? call John Savage for answers,  828-749-3906,  cell 828-545-3634.
Annual Meeting
Save the Date! SCLT Annual Meeting is Wednesday April 26 at 6:00. Help us celebrate 10 years of keeping Saluda green and protected.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month 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. Meeting is February 1.
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 reserve 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 We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club has planned an exciting event for February. We have scheduled a trip to BB Barnes Garden Center in Arden, NC. BB Barnes has been in business for 28 years and has an outstanding selection of quality plants, garden supplies, gifts, great customer service and much more. We are lucky to have scheduled a seminar on colorful cool weather container gardening for Monday, February 20th. Please meet at the Saluda Library parking lot for a 10:00a.m. departure to Arden. We always welcome visitors to join our outings and/or meetings. Hope to see our members and guests on the 20th for a great outing and the opportunity to learn from the experts at BB Barnes.
Please note some events may be cancelled or rescheduled 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 February.
Women's Club
Ladies!There is a wonderful place to celebrate Valentine's Day this year! The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, February 14th at 10 AM, in the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Come join us for an informative program from Mary Ann Hester on SLIP, Saluda Living in Place. You will want to hear all about this wonderful group and how they can help residents of Saluda remain in their own homes when they age or have special needs! Following the program, you are invited to enjoy delicious snacks and goodies provided by some of our members!
Not just a social club, the Women's Club of Saluda works together to serve our community raising monies to assist college-bound students, those returning to school to further their education, as well as helping our community agencies!  We need ladies who have a heart for others!  We need ladies with the gift of organization!  We need ladies who love to cook or bake!  We need ladies who love to raise money!  We need ladies who simply love to give back to this wonderful town where we are so fortunate to live!  In other words, we need EACH of you and your gifts and talents!  Bring a Friend--Bring TWO Friends!  Come prepared to meet others, learn more, serve and assist Saluda--all while being blessed in the process!
Health and Wellness

Soulshine Yoga
Special for February!!!
One 1-hour massage and all you can enjoy yoga for 30 days $100.

Soulshine offers our community classes where each person can embark on their own personal journey of strength and flexibility, peace and love.  Please join us as we grow together, weaving a community of loving support and healthy living!
Monday    8:30 a.m.  Core/flow
Tuesday   9:30 a.m.  Foundational Yoga
Thursday  9:30 a.m.  Foundational Yoga
                6 p.m. Gentle Yin Yoga
Friday      8:30 a.m.  Core/flow
NEW CLASS!!!!!  Sunday  9 a.m.  Yoga with Star $12

Please visit for more information on classes and massage or call Dori Ray at 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.
Soulshine welcomes all levels of yoga experience.  All classes are adaptable to your ability.
Conveniently located at 144 W. Hwy. 176, across from Green River BBQ.
At Saluda Center
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT
Gentle Yin Yoga 
Wednesday 12:30pm
Friday         9:30am
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 (864) 326-8923.  

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

Click here for directions to the Saluda Center. 64 Greenville, St.  
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
Here's the Scoop for February Events at Saluda Elementary School:

Show support and love to your Bus Driver during the week of February 13-17. Thank you Mrs. Boone, Mr. Ron and Ms. Sheila for safely transporting our students every day! Students and families share your appreciation of your Bus Driver by doing something special for them such as words of thanks, smiles, and/or cards.
Help Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry tackle hunger in Polk County by bringing canned items to Saluda School before February 8.  
Here's the Scoop for February Events at Saluda Elementary School:
Feb. 1: Aesop's Fables Assembly at 2pm in the auditorium
Feb. 2: FENCE will present "Ecosystems" to 5th graders
Feb. 3:   Due: Payment for student portrait package or return the portrait package
Feb. 6-10: Yearbook Pre-Sale $20.00
Feb. 10: Interim Reports go home
Feb. 13: School Board Meeting at 6:30pm at Stearns in Columbus
Feb. 13-17: School Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Feb. 14: School Dance in the gym (K-2 at 2:00 & 3-5 at 2:30)
Feb. 17: Community For Children (C4C) meeting at 9am in the cafeteria
FENCE will present "FENCE Comes Alive" to Kindergarten students            
Feb. 21: Super Saturday performance 9am in the auditorium
Feb. 20-24: Box Top Collection Week
Feb. 21-24: Ms. Sheila and Mrs. Drake will be in California representing Saluda School for
our National Title 1 Distinguished School recognition honor for high performance
Feb. 23: Battle of the Book competition at PCMS at 11am for participating 4th and 5th graders
Feb. 27:   Today is a regular school day. We are making up a snow day.
Feb. 28: Top Cat awards will be announced on the Morning News Show
Visit our school website at: 
Cari Maneen, Principal

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! 

Because student safety is of utmost importance, please do not enter school premises or grounds while school is in session. 
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library
Teen Scene for teens in grades 6-12 is at Saluda Library on Mondays at 4pm. Come for free snacks and activities!
Feb 6 - Cooking Class
Jimmi Buell from Polk County's Cooperative Extension department will teach a cooking class. Then we'll eat!
Feb 13 - Valentine's Party
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends!
Feb 20 - Little Free Libraries
Help sand and decorate the Little Free Libraries that will be installed around Saluda and Polk County.
Feb 27 - Cloud Lamps
Make an awesome lamp for your room using cotton and LED lights.

S.T.A.G. (Saluda Teen Advisory Group) meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. Join us on February 1 to share your ideas for upcoming teen programs and the teen space that is being created in the library.
We have a free craft class for adults at the Saluda Library on the second Monday of every month at 2pm. Join us on February 13 for a Valentine's Day card workshop with guidance from a local Stampin' Up demonstrator! All materials will be provided free of charge. Registration is encouraged; please email or call (828) 749-2117.

Call (828) 749-2117 or visit for more info on this month's craft.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Church Services & Events

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 
The Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson, rector 
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I 9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Melinda McDonald
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Congratulations Ray and Linda!
On Wednesday December 21, 2016, Linda Laughter and Ray Prague were married at the
M. A. Pace General Store. Reverend Jim Jackson of Tryon officiated the ceremony. Saluda City Councilman Leon Morgan and Mayor Fred Baisden were in attendance and witnessed this special occasion. Linda and Ray have always loved Saluda and its rich history. So they decided that M. A. Pace General Store would be the perfect place for the ceremony. Since Linda's family ties go back over 300 years because she is a descendant of Burrell Pope Pace. Ray has been a familiar face in Saluda for many years. Ray is a renowned artist often seen in town painting portraits of Saluda's main streetscape. We at the M. A. Pace Store would like to congratulate this happy couple.

