Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  September 2017  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Saluda Real Estate Market
Eat, Stay & Play
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
Saluda's Play Day
Saluda Historic Depot News
Annual Golf Tournament
City Notes
Halloween House
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Thursday Golf
Saluda Family Medicine
Health & Wellness
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Calendar
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Scoop
Historic Home Tour
Outdoor Adventures
The Write Stuff
I Remember Saluda
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
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A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of August 31, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017         52           6                                

Homes 2016         41           0       


Land 2017            15          4    

Land 2016            11          0  


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

Click here to see a 2017 2nd Qtr 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 September 5 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. September 6. 

Saluda Tailgate Market, 2017 Season open every Friday,  4:30 to 6:30. 
The Historic Saluda Committee meets September 8 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Sing! With The Saluda Community Singers,
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church, 396 Irvin Street.  
Women's Club will meet September 12 at 5:30pm for their Annual Picnic at McCreery Park Pavilion.  
Saluda Train Tales , September 15 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club will meet on September 18, 10:00am at Saluda Library parking lot. 
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, September 25 at 6pm.
Saluda Welcome Table at the Saluda Methodist Church every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Everyone is welcome.
Brown Bag- Available, September 15, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church and the Saluda Fire Department. Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact 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.
Saluda Fire Department Headed to Texas
The Saluda Fire Department is headed to Texas as part of the Henderson County Technical Rescue Team to help out with Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. If you would like to support Engine 23 station to help with expenses for the trip, please send donations to Saluda Fire Department, 199 Walnut St., Saluda, NC 28773. For more information call 828-749-9816 or
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
September 9, 2017
The Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at McCreery Park in downtown Saluda.

To honor Charlie, once again, the free meal of barbecue, beans, slaw, drinks, and desserts will be served to the sound of Mountain Roots Band with Jeff Hayes who, by the way, will perform on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage at the Top of The Grade park. Be sure to bring a chair to sit in the park and enjoy the music after eating your barbecue.
Generous donations in the past have allowed everyone to be invited to the Pig Out at no charge.  Your help is still needed!  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Saluda Pig Out and take it to Entegra Bank at 108 Main Street in Saluda or to Judy Ward at Thompson's Store, or mail it to Saluda Pig Out, P. O. Box 265, Saluda NC 28773.  You may also make a donation as you enjoy your meal at the Pig Out!
Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to another great Pig Out on September 9!

Pets are not allowed in the Pavilion area. This is a rain or shine event! Don't forget to bring a dessert.
Charlie Ward, the "Man of Saluda" 
August 1, 2008 we lost the "Man of Saluda", Charlie Ward. He did not get to say good bye but he said hello to All. He never met a stranger and he welcomed everyone to Saluda. Many have said they decided to come to Saluda after they first met him, and they knew this was the place for them. This is why many of our hearts and lives are a part of Saluda, and we are so blessed to have known him and are now living in this great community.
At the Charlie Ward's Memorial Pig Out September 9, we invite you to come and share your memories of Charlie and tell stories so that new citizens to Saluda will know more about this special person that they missed meeting. We are still collecting stories about Charlie to someday publish a book about the "Man we Love." Stories can be dropped off at Thompson's Store.

 --Judy Ward
Saluda's Play Day
September 16, 10am to 12pm
Join us for the 5th annual Saluda Play Day!  This year, the event will be held at Saluda Elementary School from 10am to 12pm on September 16. Activities will include a DJ, Water Kickball, Cornhole, bouncy houses, beachball, volley ball, cake walk, crafts, throwing tarps, refreshments, and many more exciting games! If anyone would like to volunteer for Play Day, please contact Saluda City Clerk Tola Ellis at 828-749-2581.  This FREE event is made possible through the Polk County Community Foundation. Rain or shine!
Saluda Historic Depot News

New Museum Hours
Museum has extended hours! Starting mid September open hours will be: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon to 4pm.
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

SHD published its summer newsletter, "The Telegraph."  Click here to sign up for future newsletters to keep up with all the news and updates.

