Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  March 2017  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Eat, Stay & Play
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Swing into Spring
Saluda Historic Depot
The Italians are Coming
Italian Night in Saluda
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Says Thanks
Saluda Living in Place
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Health & Wellness
Saluda Easter Egg Hunt
Saluda Yard Sale
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
What's Happening in Music and Art
Call for Artists
SAF Music Booked
Saluda Scoop
DIY Home Repair
Historic Saluda
Outdoor Adventures
Through Our Eyes
The Write Stuff
Saluda Faces
I Remember Saluda
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Annual Calendar of Events
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

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

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

To view all Home and Land Properties for sale in Saluda, please click here. 

New on the Market  

Fixer-upper in historic downtown Saluda. Put your imagination to work to turn this once loved town bungalow into a charming cottage within walking distance of Main St. Beautiful lot with indigenous floral and fauna and flowing creek. MLS#3248764, $125,000
Quality Green River Log Cabin with mountain view nestled in a private peaceful setting. Located just minutes from downtown Saluda. Home features beautiful hardwood floors, lots of windows to take in the view, granite counter tops & quality appliances, built-ins and artisan hardware. MLS#3250550, $109,900 
Enjoy charming Saluda and walk to Main Street for dining, shopping and fun! This home is a gem close to it all. Lots of natural light, a deck for outdoor entertaining, tons of storage in the basement which also offers another full bath and could be easily finished or your studio/workshop creative spaces. This home is light and bright! MLS#
3253329, $295,000
Enjoy this impeccable home built in 2013 for full or part time living that is low maintenance & easy care. Home has an open floor plan, two story view of preserved mountains, gourmet kitchen, beautiful floors, master suite with private balcony, bedrooms on the main level, large wrap around screened porch and more. Basement can be finished. Bold creek with sliding rocks & pools will delight. Walk to the Green River for kayaking, tubing, fishing, & miles of hiking & biking trails. MLS#3253972 , $258,000
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.  MLS#3232779, $365,000. UNDER CONTRACT!
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.
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
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 

Quality construction and beautiful convenient location.  MLS#3211620, $305,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
sunset Looking for lake property in Saluda.
Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda.
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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! .89 ac view lot, MLS#3254020, $82,000
   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 Spring/Summer
 Vacation Retreat?
  Click here to download this list of referral properties.
 (Please contact property owners directly.) 
Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of February 28, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017       15          9                            

Homes 2016         6          0       


Land 2017           1          7 

Land 2016           4          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
Eat, Stay & Play in Saluda
Hot off the press, brought to you by the Saluda office of Beverly-Hanks is the new guide to where to shop, eat, play, and stay in historic Saluda, NC.  Includes phone numbers, addresses, and websites of Saluda businesses. Click here to print off a copy or pick one up at  Beverly-Hanks Saluda, 153 E Main Street, Saluda, NC or Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill  at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.
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 March 7 at 5:30 at the Oaks B&B.
Saluda Community Land Trust
meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. March 1. 
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet Monday, March 13, 2pm at Saluda Library.
Sing! With The Saluda Community Singers, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church, 396 Irving Street.
Women's Club will meet March 14 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Saluda Train Tales, March 17 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club, will meet March 20, 10am at Saluda Library.
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, March 27 at 6pm.
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.
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.

Oh what fun!
Turns 91!
March 24, 1926
Swing into Spring - McCreery Park

Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Opens March 16 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
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 vision for Saluda's landmark treasure.
Please send your $25 membership to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "2017 Membership." You can also purchase online at
Congratulations to Greaton Sellers for purchasing the very first Saluda Historic Depot Membership!
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 to 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.

It's Time to Let It Go!
Declutter and Do Early Spring Cleaning and Donate to Silent Auction
The Saluda Historic Depot is collecting items for a silent auction to be held on All Fool's Night at the Back Alley Barn on April 22, 2017. Items can be delivered to Thompson's Store or call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 to arrange for pick up. No clothing items, please.
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar 
March 17 - Saluda Train Tales, Bob Loehne Saluda videographer
March 26 - Fund Raiser dinner-concert with AmiciMusic at the Orchard Inn  
May 6 - All Fools Night, dinner-dance fundraiser at Lola's and Back Alley Barn with the Radio Rangers performing. 
April 21 -Saluda Train Tales with Terry Ruscin, author of "History of Transportation in Western NC" 
May 19 - Saluda Train Tales with the return of Matt Bumgarner, professional engineer who published the latest history of the Saluda Grade in 2016
June 16 - Saluda Train Tales Lucas R. Safrit, Historical Interpreter/Rail Historian with NC Transportation Museum at Historic Spencer Shops
July-Mike Lassiter and Scott Galloway- Producers ofOur Vanishing America: A Portrait of NC 
August - Raymond "Bo"Brown
September - December - Saluda Train Tales speakers to be scheduled. 
October 9 - Annual Golf Tournament  
A Personal Exploit and Love Affair with the Saluda Grade
Saluda Train Tales Friday, March 17, 2017, 7pm
Stumbling upon Saluda in 1988 looking for the Orchard Inn B&B, Bob Loehne conveniently turned this happenstance into the beginning of a wonderful personal and professional affair with America's Steepest Class-1 Railroad Grade. In Bob's train-oriented head thoughts starting ringing... very steep grade...runaway trains...notorious. He recalled hearing of Saluda when he lived in Seattle. Its reputation had easily spanned our country. Hiking and exploring the Saluda Grade, Bob confirmed with his own eyes how amazing the grade on the east side was--both for its jaw-dropping, ever so steep grade, and knowing that the train crews would have mastered an extended set of operating procedures in order to safely handle this obviously quite dangerous, two-and-a-half-mile stretch of extreme railroad track.
While eyeballing the confusing switching tracks on either side of downtown Saluda, he ran into an outgoing fellow named Billy Rice. It turned out that Mr. Rice knew just about all the data there was to know about the famous grade, the powerful locomotives that worked the super slope, the freight loads that traversed the incredible hill, and virtually all the train crews Billy had befriended - often with donuts - during his teenage years and over the previous 5 years in Norfolk Southern employment.
For Bob, the stage was set, the subject was dynamite, and he had an opportunity to tell the story of Saluda Grade through the video tapes of his relatively new video production business (American Altavista).
He was about to undertake a video project that demanded absolute and unerring knowledge about the hill's long list of key facts and figures, and in which he would tell a railroad story about America's Steepest Class-1 Railroad Grade to an unforgiving audience of rail oriented zealots - from railroad employees to the far reaches of railroad foamers, eternal rivet counters, and the holy grail of train chasers, the rail fans - who would demand nothing less than 100% correctness.
Bob will present this story and cover a good bit of his many railroad and social exploits on America's Steepest Class-1 Railroad Grade. Topics will cover:  
  • Saluda Grade was permanently shut down both in 1991 and in 2001. The 1991 announcement was crystal clear, but for some reason the trains never stopped rolling.
  • Maps Maps Maps! Review of a variety of maps that will show off the steepness of the grade as well as "from where" and "to where" the trains are going and why they were using the route that went through Saluda. We will undertake one last public investigation in search of the location of Saluda Mountain.
  • Saluda still ran cabooses back in 1988...a last bastion for Norfolk Southern cabooses...always popular.
  • The famous Saluda Triple ... it typically took three runs to get a westbound NS merchandise freight train over the steep grade and very, very rare Saluda Quintuple.
  • NS ran steam excursions in the 1990s...four 611 journeys up and down Saluda's incredible hill...the events took on a national status and the great grade became more notorious than ever.
  • As if the hill would be running trains forever, in the mid-1990s Norfolk Southern explored the benefits of more powerful locomotives tugging longer and heavier train loads. While the tests were quite successful, it was only a few years later that Norfolk Southern pulled the plug
  • The cost of operating major league trains over Saluda Grade...brakes, extra crew, brakes, time-is-money, brakes, brakes, brakes!
  • Saluda was closed, but this guy figured he could run over the mainline if he wanted to...a different idea...he'd drive from Melrose to Tyron on the idle railroad track.
  • The People of Saluda -Personal memories of so many Saluda celebrities.
  • Matt Bumgarner's Saluda Book ... "Saluda Grade: From Top to Bottom."
Saluda Train Tales is pleased to bring Bob Loehne back to Saluda to tell his story at the Saluda Historic Depot, Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7pm. Depot opens at 6:30 for early seating. His video productions will be available for sale and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Saluda Historic Depot Fundraising.
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community about the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. Storytelling is the third Friday of the month at 7pm, March through December.
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 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 usable condition.
  • 10 X 8 Storage Shed
  • Vintage or appropriate period ceiling fans with lighting
  • 3 Exterior glass doors
  • Benches
Donations and memberships to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2017 will enable us to receive matching grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation. 