Submitted by Tangie Morgan
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


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102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
Saluda Classifieds

House Cleaning
House cleaning husband and wife team. One time cleaning, weekly, biweekly, monthly, vacation rentals. We work part-time at the Billy Graham Training Center in housekeeping and setting up dining hall for guests. We live in Saluda 828-489-1592.
Private Music Lessons
Private piano, guitar, voice, and violin lessons. I come to you. 20 yrs teaching private music lessons. Call Rob Herbst 828-489-1592.

One-Bedroom Apartment for Rent at Lake Sheila.
Fully furnished.Weekend $500 or Week $750. Call for longer term rates. Call 843-442-2029.
Dan the Computer Tamer
What Is Your Biggest Technology Frustration? Let Dan the Computer Tamer help! Coaching on computers and smart devices. Home networking. Repairs, upgrades and customizations. Affordable service in your home in Saluda and surrounding areas. Daniel Schmitt, 336-565-6336
Free Organ - Saluda United Methodist Church is giving away a Lowrey Genius, Digital Stereo Rhythm Gx Organ. If interested, please call 828-749-3789.
Experienced Cleaning!
Have openings for "once a month" cleanings. Will consider other types of cleaning jobs as well. Moving jobs, Holiday cleanings, "Spring" cleanings!  Deep, detailed cleanings. Will also do "post construction" jobs.  Call for an appointment to give an estimate. I charge by the job, not by the hour.  Kathie Mobley 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, (864)326-8923.
Saluda Pet Sitter.  Three years of 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 (864)326-8923 .
Healing Massage
Give a gift to 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.
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Savoring Saluda 
A red glow penetrates the thick fog enveloping the landscape of Saluda as the warm spring-like showers wash the fog away. Most of January felt like early spring and predictions for February are a mix of below average temps and snow along with mild temps and rain...much like January.
No matter the weather (or Mr. Groundhog's prediction on February 2), Saludians will savor the best of Saluda's restaurants on Valentine's Day and guests will enjoy romantic weekends in its charming B&B's and cabins. The sports enthusiasts will enjoy champagne toasts at the Gorge Zipline or hiking the beautiful trails that offer so many winter wonders not seen in full foliage.
Saluda's unique boutiques, galleries, and gift shops are great places to shop for that special loved one while experiencing nostalgic days of times gone by.
With February comes a lot of planning for upcoming spring and summer events while Saludians get ready for a busy tourist season. Gardeners and farmers are pruning, trimming, and preparing the soil for spring planting to be ready for Saluda's Tailgate Market in May.

The folks at the Saluda Historic Depot & Museum are lining up speakers for their monthly Saluda Train Tales starting in March, and the Saluda Business Association has launched a call for artists for the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival.
As the slower pace of winter passes, locals savor Saluda's restaurants and music at the Purple Onion or the Saluda Grade and enjoy a relaxing and friendly time with friends and neighbors.
There is a sense of belonging to something special this time of year, and this is a comforting secret that is kept from summer visitors and tourists.
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion

Oyster & Pint Nights
Every Monday and Tuesday we feature oysters on the half shell, raw or roasted and $3 pints.
Valentine's Day
Originally a liturgical celebration of early Christian saints, St Valentine's Day became associated with courtly love in the Middle Ages and for several centuries has been the day set aside to offer expressions of love to our beloved. For obvious reasons, Valentine's Day is a significantly more important occasion to some of us than others. It's okay. If you are single and have a hankering for beer and some of the sweet briny oysters we've been enjoying this winter, come on in, take a seat at the bar and enjoy the camaraderie. If you are looking for a romantic night with your valentine, we will be featuring a selection of Valentine's Day specials and of course Champagne, oysters and chocolate will be plentiful. Make your reservation soon.

Mardi Gras Party
Sunday, February 26 At The Purple Onion
Featuring Holy Ghost Tent Revival
The  Purple Onion is pleased to welcome Holy Ghost Tent Revival for a Mardi Gras Party on February 26. We're moving the tables out to the patio where you can enjoy heaping bowls of gumbo, red beans and rice or one of our gourmet pizzas from 5 - 6:30 and then the band begins at 7. Wear a mask, beads, green, purple, gold, a costume or come as you are but you ought to come see Holy Ghost Tent Revival! Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased  online or by calling the Purple Onion at 749-1179.
After nine years, four records, and a handful of genres, Holy Ghost Tent Revival's sound has arrived. Along with the rhythm section's Stax-like groove, three and four-part harmonies echo the Beatles one moment and prime-era Motown the next, while a horn section rooted in classic Memphis soul prompted comparisons by NPR to The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. 

It's a long way from the banjo-driven fireball of ragtime and swing energy that boldly set the band apart from its folk rock resurgence peers in 2007, but the dance party vibe of those early days lives on at each raucous show. 

Formed in the Greensboro College dorms, Stephen Murray (guitar/vocals), Matt Martin (lead guitar/vocals), Kevin Williams (bass/keys/vocals), Hank Widmer (trombone/clarinet/keys), Charlie Humphrey (keys/trumpet) and Ross Montsinger (drums) now call Asheville, North Carolina home. 

The addition of vocalist/guitarist Dulci Ellenberger as well as a new focus on multi-instrumentalism that brings synths and a second trumpet into the mix was captured on the band's latest EP, Summer Jelly, and soon caught the ears of such acts as Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. 

In turn, these renowned groups invited Holy Ghost Tent Revival to energize their crowds and the showmanship the septet displayed was that of a band primed to headline its own national main stage tours.