Annual Membership Campaign Launched
Thanks to all of you who have already purchased your annual membership to the Depot. We are up to more than 294+ memberships sold!  
The Saluda Historic Depot launched 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 .
  If You Like History, Be a Volunteer
If you would like to learn about Saluda's history and greet visitors of the Saluda Historic Depot, please call Anita Moore 404-626-2090. 
A $130 Value
  • Fundraiser for the Saluda Historic Depot
  • Donated by WHKP Radio
  • 2 One-day admissions to all rides and events
  • Expires December 31, 2017
  • Purchase tickets at the Saluda Historic Depot or Thompson's Store.
  • Reserve a ticket by calling 828-749-2321.
  • Ticket Price: $10 each
  • Drawing: September 30 at 4pm at Saluda Historic Depot
When you purchase these books at the Depot, proceeds from the sales go toward the fundraising for the Depot.
"Our Vanishing Americana" by Mike Lassiter
With un-daunting energy and perseverance, Mike Lassiter spent six years traveling across the state of North Carolina, looking for the lifeblood of small towns, community icons and historic businesses-the beginnings of Tar Heel commerce, livelihoods, and family enterprises. At first it was old storefronts and signage that captured his imagination; soon he became enamored with the people inside the buildings and their stories. Lassiter's photo shoot turned into a decades-long odyssey covering 30,000 miles and 100 counties, yielding "Our Vanishing Americana," a 2006 photo book followed by a 2009 PBS documentary of the same name. 500+ Photos of Vanishing American Icons featuring Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill and M.A. Pace General Store. Price: $50
"SALUDA from Top to Bottom" by Matthew Baumgarner
Matt published Saluda: From Top to Bottom November, 2015. This book is the first major publication on the Saluda Grade and railroad in more than thirty years and goes deeper than any previous work. Matt describes his exploration of the early history of the railroad's formation, debunks the myths surrounding early engineering staffs and feats, and places the construction of the line in the context of railroad expansion in the era. Price: $50 
Saluda Train Tales & Videos
The Saluda Historic Depot board is grateful to Bob Keeton who donates his time, equipment, and expertise to provide a sound system and videos Saluda Train Tales each month.  Here's a link to Raymond "Bo" Brown seen at

Video Links
Raymond "Bo" Brown presents "How The Southern Served the South."

     Saluda Historic Depot Calendar  
September 15 - Saluda Train Tales Local Month, featuring Priscilla & Millie Pearson, Bill Shand, David Henry Twiggs, Chuck Hearon
October 9 - Annual Golf Tournament  
October 20 - Saluda Train Tales Ray Rapp, curator of How the West Was Won: Transformation of NC from Mars Hill University
November 17 -Saluda Train Tales by Granddaughters of Mr. Patterson, Engineer of Helper Train
December 15 - Saluda Train Tales Movie Night
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.
Saluda Historic Depot Annual Golf Tournament
Golf Tournament:  October 9, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 18, 2017 

After a successful first golf tournament yielding a substantial profit for the 501(c)3 non-profit last October, the Saluda Historic Depot plans to make another "hole-in-one" with its second annual golf tournament to be held at Bright's Creek as a fun fundraiser for the Depot. Golfers at any level will love just being on the breath-taking course that flows naturally with the lay of the land amid mountain vistas all around on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Deadline for golf registration is September 18, 2017. Organizers are excited about the tremendous response to this fundraiser to support the Saluda Historic Depot & Museum.  
Not only will you enjoy playing on one of the "Top Residential Courses" in the US, you will have fun competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes plus "closest to the pin," "fewest putts," and "longest drive" for both men and women. There will also be two special "Hole-In-One" opportunities to win a new car, courtesy of Bryan Easler Toyota and $10,000 cash, courtesy of Mike Gilliam Agency, Nationwide Insurance in Hendersonville.
If you are looking for an opportunity to support the depot and promote your business, there are several sponsor level options from which to choose. To learn more about these, please visit and click on "Events."
Registration is easy by visiting and clicking under Events. You can download the entry application and print the form and send to
or fax to 828-749-3490.  You may also download Registration and   see Sponsorship levels here.
Thank You to Coca-Cola for being our
"Engineer Sponsor"
Our Special Thanks To
CityCity Notes