Saluda Historic Depot is a 501(c)3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible.
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.  
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.
Thanks to the overflowing crowd for giving Saluda's two Italian guests such a warm welcome to Saluda at the Italian Night held at Lola's Venue.
Two representatives from Saluda's sister city, Carunchio in Abruzzo, Italy, Massimo Criscio, owner, and Dino Paganelli, executive chef at a cooking school and vacation destination in Carunchio, truly gave the attendees a night to remember.
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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Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email and ask to be placed on the email list.
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.  Click here to download the Saluda Center March calendar. For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
March is National Nutrition Month
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Mar. 2 at 2pm to discuss The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."-The Washington Post

The bestselling author of
 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand 
returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. 

Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post
 and NPR.

The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., Mar. 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.

S.L.I.P. (Saluda Living in Place) will sponsor a program on Wed., Mar. 15 at 10:00 am.

Community potluck and bingo will be Mon., Mar. 27 at 6pm. Bring a dish and have fun.
An art reception for Saluda School students will be on Thurs., Mar. 30 from 4-6 pm. Please come and show your support.

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.   
Appreciation to Supporters of Saluda Center
The Saluda Center would like to thank the following people and organizations for their kind and generous support for the Christmas Gala of December 2016.
Ace Hardware-Flat Rock
Apple Mill
Arpegio's Salon
Atkins Orchard
Buttercup Cottage
C&D Auto
Cheryl Stiippich
Creekside Spa
Ed and Karen Galbavy
Entegra Bank
Jessica Jameson
Jim Boyle
Just Vino
Kathleen's Gallery
Katie Marley
Links O'Tryon
Michael Teal
Mineral Spirits Rock Gallery
Purple Onion
Red Fox Club
Random Arts
The Orchard Inn
Sassafras Ladies' Shop
Scents of Saluda
Sycamore Cycles
The Dressing Room, Etc
The Gorge (Green River Adventures)
The Pottery
Historic Thompson's Store
Tim Driggers and Cheryl Ann Morrison
Triangle Stop (Marathon)
Victoria Nelson
Vogue Salon of Saluda
Saluda Living in Place
WANT TO HELP? Saluda Living in Place is Ready for You!
SLIP has two important meetings planned in March, and we want your participation.
Tuesday, March 7 - We are asking everyone who is interested in this project to please come to the Saluda Center at 2 p.m. to brainstorm about the needs of the community and how we can all pitch in to make this successful. We want to look at potential committees, services, service providers, hospitality, social activities, programs and so much more. Be thinking about this, come with your ideas, and let us know how you think we can make this work in Saluda.
Wednesday, March 15 - Jodi Grabowski, Physician Liaison and Community Outreach Coordinator for Park Ridge Health, will be at the Saluda Center at 10 a.m. to give a presentation, "Sustainable Wellness - Living Longer and Better," which draws from the 8 principles from CREATION Health and from Dan Buettner's Power 9 from Blue Zones. Several of us from Saluda heard Jodi speak at the Aging Projects conference in Hendersonville in September, and she is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Come to the Saluda Center at 9:45 for coffee and hear Jodi speak at 10.
We had over 60 people at our January program, and we hope you will come back in March and bring a friend. Mark your calendars now!

Contact Edie Campbell at 828-243-0734 for more information.  The Saluda Center is at 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC.
Saluda Community Land Trust
Making Moody Property Happy
In case you have not heard, some criminals stole all of our tools, our antique wood cook stove, a 7000 series generator, ladders, scaffolding, walk boards, a large oil tank; literally, every thing but the kitchen sink.  I'm not kidding.  There was a ceramic kitchen sink leaning up against the stove and they left it behind.   We are scheduling volunteer days for March 4 and March 7, starting around 10 am.  Our plan is to continue rehabbing the house and out buildings the first Tuesday and first Saturday of each month.  If you have time to offer other than these dates, please call John Savage, 828-749-3906.
Annual Meeting
Save the Date! SCLT Annual Meeting is Wed., April 26 at 6:00 pm. Help us celebrate 10 years of keeping Saluda green and protected.
Robinson Community Garden
As of March 1st, all plots and rows have been reserved. Thanks to all of you who reserved a plot or a row.
Kudzu and Other Invasives
We at SCLT are still working on removing kudzu. Our prime site is Judd's Peak Lookout. We are slowly working our way down the hill. The area where we cleared the kudzu has become a milkweed garden.  When the kudzu is removed, many native plants spring up. In the past we have sprayed this area with kudzu specific herbicide and now we are removing the crown from the root of the plant.  This can be done anytime of the year. If you are interested in learning to decrown or just want to help us, please call the office and we will get back to you.
Weather permitting, work days will be 10am on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning this month.
Walks in the Woods
Find out about nature and more, when the Walks resume April 2. We will take in the area's spring wild flowers.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month March 1, 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.
Remember AmazonSmile
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Saluda Community Land Trust. Bookmark the link 
and help support SCLT every time you shop
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 invited Scott Welborn from Polk County Extension Service to our March 20 meeting. His topic will be Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors. He will also allow plenty of time for a question and answer session on any gardening topic. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20 in the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Library for an interesting and educational session with Scott. We always welcome visitors to join our outings and/or meetings.
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 March. 
Women's Club
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet March 14 in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church at 10 AM.  Denise Medved will be presenting our program on "Ageless Grace"!  
Come join us for a great time of fellowship and enjoy some tasty treats. You won't want to miss it! 