Coming up Next Month:
Wines from Willamette Valley Wine Tasting
Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30
After a recent trip to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, during which we visited five beautiful wineries and vineyards, we came back inspired to share several of these wines with you, our fellow wine lovers. On Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 we will be tasting seven of these wines as well as sharing some photos of Oregon's beautiful wine country. The cost for the evening will be $49 and includes a taste of each wine as well as several small dishes also inspired by our trip and chosen to pair nicely with the wines. Make your reservation soon as seating is limited.
Live Music Calendar in February
"She's one of my favorite singers." Emmylou Harris
A favorite roots Americana band is back with their earthy music about the south.
High lonesome Appalachian blues and soul.
February 11 - Peggy Ratusz 
Jazz, blues, swing, standards. She does it all.
February 16 - Red Hot Sugar Babies
Sassy jazz and sultry blues from the 20s & 30s.
February 18 - West End String Band 
Great bluegrass with an Americana twist.
February 23 - Michael Wilson Knowles 
The rock and roll traveler from Charlotte.
February 25 - Sally & George 
Joel Timmons and Shelby Means are back.
Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.

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

Green River Brew Depot 
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.
 *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 or on Facebook.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
The Dancer's Extension
The Dancer's Extension will be holding snow make-up classes from January on Saturday, February 4.  All classes will be held on a regular schedule this month, unless we get more snow!  The Dancer's Extension is closed during winter weather.  We continue to build choreography for our Spring Concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 20.  This month, pictures and descriptions of the costumes are revealed to the students during the week of Valentine's Day.  We also play our annual "Valentine Hearts" choreography game that week, helping to build additional dance phrases for our Spring Concert pieces.  We love to dance at The Dancer's Extension!
Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook 

Jim Carson AIS
Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp
Because of the long waiting list for the January workshop, Jim Carson, AIS, will offer the same workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp", on Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4, 2017. This indoor painting workshop will provide a good learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of contemporary impressionist painting.
There will be an emphasis on values, temperature, and design, as well as bold and spontaneous brushwork.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.

Jim has also scheduled an indoor workshop for June 8-10, titled "Painting the Town/ Mastering the Cityscape", which will include a brief, but helpful, discussion on perspective, and another for Oct. 19-21, titled "Plein Air/Painting Fall from Life". It is recommended, but not required, that students take one of Jim's indoor workshops as a prerequisite to the one in Plein Air. It is helpful to have a grasp of the fundamentals before moving to the outside elements

Jim is a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast(PAPSE), an Associate member of Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at, email or call 828-749-3702.
Bill Jameson 2017 Workshops
"Working LARGE without Fear" workshop
February 16-18, 2017,
Saluda NC
This three day workshop will be an intensive exploration of handling of a large canvas. Leave your comfort zone and enjoy working on a little or a lot larger than your usual sizes. Become adept at making larger as well as better paintings and discover why some compositions are meant to be small works and others translate beautifully into a larger format. Participants may work in any or all media and will receive a materials list upon registration.
North Carolina
5/11-5/13/17 "Spring on the Blue Ridge"
10/23-10/27/17 "Fall on the Blue Ridge"
7/27-7/29/17 "Painting in Cashiers, NC"
South Carolina
2/23-2/15/17 "Exploring Light"
3/16-3/17/17 Anderson Arts Center
Please join us any of these dates and locations and for more information please email or visit Bill can also be reached at 828-749-3101.
Call for Artists
14th Annual Saluda Arts Festival
  Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 
  Historic Downtown
Saluda, NC
   May 20, 2017  
10am - 4pm
Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 20, 2017.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  
Exhibit Fee:  $100 
Entry Deadline:  March 17, 2017
Download application by visiting and linking to the Saluda Arts Festival page.
For questions, please contact Alexia Boyd at or Mary Meyland-Mason at or 817-946-1284.
Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.   
To check business open hours or updates to schedules, please visit and click on business website or Saluda, NC Facebook page. 
The Gorge Zipline 
Need an absolute win this Valentine's Day? Be the adventurous couple...go zip The Gorge! Their Valentine's Day zips come with a champagne toast!

You can book your trip online at or over the phone at 828-749-2500.
Random Arts & Apparel
"It makes so much sense to shop and live near places that actually mean things to people
; places that have a real effect on communities.  You can feel when someone really cares about the neighborhood in which they are running a business."
In our Boutique....Our bi-annual buying trip is scheduled for this month as well, and we plan to have all new, cutting edge, fun & funky women's wear arriving the 1st of March. It is always an exciting time for us!
ZenDoodle continues in February on Tues. 7th and Tues. 28th 10am till noon.
February finds us creating Valentine Cards on Friday, Feb. 10 from 1-3. All supplies and instructions are included for the $20 fee. 
Shop hours are generally Thurs., Fri., and Sat. during the winter; however inclement weather and travel days may affect that. Please call if you are driving from a distance.
Random Arts is happily located S.O.M.S (slightly off Main St.) and just one mile from I-26 on the left. Look for the brightly colored building and the big Random Arts sign. 481 Louisiana Ave
You can also find us online with updates on our upcoming workshops and events. 
Contact us by email: or by phone: 828-749-1165
For up to date info, find us on  Facebook 
Happily located "S.O.M.S." Slightly off Main Street at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana

This month brings in a change for Sassafras, as the owner Joann Collins, who opened the store in October of 2014, and has been a successful boutique owner for the last 42 years, will be retiring. We wish her the best in her retirement!
Connie Scicluna, the manager of store for the last 2 years, will be taking over ownership beginning
in March. Joann has also sold Sassafras's sister store, The Grapevine, located in Burnsville, North Carolina, to Caty Carlin. She will also be taking over ownership of the store in March. We wish her success in her new business!
We are closed this month for a winter break, and a bit of redecorating, and we will reopen on March 10th!
As always, we Thank You for your patronage, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
 We are located at 46 East Main Street, next to The Saluda Grade Café. You can reach us at 828-749-2379.
Joann, Connie, and Catherine
We're located at:  46 East Main Street, Saluda, NC  28773. In between The Saluda Grade Café, and The Pottery. Store Phone: 828-749-2379