In June, The City of Saluda approved a bid to pour the slab for the Public Restrooms at Pace Park! Let's get it done! 
More engraved bricks are needed to lead up to the new facility and help with the cost of construction 
Place your brick order to give thanks, memorialize a loved one, or put your company name on a brick to show your support.
Bricks are only $40, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line. Forms can be obtained from City Hall or by requested from Catherine Ross . Click here to download a form.
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.

Be recognized as a contributor to this new Pace 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

Coon Dog Day T-Shirts 
There are a limited number of Coon Dog Day 5K Race T-shirts available to purchase for $15 each at Saluda City Hall. 

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Halloween House-Save the Date!
Ghouls and goblins, old and not so old, are invited to the Halloween House in Lola's Celebration Venue located above Thompson's Store in downtown Saluda on Friday, October 27, from 5:30 until 7:30 pm. (Immediately following the Halloween Stroll). 
There you will find free games for kids, free hot dog supper, best costume prizes, etc.  Jammin JP, Johnny Perez, will be playing tunes for your enjoyment on the back deck. 
Everyone is invited! 
Donations will be appreciated!  The net proceeds from your donations will go to the fundraising efforts to build the public restrooms in Pace Park.
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 September calendar (includes schedule for yoga classes, train trash, bridge, and more). For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., Sept. 14 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 Mon., Sept. 25 at 6pm. Bring a dish to share with others.
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.    
Special Note:
The gas-powered drier in the Thrifty Barn has died. The volunteers depend heavily on the drier in order to process donated clothing which must be washed and dried prior to being sold. If anyone in has a gas-powered clothes drier to donate, or to sell cheap, please contact Donna at Saluda Center or Dan Wells ( or (828)749-9538) as soon as possible. The bulk of donated clothing arrives on Wednesday and the washer and drier run all day. If you do not have a drier to donate, perhaps you could donate money to defray the cost of a new drier. Any dollar amount is accepted. Please take this to the Center and specify it is for the clothes drier. For more information, please feel free to contact Donna. 
Saluda Community Land Trust
Walks in the Woods 
September 3 - Twin Lakes
This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 - 4:00. Swimming and hiking. Bring your own picnic. Enjoy a guided walk on the trails of Twin Lakes, one which leads to a meditation platform. Leave Fido at home, please. The Walk will take place at 2:15 pm at Twin Lakes, 255 Linda Lane.
September 17 - Poinsett Passage
A 6 mile, 3 hour, out-and-back exploration of a portion of the Poinsett Passage of the Palmetto Trail, this hike is of moderate difficulty. Following the NC / SC state line, Poinsett Passage ascends Brushy Ridge and overlooks the Greenville Watershed. Broad patches of Club Moss border some sections.
October 1 - Round Mountain
1-2 miles moderate to strenuous 2-3 hours. Explore the site of the Battle of Round Mountain. Located off Howard Gap Road, this walk offers a picnic area, rock outcroppings, and for the adventurous, a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain for Piedmont views.
Walkers meet 2pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk.
Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack.  Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide.  Many of these hikes will access private property.
For more information click here or contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or .
Kudzu and Other Invasives
Cleaning Up the Tree line on Judd's Peak Lookout
 On Thursday morning a small group of volunteers have been cleaning out under the trees. There were a lot of saplings, dead tree branches and vines. The main invasive plant here is "Oriental Bittersweet". This vine was imported as a decorative plant for its bright red berries in the fall. They are often used in making Christmas wreaths. Now the plant has spread profusely, climbing up trees to girdle them and drape over the branches. Next to kudzu, this is our most destructive vine.
Come join us for our battle against these plants. Kudzu and invasives workdays are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 8:00-10:00. We are currently working at Judd's Peak Lookout.
Twin Lakes Reservations
Twin Lakes still has dates available for reservations in September and into Autumn. It is a splendid backdrop for weddings, birthdays and special occasions.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month September 6 at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.
Please 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 Tailgate Market
May- October Fridays, 4:30-6 :30