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!  
Health and Wellness

Soulshine Yoga
Special Offer in March 
One 1-hour massage and all you can enjoy yoga for 30 days $100. Makes a great gift!
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.  Seniors or Chair Yoga
Thursday,  9:30 a.m.  Seniors or Chair Yoga, 6 p.m. Gentle Yin Yoga
Friday, 8:30 a.m.  Core/flow
NEW CLASS!!!!!  Sunday  9 a.m.  Yoga with Star

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 Easter Egg Hunt
Saluda's Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 15, in the vacant lot across from the Memorial Park from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Children ages one year to 12 years may participate.  In addition to all of the candy-filled plastic eggs, there will be cupcakes and drinks served in the Pavilion immediately following the egg hunt.  The Easter Bunny will be available for picture taking!  The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Saluda's Welcome Table.  For more information please call 828-749-3789.  This is a rain or shine event.
Saluda Yard Sale
Saluda's Yard Sales is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  You may set up your table(s) on the Saluda School Tennis Courts, or in the Top of the Grade Park, or under the Pavilion at McCreery Park, or in your own yard. There is no charge. To reserve a free space or to request a sign or for more information, please call 828 749-3789.  This is a rain or shine event.
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
Here's the Scoop for March Events at Saluda Elementary School:
Saluda Elementary staff and parents thank the Community for Children (C4C) volunteers for offering 224 hours of service this academic year which provides support for our students in the After School Academy!

We will have a "C4C Recruitment Day" on Wednesday, April 26 at 9am in the Saluda School auditorium. If interested, please come and learn more about the C4C program.    
March 2:     Parent registration forms for Literacy Night due
March 3:     Last day to turn in Saluda Shirt order forms
March 6:     FENCE will present "Static in the Air" to 4th graders
March 7:     Report Cards go home
March 8:     Statewide tornado drill
March 9:     Literacy Night from 5-7pm (workshops, food, prizes)
March 10:   Dentist, Dr. Reid, will be visiting classrooms today
March 13:   School Board meeting at Stearns 6:30 pm
March 14:   FENCE to present "Food and Body" to 4th graders
March 16:   Picture Day--class pictures and individual pictures
March 17:   NO SCHOOL
March 18:   Super Saturday
March 20:   Regular school day--We are making up a snow day
FENCE to present "Phases of the Moon" to 4th graders
March 21:   5th grade to participate in Muddy Sneakers: "Weather"
Two teachers and the principal to attend A+ Leadership meeting in Lenoir
March 23:   All students will enjoy a school concert by artists Tim and Susana Abell. The
Abell's will also facilitate a songwriting and puppetry workshop for 4th and 5th graders.
March 24:   FENCE to present "Come to Your Senses" for Kindergarten students  
March 28:   Interim Reports go home
March 30:   PreK-5 Student Art Show Reception for students and families at the Saluda
Center from 4-6pm
March 31:   Top Cat awards will be announced on the Morning News Show
K-5 students to participate in Book Character Parade
Thank you so much for sending in those Box Tops!!
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!
March 6: Paper Mache
March 13: Minute to Win It Bonanza
March 20: Sewing
March 27: Thai Cooking Class

S.T.A.G. (Saluda Teen Advisory Group) meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. Join us on March 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 March 13 to create an upcycled bird feeder from a teacup! The feeder will hold birdseed and water for birds visiting your garden. Materials will be provided but you may choose to bring your own teacup and saucer. 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 Rev. Jim Dannals, Interim 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
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Wishy, Washy, March 

Southerly winds, roaring across mountain tops before gusting through the valleys below, blow through the bare tree limbs of winter. Blossoming daffodils dancing in the breeze promise spring is on the way. Signs of spring are ahead of schedule because of the warmer than normal winter. The long slender limbs of the weeping willow are already streaming green leaves and nubs of daylilies and tulips are poking out of the ground.
As Saludians are hopefully optimistic that spring is just around the corner, they are also expectant of late winter storms and early spring snowfalls. Many mountain folk remember the "Storm of the Century" on March 12, 1993 when a freak of nature dropped a record shattering snowfall in the Appalachians and the southeast. This blizzard dropped more than 2 feet of snow with hurricane force winds that crippled power for more than a week throughout the mountains.
While Saludians look forward to longer daylight hours in March, begin to plant bulbs and prune trees, they are looking over their shoulder for ole man winter to rear his head again before spring takes hold in the mountains.

The winds of March will blow winterblues away, filling the days with sunshine and hope for April showers and May flowers.
The world seems sad
mid winter's gloom,

But all is well
when the jonquils bloom
-Greg Grant
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion
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 March 
March 2 - Danika and Jeb 
Captivating singer and fabulous guitar from Nashville.
Hardcore blues for you blues fans.
March 9 - Chuck Brodsky 
This fabulous storyteller needs no introduction.
One mic, three voices, making great bluegrass music.
"At times soft and soulful, at others riotous and rowdy"...Americana Tonight
March 18 - Scoot Pittman 
You can't help having fun when Scoot is in the house.
"A true treasure of the Southeast and of all the artists we hang our hat on"...WNCW
March 25 - The Secret Band 
Some rock from this returning Spartanburg band.
March 30 - The Paper Crowns 
A gumbo of Appalachian folk and bluegrass, Delta blues and southern gospel.
Music is scheduled at the Purple Onion by Robert Seiler.

March 26 @ 7 PM
We are pleased to welcome Seth Walker for his first appearance on the Purple Onion stage on March 26 at 7 PM.

Admission for this show is $15 per person in advance, $18 at the door and seating will be limited.  The performances starts at 7 PM.  The doors open at 5 PM. A limited menu of pizzas and appetizers will be available from the time the doors open until the show starts with beverages and desserts available throughout the concerts. Tickets are available
online or by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 for reservations.
Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised of a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation.
Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played cello long before discovering the six-string in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle Landon Walker, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed. Instantaneously, Seth was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. The rest is history. He's released seven albums between 1997 and 2015; breaking into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and receiving praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others.