The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
We are back from vacation and looking forward to welcoming you all to our lovely historic property, newly upgraded and sparkling from a month of deep cleaning. February is a month for romance, and the Orchard Inn is the perfect place to celebrate with your loved one! During Valentine's Day weekend (from February 10th thru the 14th) we're offering a great deal on a romantic getaway package at our cozy bed and breakfast, including:   a 2 night stay in one of our luxurious, charming rooms upstairs in the Inn, dinner for two at Newman's Restaurant, 2 complimentary glasses of champagne, couples massage, chocolate covered strawberries, and a dozen roses. All for only $785 for a Queen Bedroom and $835 for a King Bedroom. 
And at Newman's Restaurant we'll be serving a fabulous Valentine's menu on February 9th, 10th, 11th and 14th:
First Course Poached Lobster, Crab Roe Soup, Sherry-Celery Leaf Foam, Old Bay Cracker or Hydroponic Greens, Strawberries, Stilton Cheese, Chocolate Sourdough Croutons, Sunflower Seeds, Pickled Beets, Chocolate Vinaigrette or Cana de Oveja Sheep's Milk Cheese, Honeycomb, Olive Tapenade, Pickled Strawberries, Aged Balsamic, Lavash 
Second Course Chef's Selection of Raw Oysters, Radish Mignonette, Green Tomato Cocktail Sauce or Smoked Sunburst Farm's Rainbow Trout, Crème Fraiche, Sweet Potato Dauphinoise, Charred Fennel or Veal Fregnacce, Roasted Turnips, Gremolata, Collard Greens 
Third Course Braised Mills Farms Beef Short Ribs, Sweet Potato Cannelloni, Grilled Broccolini, Garlic Chips or Pan Seared Colorado Lamb Chops, Turnip Gnudi, Butternut Squash Puree, Tatsoi Cabbage, Pickled Rutabaga, Lamb Jus or Poussin Ballotine, Yukon Au Gratin, Chinese Cabbage, Crab Apple Jus or Pan Seared Halibut, Yukon Potato "Risotto", Charred Fennel, Collard Greens, Saffron Fumet 
Dessert Coconut Tres Leches Cake, Toasted Meringue, Toasted Coconut, Coconut Ice Cream or Rose Water Crème Bruleè, Pecan Biscotti, Whipped Cream or Chocolate Truffle Cake, Sabayon, Cherry Ice Cream - $69.95 pp ++

Call now to book a table for Valentine's Day Dinner, while there's still space available 828-749-5471.

For more information and reservations, please call 828.749.5471. Visit and like Newman's Restaurant on Facebook. Like us on Facebook
They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC.  
thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Lola's Celebration Venue

(Thompson's  Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)

Recipe of the Month - Country Meatloaf 
Ingredients: bread crumbs, 1/2 milk, 1 egg, 1 pound Certified Angus Beef ground chuck, 1 pound of Charlie's sausage and 1 jar of Old Mule BBQ sauce or Hogback Mtn. Jalapeño BBQ sauce. Mix all together and bake in oven on 350 for 30 minutes. Delicious!
Valentine's at Thompson's Store
Prepare that romantic dinner with Ribeyes on sale for Valentine's at $12.99 per pound.
Just in time for your sweetheart, we have a new supply of Van's Chocolates to pair with your favorite wine at the store.  
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.

Thrifty Tuesday 10% off your purchase of $25.00 and more.
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, 7:00am to 3pm
Closed on Sunday until April
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 
Lola's is located above Thompson's Store at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. 

Saluda Grade Café
Open Tuesday, February 14th 5-9 with Live Music provided by Phil Garrett and Dave McCurry
Wednesday-Saturday 11-3 Lunch
Wednesday - Saturday 5-9 Dinner
Sunday 11-7
Saluda Grade Café celebrates Love all month long! We have Date Night Sweetheart Specials each week! We will post them every week on Facebook so you can "make a date".   Our Valentine's Special Menu starts Friday, February 10 and goes through Tuesday February 14th! Don't forget to make your Valentine's Reservations!!! Remember, too, love is for everyone...your best group of friends, your Mom and Dad, your kids! We can make everyone feel loved!
Live music every Friday at 7 by our very own Saluda Grade Band!!
Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers play on Saturday, February 11th at 7!
Phil Garrett and Dave McCurry play Tuesday, February 14 at 7!
Thursday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day...Lets Do some Ground "Hog" Burgers...Bradley Farms ground pork on our house made bun with all the fixings ...Yum!
Saturday, the 4th is thank your Mail Carrier day....if you're a post carrier come have lunch on us! (Cindy Keeter this includes you!!)
February 5th is Super Bowl Sunday order your snack food and we'll get it ready for pick up. Arrangements can be made for delivery on orders enough for a party!
Watching the big game at the Green River Brew Depot? We are now doing their Pub Food!
Hot Smoked Wings......6 for 7.25 -- 12 for 13.00
Buffalo Style or Garlic Parmesan
Bacon Wrapped Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Popper
House Made Southern Style Pimento Cheese filled Jalapenos wrapped with House Made Garlic Pepper Bacon - 7.50
Sliders .....2 for 8.50 -- add another for 3.00
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Mayo, Mustard and Catsup
Pork BBQ Slider.....2 for 6.25--add another for 3.00
Nachos.....Chili, Cheese, Jalapenos, Salsa and Sour Cream 10
Crazy Squirrel Salad -- Large 9.50 -- Small 4.75
Crispy Mixed Greens with Oranges, Dried Cranberries, Sweet and Spicy Pecans and Round Mountain Goat
Cheese, Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette.
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. We call that take your Neighbor or your Mom and Dad a Chicken Pot Pie Day! Call us anytime that week and we will have yours ready...oh and you could be nice to yourself too and pick up one for your own dinner!
Now booking caterings for 2017. If you have a wedding or event you need catered we would love to sit down with you and design a menu to fit your party! Please call soon our event calendar is filling up!
All of us at Saluda Grade Café Love you and hope your February is full of Joy! It is a pleasure and a Joy to serve you!
Green River BBQ 
Spring is just around the corner and we are already planning for a great year!

We still have our very affordable daily specials. We also have all our beer and wine on special. We rotate our 12 local draft beer selections weekly including your favorite seasonal offerings.
Come in and try something off our very popular Street Taco Menu or a Steamy Bowl of homemade soup! 