In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and performing at venues and festivals around the world. Along with headline shows, he's been invited to open for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Seth Walker is currently splitting his time between New Orleans and New York City after previously residing in Austin and Nashville. He's used those experiences wisely, soaking up the sounds and absorbing the musical lineage of these varied places. With a bluesman's respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for-and successful melding of-contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace. Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: "If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker -with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country-just might be your poster boy."
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

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
AmiciMusic presents "A Night in Vienna: Opera Favorites from Mozart, Lehár & Strauss"
Orchard Inn, March 26 
AmiciMusic, Asheville's award-winning music organization dedicated to high-quality, intimate performances, will present a very elegant and entertaining evening of famous operatic scenes and arias from three great Viennese composers---Mozart, Lehar, and Strauss-- on Sunday, March 26 at 4:00 at the Orchard Inn, a fundraiser to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot.  Singers Amanda Horton and Jonathan Ross, both well-known to area audiences for their great musical spirit and chemistry, will team up with AmiciMusic Artistic Director Daniel Weiser on piano for this spectacular semi-staged show filled with great singing, costumes and witty repartee.  They will sing excerpts from some of their signature roles performed with Asheville Lyric Opera and numerous regional companies, including scenes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," and "The Magic Flute," as well as Lehar's "The Merry Widow" and Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."

orchard inn The Orchard Inn, located at 100 Orchard Inn Lane in Saluda, will be hosting and offering some delicious
Viennese hors d'oeuvres as well as a full cash bar.  The cost is only $50 per person. The views will be exquisite, the food incredible, the atmosphere cozy, and the music superb.  The concert will benefit the Saluda Historic Depot, a non-profit dedicated to making the historic train station into a museum which highlights the history of the railroad, Saluda's downtown, its people, and the history of its natural resources.    Seating will be limited and reservations are required.  For more information, please visit   Tickets are available at or make reservations at the Orchard Inn at 828-749-5471, the Saluda Historic Depot at 32 W. Main Street, and Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC 828-749-2321.  Last year's "Live at the USO" show with the same group sold out so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

For more information, contact Cathy Jackson at or Jud Ward at 828-674-5958 or

The Dancer's Extension
March is an exciting month for our students at The Dancer's Extension.  Costumes for our Spring Concert will be distributed the week of March 13.  This gives us time to make any necessary updates or alterations before our show.  Picture Day with Sentell Photography will be on Wednesday, March 29.  This is Ms. Dawn's seventh year in professionally photographing our students in group and individual portraits.  Ms. Dawn will also be available at The Dancer's Extension for those in the area needing private photography appointments on March 29.  Please contact The Dancer's Extension to schedule your appointment with Ms. Dawn of Sentell Photography.
Our Spring Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 at 11AM in the auditorium of Saluda Elementary School.  Our Spring Concert is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.  Admission is free!  Be sure to mark your calendars to join us for an entertaining show!  Many thanks to those in the community who continue to support the arts and dance education for our children.
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 

Dale McEntire exhibits at
Upstairs Artspace "Landscapes Abstracted"
Opening Reception
March 18, 6-7:30pm.
Walk and Talk 5-6pm.
In an effort to sense a deeper connection to nature artists may abandon the tools of representation and seek out an area of primal energy. Patterns of color, sound and form construct landscapes that are elusive and engaging
Dale McEntire "June Fields" Oil on Canvas
March 18, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Participating Artists are Eric Benjamin, Dale McEntire, William Henry Price,
Keith Spencer, Lynne Tanner, Cindy Walton. Curated by Dale McEntire
McEnitre's work has continued to evolve over the years. He has moved from being an impressionistic plein air painter to a style that has  become quite abstract, but still rooted in the imagery and connection to nature.  McEntire has been influenced greatly by many artists from the past such as Van Gogh, Will Henry Stevens, Arthur Dove and Arshille Gorkey. Because he values our natural world as such a vibrant and important part of what it means to be human, he continues to learn and explore new ways of interpreting this relationship.
In describing his journey into abstract landscapes, McEntire states, "The visual language of painting may allow an artist to journey into interpreting the landscape  into an image that is no longer a reflection of the external world, as much as an expression of their internal response. The boundary  where this crosses from the initial encounter to a space that may become no longer recognizable as a landscape is sometimes in flux with artists and viewers alike.
Upstairs Artspace
49 S Trade Street
Tryon, NC 28782, Tues-Sat, 11-5
828 859-2828

Jim Carson   AIS
Painting The Town/Mastering The Cityscape
June 8-10, 2017 Thursday-Saturday
Since the Impressionists first moved outside and began painting from life, the design, allure, a
nd light of the city have captivated painters, from the cafes in Paris to Main Street, Saluda.  (Painting Eat, Shop, Both 12 x 16) 
Jim Carson, AIS, will offer a workshop, titled "Painting the Town/ Mastering the Cityscape" on Thursday-Saturday, June 8-10, 2017. In this indoor workshop, we will learn to simplify the shapes and design of the city, in order to paint it in a fresh and spontaneous manner, instead of stiff and lifeless. There will be a brief, but helpful, discussion on perspective on the first day.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.
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. 
William Jameson: New Workshop Locations and Spring on the Blue Ridge!
"Developing a Painting Step by Step"
Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC
March 16-18,2017
Spend three days in the spacious studios of the Anderson Art Center in upstate South Carolina developing paintings using photographic references. Work in the medium of your choice. This workshop is open to beginners through advanced painters. Call or email if you want to be wait listed for the Anderson workshop!
Working Large without Fear
Trenholm Artist Guild, Columbia, SC
April 21-23, 2017  
A three day exploration of how to manage a large canvas held at the Trenholm Artist Guild. Make larger and better paintings and discover what translates best to a large format. Painters can work in any or all media. For information on this workshop, please contact Lee Breuer at 803-497-7055. Or email Or contact Bill Jameson at 828-749-3101.
Spring on the Blue Ridge
Saluda, NC
May 11-13, 2017
Three days of painting in and around picturesque Saluda, NC. With eighteen hours of instruction and critiques, painters can choose any or all media. The workshop is open for beginners to advanced painters. Come enjoy the Spring foliage, waterfalls and winding streams just waiting to be painted.
For more information on these and other workshops, please visit Also see our workshop listing in the June issue of "The Artist Magazine."
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 Artist for Art of the Horse.
Our Carolina Foothills is pleased to announce the return of ART OF THE HORSE.  In consideration of the World Equestrian Games that will take place at Tryon International Equestrian Center from September 10-23, 2018, bringing in nearly 500,000 people to the area, the second edition of this eighteen month community art project seemed a perfect fit.
This year's theme is ONE WORLD. ONE VISION. Currently, we are in the artist submission phase which will run until the end of March.  Anyone interested in submitting artwork may request an Artist Prospectus Package.  An individual or group of artists may submit as many designs as they wish for consideration. Artists must live or have a studio space within a 100 mile radius of the Foothills.  All submissions will be judged and voted on by a blind jury.
ART OF THE HORSE, ONE WORLD. ONE VISION artists will be announced at the Tryon Block House Races Kickoff Cocktail Party held at Tryon International Equestrian Center on Saturday, April 14, 2017. At this time, the 2016 "special commission" horse will also be unveiled.
For more information on this project, please contact Mindy Wiener at or Suzanne Strickland at
Tryon Little Theater
Join us for a fun evening of Broadway songs!
What a fundraiser!  The Tryon Little Theater is bringing a spectacular array of Broadway showstoppers to the Tryon Fine Arts Center stage Saturday, March 11-including music from outstanding shows TLT isn't likely to produce due to their size, technical requirements, story line, or because they haven't yet been released for regional troupes to perform. 
No, TLT will not be staging such shows as "Hamilton" any time soon, nor "Miss Saigon" and landing a helicopter onstage, nor "Sweeny Todd" with its Demon Barber of Fleet Street, nor "Next to Normal" with its convoluted relationships and intricate music, nor "Spring Awakening," on and on...
So the next best thing: an evening of Broadway songs performed by the pros and near pros who continue to grace the TLT stage. And to make this fundraising evening even more special, hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served in the TFAC lobby at 7 p.m., followed by the show starting at 8 p.m. Then after the performance, the audience is invited to enjoy dessert while mingling with the cast. With Pam McNeil at the piano, onstage will be Debbie Craig-Archer, Carol Cox, Tim Daniels, Susie Kocher, Lori Lee, Lindsey Moore, Mark Morales, Tena Greene-Porter, James Riedy, Kate Riedy, Maggie Riedy, Chris Tinkler, Guy Winker and more. Tickets to this fundraising event are only $25 per person. Heavy Hors d'oeuvres and drinks included with ticket!  Patrons are urged to book online at
Call for Artists
14th Annual Saluda Arts Festival
Spaces Filling Up!  Deadline is Near!
  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.
Headliners for Saluda Arts Festival Booked
Mercury Rising Band
Soulful and warm, Americana and Blues style original songs that spark the heart with Saluda's own lead singer and song/writer Debbie Camacho on keys and guitar, Irving Camacho on percussion and harmonies, and Orion Faruque from Red Music Productions on bass and harmonies. 
Bill and Tads Excellent Duo
Stringed duo with great harmonics, a 12 string guitar and hand drum performing awesome covers from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel as well as some original tunes. 
Fayssoux McLean and Brandon Turner
Fayssoux has emerged as a lead vocalist of merit and consequence, winning raves from collaborators including Country Music Hall of FamersEmmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, and other contemporary greats.
Hogtown Squealers
Brevard's Hogtown Squealers have delighted audiences and dancers for more than twenty years. Currently the band consists of Tom Anderson (fiddle, vocals), Susan Brown (fiddle), Matt Gardner (bass), John von Stein (accordion, vocals), Keith Ward (guitar), and Gary Wells (banjolyn, vocals).
Casual Zealots 
The Casual Zealots are a four person band from the Tryon area. These friends collaborate in various musical projects, and specialize in playing classic R&B, blues, jazz and rock and roll.
The name is not an accident. These four approach music and its many charms and mysteries with divine intensity.
Life Like Water
Life Like Water is an acoustic trio from Asheville, NC composed of singer/songwriter and guitarist David Matters, Megan Drollinger on violin/vocals and Isabel Castellvi on cello/vocals/tabla.
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 Dressing Room, Etc.
With March comes the spring opening of the Dressing Room, Etc. and I am excited to welcome back all of my customers. I have been busy at the markets to bring back all of my regular name brands and have added four new exciting fashions just in time for spring and summer. I am opening March 10 and planning a weekend of fun to celebrate the spring grand opening.  We have surprises planned for you and author Corinne Gerwe will be on hand Saturday to sign her new book, "Murder in a Moonlit Mason Jar."
I am looking forward to seeing you in March and as always, thanks for shopping local!
Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555

heartwood Heartwood End of Winter
clearance and closing to paint dates. We are in the final week of our end of winter clearance sale so some cases will go to 60% off! We are closing out some lines to make room for all the new and wonderful work that will be arriving all spring. The sale is over March 5. Heartwood will be closed to paint and freshen up from Monday, March 6 through Friday March 10. We look forward to seeing you again on the 11th!
Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365
Cabin Fever Vacation Cabins
Seven hand-built cabins on a 20-acre Eco-resort. Our cabins are great for families or couples on vacation and each have a kitchen, bedroom, den with wood stove, bathroom and loft. Screened porches, charcoal grills and fire pits at each one. Kids love our playground, zipline, and on-site hiking trails. Located just 2.5 miles from downtown. If you have driven by the sign, you are missing out! Come up the driveway and come see what we are all about!

Located at 7337 Spartanburg Hwy, Saluda. (828)749-9811 or (800)767-7368 Keep up to date on Facebook. 
Sassafras is excited to be reopening on Friday, March 10 at 11:00 am.
We have completely redecorated the store and are excited about our updated and "Sassy" decor, and our new offerings in clothing, jewelry and scarves for Spring!
We will continue to carry customer favorite lines, Cut Loose, Elietian, Ethyl, Focus, Heartstrings, Jag, LuluB, Sterling, and many others.  We also have some great new jewelry, along with a new designer, Marjorie Baer, and new pieces from John Michael Richardson and Chanour.
We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope that our new look will enhance and inspire your shopping experience with us!
Sassafras offers affordable and comfortable clothing for all occasions.
Check out our Facebook page for picture posts of our new arrivals and our new décor.
March and April hours are: Wednesday thru Saturday 11am - 4pm.   
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