We hand patty Black Angus beef for our extra large Burgers. Order one any way you like it cooked with any topping that you would like. Includes our wonderful crunchy French fries!
Our Winter Hours:
Monday's-Thursday, 11am-8PM
Friday & Saturday, 11am-9pm
Sunday, Noon-8pm
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   
Wildflour Bakery 
WE ARE OPEN! Our first day is Wednesday, Feb. 1 and YES -- we will be open for pizza, too.  Please stop by to check out all our hard work.  Not only is this a fine and friendly crew that can bake a mean scone, pies, sticky buns and more -- they can scrub, paint, move heavy equipment and keep each other laughing.  We would also like to add a huge THANK YOU for the outstanding work done by Scott Pace and his crew (Cassandra, Ryan, and Sherman).  They have done the impossible.  Reliable, considerate and dedicated -- we were so fortunate to have their help.
One more "thank you" to Ike Dickson for his work on all our tables....they are wonderful. After a bad experience with paint from a big chain store, we were advised to try Merrell Paint and Decorating on Greenville Hwy.  We will never again go anywhere else!  We look forward to seeing you all again.

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 for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda.  We had great fun in December and January sewing and cutting dog and cat rugs for donating.  "On Our Front Porch" (our 27 year old service project located on the property at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda) collected used towels, sheets, blankets, etc. and made dog and
cat mats for Bonnie Brae Veterinary and the Columbus Foothills Humane Society.   We love our furry pets and were happy to help donate supplies to keep other pets warm and comfortable.  
For the next month we are collecting seeds to donate to gardening programs.  If you have any seeds, seed catalogs or left over gardening materials such as potting soil, pots, garden tools, and so forth, drop them off "On Our Front Porch" (at our Meanwhile's Local Market Shop next door to the Wildflour Bake Shop) and we will pass them along. 
Thank you again for the cards, flowers, prayers and messages to our Mom, Mary Ann Asbill, and family.  We appreciate all the support.
Stop by our shop and take a look at the new local crafts and art made by the Meanwhile team and other local artists! 

Meanwhile's Indoor Farm Store
Roses are red,
Violets blue,
Visit our shop
And see what is new!

Happy Valentine's Day from Meanwhile's Local Market! 
February finds us restocking the shelves and finding new locally made foods, crafts and gift items.  Wildflour Pizza Nights return in February so stop in and enjoy a craft soda pop or ginger ale, craft beer or wine to enjoy with pizza.  We have a great selection of gifts for the Valentine on your list and as always locally made foods for every day and special meals.      
February Hours
CLOSED on Monday & Tuesday.
OPEN:  Wednesday & Friday from 11 AM till 8 PM (Wildflour Pizza Nights)
OPEN:  Thursday & Saturday from 11 AM till 6 PM 
OPEN: Sunday from 11 AM till 4 PM 

*Call us and we will meet you earlier or stay later.
*Space available for meetings and birthday gatherings.  Call to reserve.  
Meanwhile is located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardener's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard. 
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
See us on Like us on Facebook.   

The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Not a Good-Bye
Rumors have been knocking around Main Street recently that The Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been "sold" and it is our responsibility to announce that an offer has been made and a closing date set. It is time for Dale and Donna to pass this exquisite Victorian home along to the next successful innkeepers.
February 2017, the ownership of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast will be signed over to Ms. Gail Slaughter. Gail brings with her the creative energy and business savvy to continue this 121-year success story.
We expect that the good and generous people of Saluda will welcome and support Gail and her family as they have Donna and me.
Dale and Donna will continue working in the corporate sector: Donna in Asheville at Ashley Home Store and Dale at the Biltmore. Leaving behind our precious home of the past 10-years will not be easy but relocating to Landrum, SC will keep us close to the village we love, and the people we call friends.
Donna and I agree it has been a good run and we thank you for all your love and support.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast -- MAKE A NOTE: Our business along with our website, phone number and email address will be handed over to the new owner at the end of this month. All future contact should be directed to:,, or on facebook as Dale Potruski, Dale's Cell 850-345-6266. Love you all!

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000,
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Vogue Salon 
Brighten up your winter blahs by freshening up your color! Vogue Salon is running a winter special.  Get $10 off any color or highlight with cut. Also, I am offering $5 off women's cuts. Don't let these specials pass you by! Call 828-424-8863, or visit me on Facebook.
Located in Nostalgia Courtyard at 31 Pearson Falls Road.
CBF Concierge Services - Your Personal Assistant
(Serving Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Hendersonville)
Catherine Fairbanks
Phone/Text: 828-489-8212
CBF Concierge Services performs your time consuming, yet essential, tasks. We manage your "to do" lists, easily and conveniently and with reasonable rates (time + travel).
  • Personal Errands
  • Specialty Shopping Trader Joe's, Earth Fare, etc.
  • Transportation - Safe drives to Airport, Doctor, Errand
  • Check In - Your Pet, House, Relative, Friend
  • Pick-up/Delivery: Need Something Delivered/Mailed?
  • Organization: Organize Rooms, Office, Files, Papers
  • Computer Assistance: Need help with a Mac?
  • Computer Basics: Email, Word, Excel
  • Internet - Navigate the Internet, Bookmarks, Files
  • Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Listings: Photograph & List
  • Learn Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Geneology
Scents of Saluda
Tabletop Fireplaces now available.
Scents of Saluda, 141 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-489-9168  
Opened year around  (weather permitting) 
Closed: Sundays and Wednesdays 
Fine fragrances and accessories from around the world! Fourth generation merchant with over 100 years combined retail experience. Personalized service and shipping nationally. Located between The Dressing Room, Etc. & Beverly-Hanks.
Historic Saluda