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Connie & Catherine 
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
As you ascend the winding tree lined driveway to approach our 91-yr old Inn, you'll be greeted by the fragrant smells of Spring. Daffodils and tulips abound, forsythia and Japanese Magnolia's are in full glory, and the multi-colored azaleas begin to bloom. A few steps up the Boxwood encased walkway brings you into our spacious living room, welcoming all to our friendly, elegant B&B and fine dining restaurant. Perched on a hilltop above Saluda, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, the Orchard Inn awaits your visit for a relaxing stay at the Inn or a sumptuous meal at Newman's Restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm. All are welcome at our little piece of paradise. Come help us celebrate 91 years of gracious hospitality.
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. Stuart's organic vegetable garden is beginning to grow and brings diners the real "farm to table" experience.  Treat yourself to a most creatively prepared and delicious fine dining culinary adventure!  Call to reserve a place in our elegant dining room. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to enjoy a meal at Newman's. 828-749-5471.
AimicMusic Concert and Fundrasier 
We are excited to announce a follow-up to last year's sold-out benefit concert! Last year's USO Show was such a hit, we wanted to hold another evening of fun, great food and music, all to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot! AmiciMusic, Asheville's award winning music organization, will present an elegant and entertaining evening of famous operatic scenes and arias from three great Viennese composers - Mozart, Lehar, and Strauss - on Sunday, March 26 beginning at 4:00 pm at the Orchard Inn. This one night only event will feature fabulous Viennese Hors D'oeuvres, and a full cash bar. Admission is $50 per person. Reserve early since seating is limited and we are sure to sell out. For tickets, please call us at (828) 749-5471 or purchase them online on the AmiciMusic website, or at Thompson's Store and/or at the Saluda Historic Depot. 
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.  We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Certificate of Excellence, and by - Top Rated Restaurant. 
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)

Spring is in the air and we are getting ready. Come in and Shop Local and pick up your daily dinner meals. We have homemade frozen meals and Pasta & Provisions from Charlotte and best of all fresh cuts of meats. Whatever you're thinking for dinner, we can help. All our meats are Certified Angus Beef, top grade and lean. Come by and see Sam, and if you are looking for a wine for dinner or a party, he can help. Remember we offer 10% off 6 bottles and 15% off a case of wine.
We have a variety of local NC items so come by and shop, we have Vans Chocolate, Risen to Bake Gulten Free Cookies, Mimi's Beer Breads, Dan's Jams, Jellies, Marinade Sauce and Kraut. We carry stone ground Grits, Corn Meal, Biscuit & Pancake Mix. If you know about our City Sister, we have the best Italian pastas, sauces and roasted peppers and other items.

Please welcome to Ward's Grill, Jackson Hunter, our new grill manager. Jackson is from the area and is the great grandson of Charlene Pace. We are looking forward to having Jackson in the grill; so please come by and welcome him to the best diner in town.
Lola's Celebration Venue is booking for the season. If you are planning a family reunion, wedding, birthday party, company retreat and more, give us a call. We have the perfect location in downtown Saluda to have your next event.

Charlie's Sausage Recipe for March: St Patrick's Day take our link sausage and cook cabbage and add your favorite spices to have the best of meals. We are also making Italian sausage from a recipe that Massimo & Dino from Italy shared with us; so come by and purchase a pound.
Thanks to everyone that Shop Local, Hire Local and Support our Community.
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
Escape the March madness and join us:
Wednesday - Saturday, 11-3 for lunch, 5-9 for dinner
Sundays 11-7
Thank you for all your support and don't forget you can now order some amazing wings and other bar food at our favorite Green River Brew Pub.
March 1 is peanut butter lovers day so we will keep a steady supply of our Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cream Pie.
Join us Fridays at 7pm and hear the great music of the Saluda Grade band, and on Wednesday lunches, hear the sounds of Debbie Camacho.
Keep the doctor away on March 11 with one of our rustic apple tarts, a great way to celebrate Johnny Appleseed day.
March 15, the Ides of March, was an important historical day. 38 years ago, one of our chefs woke to the world at 8am. Come wish him a happy birthday.
Wear your green and join us for St Patty's on March 17 for corned beef and cabbage and shepherd pie.
March 18 Marshall Goers and friends will be playing at 7pm. Can't wait to hear their music again.
Visit us on the web at or on Facebookto keep up with all the news.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at
  Located at 40 East Main Street.  
Green River BBQ 
What a great spring we have had this Winter!
Our patio has been busy with the warmer weather! Day light Savings happens March 12 and our hours will extend. Open until 9pm Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday and Monday, we close at 8pm.
We have also decided to be open Easter Sunday; so, you can make your plans and still stay in Saluda and enjoy the day, and we will be around to serve you!
Look for our new spring menu in the following weeks. We have daily specials and also special prices on our beer and wine. Even our local draft beers have special prices!
Wednesday's are Nashville Hot Chicken Day. A spicy chicken breast served atop a grilled Kaiser roll topped with thick dill pickles. Served with homemade slaw and includes tea - $6.99  Or you can take that same spicy chicken breast and have them put it on top of a dinner size salad! It's great with our homemade blue cheese dressing. 
Come join us on the patio with your pets...they are always welcome!
Our Spring Hours:
Sunday & Monday, 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm   
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 
It seems you never know what to expect from Mother Nature in March.  She might give us a taste of winter or a hint of sunny spring days to come.
Wildflour is ready to serve you just what you are craving no matter what Mother Nature serves up:  A warm, comforting bowl of homemade soup or chili on a cold day or the freshest, tastiest salad or sandwich on a warm, breezy day.  Join us in our newly decorated shop or sit out on the patio.  March is for locals -- a chance to visit with each other before the busy tourist season begins.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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

Meanwhile's Indoor Farm Store
"March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil."
~Sara Coleridge (1802-1852)~

Happy New Season!  The ancient Roman calendars showed March as the first month of the year and the start of new seasons.  The early holidays in March were New Year's and new seasonal celebrations.  As we start the new 2017 season, we are adding new locally made food products, arts and crafts to our shop.  Stop in and see what is new. 

NEW hours for March:  You asked for an earlier opening; so, we will open by 10AM again!

OPEN:  Wednesday & Friday from 10AM to 8PM
(Wildflour Pizza Nights)
OPEN:  Thursday & Saturday from 10AM till 6PM
OPEN:  Sunday from 10AM to 4PM 

CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday in March.
*We can 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.   

Scents of Saluda
Now representing:
Tyler Candles and Glamorous Wash 
Thompson's Candles
Esque Candles
Lampe Berger
Capri Blue
Just to name a few!
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.

Sweet Earth Mountain Resale, Thrift & Consign is having a big pre-spring clear out sale.  We have red lined almost everything while still taking in new items, especially some small furniture pieces: small tables, bookcases, a shabby chic chest of drawers, a very cool vintage trunk and more.  Still keeping mostly weekend hours, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and open some by chance.  We also still have plenty of glassware, pottery, art, kitchenware, an estate vase collection, and of course, lots of funky junk. Come treasure hunting! 
Please contact us at 828-606-1748. Located at 160 W Main St across from Green River BBQ.
DIY Home Repair Introductory Class
DIY Home Repair Introductory Class
Instructors - Cassandra Nelson and Greg Bryant
Saturday, March 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Soulshine Yoga & The Porpoise Room
144 US Highway 176 (across from Green River BBQ). Class Price is $10.
Learn how your house works and how to do basic repairs yourself!
Limited Space! Contact us to reserve a spot and get additional information:
Cassandra - (864) 326-8923
Join us Saturday and help create the curriculum for our 8 week class!
Greg Bryant has had a "handyman" business for about 10 years in Henderson and Polk County. He has taught groups in the areas of job retention, problem solving, effective process and procedures, as well as "How Do Classes" over the past 30 years. Cassandra has worked as a carpenter locally for the past 9-10 years, teaches Yoga in Saluda, and is highly qualified.
This class is $10.00. We will be offering an 8 week class based on the needs and goals of the group we have on the 4th.  The price for the remaining 8 week classes will be based on material costs as well as instructor time and class length.  
Historic Saluda

Historic Saluda Tour of Homes Scheduled for June 3, 2017
John Baxter Johnson House
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 3, 2017. Our much anticipated historic home tour returns and will feature the historic Shand Hill area of Saluda. Stay tuned to this column as we showcase a different property each month. Featured this month is the John Baxter Johnson House. Presently, owned by the Will Nelson family. Though very old, it has been well preserved by its present day owners. According to an oral history interview with Baxter's grandson, Roy L. Johnson Jr., Baxter's wife died when his father was very young. He raised his three children alone through years of hardship, at times surviving on only molasses and cornbread. Vintage photo courtesy of Roy Lee Johnson, Jr. All proceeds from the tour benefit future projects of the Historic Saluda Committee.
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 and at other locations around town. 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.
Note: Change in meeting date! The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 13, 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
Tryon Garden Club Spring Programs 
The Tryon Garden Club will have ETV nature specialist Rudy Mancke, presenting 'Springtime in the Mountains' on Wed. March 15 at 2:00 at FENCE. The public is welcome. FENCE. 
On March 14 the TGC is holding a Landscape Design Class lead by Scott Welborn, Polk County Cooperative Extension Agent. Participants will learn the principles and techniques used by professionals to achieve quality results. The class is at 2:00 at the Tryon Depot Garden located at the corner of Pacolet and Depot streets. The public is welcome.
Spring Wildflower Walks at Pearson's Falls
The Tryon Garden Club is pleased to announce its spring series of Nature Walks at Pearson's Falls. The first walk on March 30 (rain date April 3) will be led by Dr. Gillian Newberry who will describe all that is unique about Pearson's Falls. The second walk will be on April 4 (rain date April 6) led by David Campbell, an expert in rare and threatened species. The third walk will be May 3 (rain date May 5) led by Virginia Meador who will point out the many varieties of ferns in the Glen. All talks begin at 10:15 and end at 12:00. You may want to bring a pencil and notepad, wildflower books, water, walking stick, or a hat.
The group will meet at the Garden House near the front gate for an initial presentation by the speaker who will then lead a guided walk up through the Glen to the Falls pointing out wildflowers and ferns along the way. There is a $5.00 charge for the guided walk. All proceeds go to trail maintenance. There is also an admission charge to enter Pearson's falls unless you are a member. Annual memberships are available. Space is limited; register now by calling 828-749-3031 or emailing
On Monday, April 17 from 10:30 to 12:30, there will be a Pearson's Falls Docent Walk & Talk which is free with the gate fee. You and your family and friends can walk along at your own pace. Docents will be posted along the way to point out wild flowers and answer questions.
For more information on these wildflower walks and Pearson's Falls, visit and download the schedule of events. Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson's Falls Rd, Saluda, NC. Take Hwy 176 N from Tryon or Hwy 176 S from Saluda or drive down Pearson's Falls Road (across from the school) from Saluda.
For more information call 828-749-3031.
For information and directions, visit Pearson's Falls website
or call 828-749-3031.


March happenings at the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC)
To get a complete description of each hike and presentation, please visit Pacolet Area Conservancy website.
March 3 - Pisgah National Forest - Coontree Loop to Bennett Gap Trails 6.6-miles, moderate with strenuous sections, Trail type-lollipop. Meet at the Bi-Lo in Columbus at 8:30 a.m. ~1 hr. drive; returning in the mid-afternoon
March 17 - Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area - Pinnacle Pass & Natureland Trust Trails to Moonshine Falls 5.6-miles, moderate, Trail type-out & back.Meet at the Spinx in Gowensville at 8:30 a.m. ~35-minute drive; returning in the mid-afternoon.
March 31 - Pisgah National Forest - North Slope, Connector, to Art Loeb Trails
8-miles, moderate with strenuous sections, Trail type-loop. Meet at the Bi-Lo in Columbus at 8:30 a.m. ~1 hr. drive; returning in the mid-afternoon
Walnut Creek Preserve - Free Education Program at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at 10:30 a.m.
March 25 - Annie Martin, popularly known as "Mossin' Annie," will present "Moss Magic in your Landscape" & option to attend a workshop (workshop: 1 p.m.; pre-registration by 3/13/17 required; $20 fee)
Landrum Library - Free Education Program
March 14 - Dr. Gillian Newberry will present on "Endangered Plants of the Piedmont" at 6:00 p.m.
Save the Date - PACWalk and PACRun for Preservation, April 8th at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE).
Through Our Eyes
As Seen Through Saluda School Kids
We hope you enjoy this new series of stories written by Saluda School students.

Her class recently studied about a famous artist from the Renaissance.  His  name is:  Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  He drew and painted portraits of Emperors of Austria.
He made their faces look weird and colorful by using fruits, vegetables, and plants.
Hannah's painting is a profile view.  She is especially proud of the carrot nose, Indian corn and large strawberry.
He goes along with our studies about "Healthy Eating Habits."
The Write Stuff
This is a new column to feature Saluda's writers and authors. Writers can announce new books, submit excerpts from their work, or short stories. Please submit to
Featuring Cappy Hall Rearick

Cappy, an award winning short story writer and syndicated columnist, is the author of four successful columns, ALIVE AND WELL IN HOLLYWOOD, TIDINGS, SIMPLY SOUTHERN and PUTTIN' ON THE GRITZ monthly in the Lowcountry Sun Newspaper in Charleston, SC. She also writes an e-column called SIMPLY SOMETHING. Her columns are syndicated and distributed by Senior Wire News Service.


Her latest two books are 50 Shades of Southern and Hey God ... Let's Talk.   She is working on her next book, STAY TUNED, a novel of deception and suspense.