February marks Saluda's 136th Anniversary!
Interesting City History from the George A. Jones Collection
The Historic Saluda Committee continues to receive donations from the family of Dr. George Jones that include historical archives such as documents and photographs relating to Saluda. Dr. Jones passed away in February 2016 at the age of 95. He grew up in Saluda and led an accomplished life, becoming a minister, educator, historian and public servant. In Hendersonville, Dr. Jones founded the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society. Though Dr. Jones traveled extensively, he never wavered in his love for Saluda and immensely enjoyed sharing historical facts about the town. To celebrate the town's anniversary, here is a document compiled by Dr. Jones that bullet points some key facts regarding the founding of the town.
Town Chartered Legislature Session
1881-1911 Annexed to Polk
Pace Gap
  • RR 1879 - Railroad needed a town
  • Incorporated Legislature 1881 Session
  • Mayor, 4 Commissioners
  • 1911 Annexed the Henderson County part into Polk County
First meeting of City Government March 8, 1881, William Harris, Sect., Rev. James Blythe, Treas.
  • Tax 14cents on $100 valuation
  • J.T. Davis list in Henderson County
  • Marion Lively in Polk County
  • Town Marshall - Tax Collector
  • Let out bids to build a Calabouse (jail or dungeon)
  • Ready 15th April
  • 3 Commissioners: John Forrest, Mayor Pro Tem; JT. Davis, Marion Lively
10th March Streets
  • 6th April: A Tanner, Mayor
  • Commissioners John Forrest, JT Davis, FM Lively
  • Begin at old R.R. Blacksmith Shop to Tanner Hotel on Top of Hill
  • Main Street, 15' - 40'
  • 1/2 mile below Depot at Breakfast House to QC Sonner Store
  • 50' - From Tanner's store to James Blythe front gate
  • 40' - 15' above Wm. Harris Gate to Tanner's Store intersecting with Depot Street
  • A. Tanner, John Forrest, Mayor Pro Tem; Anson Bannon, W.C. Robertson, Rev. James Blythe, Rev. D.L. Morrow
Commissioners: John Forrest, R.W. Pace, F.M. Lively, A. Bannon, J.D. Morris, A. Tanner, Rev. James Blythe, U. Amburn, J.L. Hart, J.I. Davis, J.B. Tanner, J.D. Staton
Marshall: A.J. McCullough, John Pace, M.A. Pace, Marion Lively, A.J. Ballard, U. Amburn, Thomas Jackson, L.H. Barnhill, R.T. Pace $8.00 , Benjamin Rocket, L.F. Thompson
To see the complete document visit our Facebook page.
For a concise and historically accurate compilation of Saluda's history, read the document prepared by George A. Jones, Th.M., and Ph.D. for the Saluda Centennial, August 9, 1881 found on our website,
Historic Saluda Tour of Homes Scheduled for
June 3, 2017
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 3, 2017. The home tour returns and will feature the historic Shand Hill area. Stay Tuned for more details and volunteer opportunities!

Photo Sharing Appreciated!
We frequently receive donations of old photographs or historical documents relating to Saluda. Sometimes folks loan them to us to scan and digitalize. This is a great way to preserve your family history or the history of the town. The Historic Saluda Committee uses archival quality materials to store donated items. Collections are often shared on Facebook and on the website. As the museum grows at the Saluda Historic Depot, we hope to share more at that location. There is currently an exhibit of photographs at the Depot provided by the HSC. Contact us at to contribute to history!
Use Social Media to Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee uses social media. Like our Facebook page and enjoy tidbits of Saluda history every day. We'll take you all the way back to the days of Pace's Gap on up to present day. Click here to go to our page. We're also on YouTube. Oral histories or other videos are uploaded often. Go here to find us. Or you may simply search for Historic Saluda NC on either social media platform. Our website is always a source of enjoyment, so visit
  • Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions, oral history film documentary, DVD, $20
  • Images of America: Saluda, book published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)
  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history film documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3
Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants, including the Saluda Historic Depot. Some available on-line at Saluda Lifestyles. All proceeds go toward future projects.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to or contact us at
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Outdoor Adventures
Rewards of a Winter Woodland Walk
Although winter months can bring periods of confinement, Saluda's climate does bring frequent breaks during which we can enjoy the natural world. Such milder days provide opportunities to take advantage of the four walking trails created by the Saluda Community Land Trust. Two-Bradley Nature Preserve off Esseola Street and the Judd's Peak Trail through the Saluda Nature Park off Greenville Street-are easily accessed by foot from downtown Saluda. The other two trails-Round Mountain Trail off Howard Gap Road and The Missing 40 Trail off Pearson's Falls Road-are easily accessed after a short drive. While these trails are often included in the Sunday afternoon "Walks in the Woods" sponsored by the Land Trust, they are available to be enjoyed anytime or the SCLT website. 
A winter walk in the woods can be full of surprises. Points of interest overlooked in the lushness of spring and summer take on special significance in the otherwise dormant starkness of winter. Lichens, mosses, rhododendron, ferns, trailing arbutus, Galax, leucothoe, and fox grape vines of impressive size are among plants that stand out in the winter landscape. Also, there will be stark reminders of the past summer, in particular the beech tree's now blond leaves which will hang on until spring. In some places, these trails follow old logging roads that were used to clear cut much of this area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century's. You will encounter interesting rock formations, outstanding vistas, and even evidence of past human habitation. There will be occasions to notice the shifting vegetation patterns as you walk on terrain which faces differing directions. There will be areas of seepage from under rock outcrops or where springs erupt unexpectedly, providing yet again isolated botanical points of interest. You will be made aware that, though unseen, you are sharing these spaces with animal life. This may take the form of piles of hickory nut, walnut and acorn shells at the entrance of a hollow log which may be the home of one of the rodent species that inhabit these woods. You may even catch a whiff of the scent of a skunk which passed by the night before.

Bird life, though less evident than in the summer landscape, is better appreciated in the visual openness and stillness of the winter woods. Most commonly seen during this season are cardinals, blue jays, towhees, chickadees, and nuthatches. More often heard than seen are the various woodpeckers, including the elusive pileated woodpeckers which frequent these woodland settings.
Though much lies in wait for the lengthening days and warmth of spring when the landscape will be filled again with vegetative lushness and the return of migratory birds, just to experience the pleasure of the crisp winter air and the sight of bare trees against the brilliant Carolina blue sky is reward enough to get outdoors and onto SCLT trails.
Walter Hoover. Charles Street Garden Suite  