Obsessions, Possessions and Confessions
By Cappy Hall Rearick

Before my mother-in-law died and went to Williams-Sonoma in the Sky, she thought of herself as the High Priestess of Home Wizardry. Rachael Ray was the Kitchen Goddess but Martha Stewart was the Imperial Poo Bah.
On the few occasions when I dared to open her refrigerator, I got the uneasy feeling that I had stumbled onto a top-secret laboratory. I was afraid to touch or move anything for fear of starting a widespread epidemic. Unlike the inside of my own fridge, no onionskins floated upside down in her crisper. My potatoes have more eyes than the CIA; any day now I expect the CDC wearing protective suits to show up and demand samples from my fridge.
I can never be the perfect housekeeper my mother-in-law was but I'm too old to care. The woman did her Spring Cleaning every Monday morning at 8:17 sharp. She waxed the glass shelves in her fridge with lemon oil and color coordinated the cold cuts. Me? I wipe off the fridge shelves just before trading it in for a new model.
My mother-in-law saved no food for later; the Tupperware explosion never became a part of her OCD world.
"We don't do leftovers in my house," she said when I asked where her leftover containers were kept. "I learned a long time ago that by following recipes and measuring correctly there should be no waste. Ergo, a green planet." After meals, if any rice was ever left in the pot, she poured it down the disposal- one grain at a time.
My mother-in-law bought herself an expiration date stamp and used it to imprint dates on everything in her kitchen that wasn't nailed down, even boxes of salt. I add green food coloring to wilted lettuce and tell my husband it is spinach. Oops! Busted.
Once my M-I-L surprised me by organizing my spice shelf. She threw out everything slightly out of date plus any items not attractively packaged. My once well-stocked spice cabinet was reduced to one jar of cinnamon, one container of garlic powder and one Lawry's Seasoning Salt, alphabetized, of course.
She often bragged about maintaining a clutter-free home, but after her funeral we discovered boxes of Jell-O she had been hoarding since the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Her insistence that certain items in her household realm should have a specific spot was irrefutable law, and her husband learned not to try changing her mind. In point of fact, the word change barely crept into her vocabulary several months before she died and only then because my father-in-law threatened to burn her at the stake like a demented witch.
He picked up a bedraggled towel and waved it in her face. "We've used these things for almost seventy years and regardless of what you may think, Martha Stewart will not put out a contract on you if you throw them away. The towels, however, are dead and deserve a decent burial."
She tossed her white-as-flour hair, a defiant stance perfected mere hours after her wedding. "These towels and I have a connection. When I look at them, I still see myself drying all the Mr. Bubble off our two kids."
"For God's sake, woman," he boomed. "The kids are old enough to retire!" Before she could grab the last word, he hightailed it down to the Mall and bought new towels on sale at Sears.
I was certain she would spend the day picking lint off those new towels, but I was wrong. Only one of them got used. The others she packed away in bubble wrap as if they were blocks of nitroglycerine.
I found them in her freezer one day. "Why are these towels in the freezer," I asked after I searching through her color coordinated cold cuts in the fridge hoping to find something to eat that didn't require a Rachel Ray recipe.
She rolled her eyes and did the hair-toss thing. "Martha Stewart says freezing new towels keeps them fluffy."
"At my house, if your son needs a towel he looks in the clothes dryer. If he's lucky he might find one that's not still wet or smells of mildew."
She lowered her gaze as a blush crawled up her cheeks. "The day after Poppa bought them, I hid them in the freezer because it's the one place he will never look. He knows I'll rip his lips off if he messes around in there."
Padding her casket with those frozen towels was my idea.
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   
In the Feburary Saluda Faces: Marcus Robinson, Mike Boyce would like to correct two facts. First, Marcus' first name is Harold and not Howard. Secondly, he was raised in Taylorsville but born in Hickory, NC because there was no hospital in Taylorsville at the time. Also he and his family moved quite a bit because his father, Othor Lowe Robinson was a Methodist minister.
Submitted by Mike Boyce
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.

Model-T Fords
I don't know about the first Fords. I've seen some "Copper Heads" in my childhood, but the Model-T was a car I grew up with. Sorta' a spindly legged thing kinda' like a big Holstein Cow going downhill. High and wide in the back and a nice head sticking out in front, with ear-like headlights.
Four cylinders. Hand controlled spark and gas. Three pedals for control: left pedal, low gear; neutral; take your foot off and you were in high gear. The middle pedal was for reverse, if you could do it, and the right one, thank God, was the foot-brake.
These things usually ran good if you could get them cranked. They had curtains you could put up if it rained, and the gas tank was under the front seat. The gas was fed to the carburetor the same way our water came into the shower and kitchen. It came by gravity.
When we went anywhere in our Model-T Ford, we first cranked it, and then we had to put it in low gear, and drive it up the mountain out of Case's Branch Hollow to the Holbert Cove road. Then we went from there, if the road wasn't too muddy and slick, on our way.
T-Models did not have gas gauges. What you had was a little ruler-like thing that you stuck in the tank to see how much gas you had. A T-Model would not gravity-flow enough gas to the carburetor on a steep hill, if you were down to a quarter-full. My big brother had figured this down to a gnat's heel.
So what we did in case our gas was low, was to take the front seat out and put it in the back, and my brother drove and sat on the gas tank. I took the tire pump and wrapped it with rags and stuck the exhaust end into the gas tank. I packed the rags tight around the tank opening and then I pumped as hard as I could. My brother stomped that Ford into low gear and we sailed out of our hollow. The air pressure in the tank had pushed gas to the carburetor, and we knew we had done good.
Cadillacs, of a little later time, had a system like this, only the the pump was on the dash, and there was a gauge there to tell you when to pump. Honest to God!
Saluda Classifieds

Cottage For Rent
Available April 15, $850.00 (short term lease) $800.00 (long term lease). Two bedroom. One Bath.  Kitchen-Living Room Combo. Two porches.  Washer/Dryer.  Peaceful wooded location 15 minute drive from Saluda.  Furnished or Unfurnished.  Outdoor pizza Oven and Firepit.  Hiking trails and organic garden space available to Tenants. This is an Allergy Free Zone Rental.  No pets and No Smoking!   If interested, please contact: 

Hilltop House Vacation Rental
5 BR, 2.4 BA, Sleeps 10 available beginning May 9. Check it out on Perfect mountain getaway with breathtaking 180 degree views from a 10 acre mountain wooded lot. Enjoy all the attractions of downtown Saluda, just 4 miles away, with all the privacy and benefits of our spacious property.

"A Little Help" 
Around the house, Pet sitting/Care, Childcare, Call Sheila  828-606-1748.  

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
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.
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. 


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 Saturday 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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