Tryon Garden Club
Winter Programs for February and March held at FENCE. 
Feb 15, 2pm , Jay Erskine Leutze , "Stand Up That Mountain"
March 15, 2pm Rudy Mancke, "Springtime in the Mountains"
For information and directions, visit Pearson's Falls website or call 828-749-3031. 
Through Our Eyes
As Seen Through Saluda School Kids
We hope you enjoy this new series of stories written by Saluda School students.
In 5th grade Art class we got to draw an amazing still life!
As you can see it is a bicycle!
My name is Maggie McCammon and I love art.
This drawing project was fun, because we "zoomed-in" on our favorite part of the bike.  I drew the front handle bars, and included a lot of realistic details.
After my pencil drawing was complete, I carefully traced over my work with a black sharpie pen.
Finally, I painted my still life with neon water colors. My art project looks awesome, and is fun to look at!
Saluda Faces
Marcus Robinson
Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email   
If you ask someone in the town of Saluda if they know Marcus, you might get a response like one I got: "Everyone knows Marcus." I'm one of them. But since few people stop him and engage him in conversation, it's not easy to really get to know him. And that wouldn't be unusual.
He likes walking through his town and he'll nod and say "hi," but he's not one that you get the feeling that he wants to stop and chat. That's just the way he is. So I hope this may allow some people to get to know him better. Maybe this will challenge you to do more than just nod to him. Maybe you'll want to stop him and chat with him on your own.
He was born in Taylorsville, NC about an hour and a half northeast of here. He came to Saluda in 1963 because of his mother's ties to the town. He was named by his mother, Eulah Edna Fisher, Marcus Howard Robinson. If you want to hear something interesting, ask him about his uncles--their names alone will put on a smile. One of the uncles caught my attention. His name is Dorrin Fisher. I remembered him when I had interviewed Billy Shand for this same article last year. He was one of the station masters at the train depot. I believe he was first shift-- there were three. So it was open 24 hours a day.
He attended Montreat College in 1961 majoring in history before the family moved to Saluda. He transferred to Bellhaven College in Jackson MS in the fall of 1964. But that was interrupted in January of 1966 when he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Vietnam. He was on a troop ship carrier the USS Walker. Eventually he got to Vietnam and was servicing gunboats on the Cantho River. He was with the first Cobra Company. A Cobra is a lightly armored 2-man gunship that is smaller than the type made famous by JFK during WWII.
He was in the service for 2 years and 7 months with a 5 month early out. Then it was back to college-- this time at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC. He finished as a history major but did not graduate. Then, in 1970, he went to work for the Tryon Daily Bulletin. He worked as both a press operator as well as writing some articles. He used to cover some of the town meetings in Saluda since he lived here. Lastly, before he retired, he worked at Autumn Care in Saluda where he could walk to work.
He has a few interests and passions that we discussed. Dancing is one of them. He and I both like Sound Investments when they come to the Saluda Grade Concert in the summers. He first started going to discos in Asheville at the Roadway Inn. They had a concert type ballroom attached to the motel. Located at exit 55 off I-40 near Oteen.
Another interest is reading. He gets the Asheville Citizen Times in the mail daily. Often, you can find him reading at the post office after he gets his mail. He also likes history books, naturally, especially if the history took place in Western North Carolina. He is knowledgeable about Captain Thomas Howard (Howard Gap) and the role he played in the Indian wars and settling in the area. Also he has knowledge of various battles in the area-- Battle of Warrior Mountain and Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War.
Finally, he likes to play chess. But he does it by reading books on chess and studying different opening moves and the like. Since part of the interview took place at the Saluda Center, he said someone had donated a very nice chess set to the Center a while back. Donna, Marcus and I looked for it all over and Donna finally found it in her office. Marcus set it up for us: thus the picture accompanying the article. Maybe in the future, chess, like Bridge now, will be a feature for individuals to come to the Center to try their skill at this strategic game.
Submitted by Mike Boyce
In Memory of Hazel Ruth Middleton Rhodes
Why, Hey Y'all!
Saluda, NC - Hazel Ruth Middleton Rhodes, 90 a lifelong resident of Saluda, NC passed away Thursday morning, January 12, 2017 at The Laurels of Hendersonville, NC. Mrs. Rhodes was with her two girls, who filled the room with stories of love and laughter.
At 9 AM that morning a warm sea breeze blew onto the coast of Cape Cod, and this fellow distinctly felt the words, "Why, Hey Y'all!" ring across the heavens. Instinctively, I smiled and waved; "Hey! Grandma." Then I smiled, and laughed out loud. You see for the better part of my 46 years people have been asking me and my family, where we got the laugh. How could we have this much energy, and how on earth could we be so passionate about so much and by the way... "Buddy, that laugh is way too loud!"
Very simple, Ruth.
Mrs. Rhodes who was preceded in death by her husband John E. Rhodes, a decorated war veteran of WWII; her two brothers Preston Middleton and Furman Middleton; sister Louise M. Thompson; son-in-law Steve Heaton; and her parents Wade Hampton and Maggie Mae Middleton. This list seems rather straight forward, but to be a part of the future created by this list fills me with a comfort only brought through structure, discipline, a good church, a little fear, a bunch of love, and most of all belly rich, pee in your pants laughter! The laughter always came, be it to break through tears as Papa John read Grandma one of the sweetest and heart profound love letters I've ever heard on Christmas morning or when somehow unexplained by a republican got elected to office.
Mrs. Rhodes, whose mysterious and unexplainable love for polyester dress suits from Bon Worth, is survived by her daughters Patricia and Gail. "Patricia!" "Gail!" "Get in here." As a kid there's nothing better than those moments when you realize your parents are kids too, and Grandma made certain we knew who was Queen of her home. Her four-room house was modest, but to us, it was an estate. Sitting in the quietest corner of the world I've experienced to date; a few of the most deeply spiritual moments of my life were sitting at the dining room table with the windows behind me open and listening to the rain fall in the woods. Grandma always wanted to see the world, but I suspect she knew her home was someplace unique and worldly.
There really is no better tribute to the life of Mrs. Rhodes than Patricia Ann Rhodes Ross and Linda Gail Bailey Heaton. Her girls always keep their head high, don't cower from challenge, and remain confident and strong in darkness. They are not only quiet advocates for life and community but steadfast protectors of history and heritage. Grandma, you should be proud. They are amazing women. You and Papa John; well, you did that.
If you asked Ruth where she worked, she'd tell you Diamond Brand in Fletcher. In my mind, that of a grandchild, I remember her working at Thompson's Grille, a.k.a., Jack's in Saluda. I guess in the reality of time, this was a short stint but during that stint toddler me has one of his very first memories. Sitting at the grill and Grandma (who I called Ruth, by her request) started the entire room singing, "Happy Birthday!" to me. The Queen of Saluda made me feel like the Prince. Brief pause, Grandma I love you.
When Ruth decided she was age appropriate, she demanded that I stop calling her Ruth. After some negotiation, I agreed. My condition was that she stop using a word, and she did. Grandma and I understood each other. Don't ever miss an opportunity to observe, because life is actually pretty funny. People are generally insane, and it takes one of us to see it! I would sit on her couch and listen to Slim Whitman and Gomer Pile (Jim Neighbors) albums while she put on red lipstick and some white powder from a box with fake leopard prints. In return, we got to go outside and run in a field. This seemed like a good exchange. It's amazing that I ended up in sales. Cause she clearly out- negotiated the 6 year old.
Mrs. Rhodes is survived by her girls, her son-in-law Robert Ray Ross (Buster), three grandchildren, Andy Ross (Andy must be pronounced just like Aunt Bee does on the Andy Griffin show... We listened to his albums also), Kristie Bryson, and Bart Bailey, six great grandchildren, Austin Harrison, Madison and Hunter Bailey, Chase and John Bryson, and Jordan Ross-Ladley. Speaking for Jordan, Grandma's love, spirit, and heart touched each of them. She even taught them how to wave and say "Hey!"
With a story too rich for her life but too modest for the pages of Town and Country, Grandma will be missed. I am hopeful that the Internet will provide an outlet for everyone in Saluda to keep up on whose going and coming. Whose pipes burst in their summer home, and who said inappropriate things at the Cafe three weeks ago.   I am comforted that the life she and Papa John built is forever encapsulated in the town and architecture of Saluda, NC. Grandma will always be sitting in her recliner, hair perfect and plastered, lip stick blood red, with a bean bag ash tray and a pack of Bel Airs. She quit smoking a long time ago, but she always looked so majestic. A royal demeanor.   To me, she is a Queen and really, that's all that matters.
The stories we will tell and pass down to our children about Hazel Ruth Middleton Rhodes and her family will keep her spirit with us. At 9 am on Thursday, January 12, 2017, St. Peter didn't even have time to check the register, with a loud, "Why, Hey Y'all!", Grandma arrived. People smiled. Standing there very quietly in the corner was a man with a toothpick in his hand; she moved over to him, and said, "John, what have you done to yourself?" He then said, "Ruth."
You see that's us. We will continue to eat Macaroni and Cheese doing our very best to mimic her special touch. We will ponder those polyester atrocities she wore with white socks and nurse shoes. We will continue to wonder if she really did call Santa and have a reindeer dropped in the front yard because Kristie was out of control a few weeks before Christmas.
Grandma we are all you, so you live. Even in your passing, I am watching, quietly, letting life happen and only stopping to ask important questions. So here's one for you. Next Thursday, when you're at the beauty parlor, and for the first time in years, you see my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Miller. Will you actually tell her none of her students liked her, or will you just let her go on for an hour and a half about how wonderful she is? I mean you're in heaven. I suspect the rules are a little different.   Oh, and yes, before you go to Harris Teeter, please check the trunk. I have a feeling Papa's running the still up there.   There's some missing scrap metal down here.

I Remember Saluda 
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 in print and available at the Saluda Historic Depot.
The Time of the Sick Baby
I came to Saluda, a sick baby. Dr. Sally looked after me. My Momma was a registered nurse. I lived. The cool nights of Saluda let sick little lowland babies sleep. My problem, as it was with hundreds of lowland babies, was "colitis", a second summer complaint for most infants.
Dr. Sally had a piece of salt pork tied to my wrist. This, I was supposed to nurse just as today babies nurse a "pacifier." The salt in the pork gave babies a thirst, and they drink. They drank anything their Mommas gave them, and they got better--not only better, they got well.
This simple thing haunted my Daddy, who went home to start, with the aid of the Rev. W.H.K. Pendleton, Mr. W. S. Montgomery, the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, The Spartanburg Herald Journal, and lots of other good people, the Spartanburg Baby Hospital. When their work reached some of their goal, Dr. Lesesne Smith gave the sick babies free, attentive care. Their code of honor was, "All you need in Spartanburg County is a sick baby, to get into the Spartanburg Baby Hospital."
When we were young and able to climb apple trees and shake them down or strong enough to dig potatoes, my Daddy got us started in charity work. We hauled apples and 'taters to the hospital, which were received with much gratitude.
If a good mother from Spartanburg County, say Tuckapaw, Beaumont, Pacolet, or Arcadia had a sick baby, she could go to Saluda to the Spartanburg Baby Hospital and she could stay there with her child, and become part of the group caring for the babies. They washed and scrubbed and hung out didies on sunny days and watched their babies get well.
One time after we were teenagers and loafing at Dr. Little's drug store, about eight or ten of us, all cute as apple pie, sipping cokes or an ice cream cone, a cry came down from the Spartanburg Baby Hospital, "We need blood for a dying baby."
Gallantly, we all took off across the railroad track and up the hill. All us boys lined up ready to give blood. We all failed except my future brother-in-law, Herbert Lindsay Little. He had "The Blood." The transfusion went into the baby's ankle, and it came from Lindsay's arm. The doctor did the job and the baby lived, but Lindsay fainted cold away. He later went into France on D-Day and survived the war and came home safely.
One bright, cold, sunny, Sunday morning in January, when I was seven years old, we were told I had a new baby sister. Her name was to be Belle, just like Momma. I got to tell about it at Sunday school that day, at the Church of the Advent. "On this day was born the cutest square dance partner," according to the words of the late William Monroe Shand; the final word on such things in Saluda. This baby sister gave me someone I could "show off for,'' and she soon became my fireman on the Carolina Special, which we operated from the hammock on the front porch of the house on Huckleberry Ridge.
We pulled out of Spartanburg fifty times a day: from "all aboard, tickets please," to calling out every station on the line, and putting on the "Helper", to make the grade. Whistling, chugging, to "I think I can," to "I knew I could." to "all off for Saluda."
We railroaded a lot!
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Annual Calendar of Events
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Pavilion from 2:00 until 4:00 pm.
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)
Saluda Arts Festival - 3rd Friday in May
Green River Games - Extreme multisport event 1st Saturday in May.
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  
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market - Saturday after Thanksgiving, 2-4pm.  
Small Business Saturday - Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
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