EBT Cards are accepted at the market in exchange for EBT tokens in $1 increments. Debit and credit cards are accepted in exchange for cash tokens in $5 increments.
If you would be interested in vending at our market, please send quest ions to: . I nformation, application, and rules and reg ulations are posted at: .
For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18 at the Saluda Library parking lot. We will car pool to the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge near Chimney Rock.   The historic bridge was built in 1925 and crosses the Rocky Broad River. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, Friends of Lake Lure Flowering Bridge created gardens on the bridge (155 feet in length) and along pathways at both ends. Emphasis is on native and seasonal plants.

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.  
Women's Club
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its Annual Family and Friends Picnic Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. at McCreery Park Pavilion.  A meat will be provided and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. This is a great opportunity for interested ladies to meet our members and learn about the Women's Club.  For more information, please call Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439.
As always, visitors are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439.
Thursday Golf
Golfers of all abilities are invited to join the regular Saluda Golfers' group. We leave from the Presbyterian Church Parking lot on Thursday's. Time varies depending on the weather. For more information, please contact Bruce Hunt at 828-708-7380.
Saluda Family Medicine Coming Soon!
Saluda Family Medicine in association with St. Luke's Hospital will open mid October and be located at 1347 Ozone Drive, Saluda, NC next to the Dancer's Extension.
Career opportunities include the need for a receptionist and certified medical assistant. If you are interested, please visit St. Luke's Employment Opportunity Center Website .
Health and Wellness

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     8:15 a.m.  Core/flow
Tuesday    9:30 a.m.  Foundational Yoga,
                 6pm Gentle Yin Yoga
Friday       8:15  a.m.  Core/flow

Please visit for more information on classes and massage or call Dori Ray, LMBT, NC 8190 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 64 Greenville Street on the lower level.

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   合気道  
Aikido (the art of peace or the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength, kicking or punching. Instead, we use flowing circular movements which enable the defender to off-balance and neutralize an attack with minimal effort or bodily harm to the defender or the attacker.
Mondays 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.     
New Classes at Isothermal Community College
Yo-Chi and Tone, Stretch and Breathe are being offered at ICC after Labor Day. The sessions are 6 weeks and cost $30 ($5/class). Both begin at 10 am and last an hour. Classes are taught by Jo Rytter, a Certified Kripalu Movement and Yo-Chi Instructor. She has also completed the Golden Hearts: Senior Fitness Training. Call ICC to register: 828-894-3092. Below are class dates and descriptions.
Tone, Stretch and Breathe : Tuesday, September 5-October 10

Yo-Chi: Friday, September 8-October 13.
Tone, Stretch, & Breathe will focus on toning the muscles of the upper and lower body. Movements will be very slow and coordinated with the breath.
Tone, Stretch, & Breathe will also focus on balance with the aid of a chair if needed. As we age, muscle tone and balance decrease. The class intention is to improve muscle tone, balance, core strength and flexibility by mindfully focusing on each area we exercise. Toning with the breath helps increase awareness. Class will begin with gentle stretches.
All participants will need to bring light hand weights, a small pillow for the head and a yoga mat. Leg weights are optional. Participants will need to be able to get down onto the floor and back up.
Yo-Chi combines two disciplines that have survived for hundreds of years; Yoga and Ta'i Chi. These are the oldest mind body programs still existing today. Yo-Chi is a fusion program that gives you benefits in both stability, strength, mobility, and flexibility. Yoga focuses on stillness and finding stability. T'ai Chi focuses on slow, controlled never ending mobility. Doing these disciplines together, either alternating or in combination, can help increase your overall wellness.
All participants will need a small pillow for the head and a yoga mat. Participants will need to be able to get down onto the floor and back up. A blanket is highly suggested. 
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library
Teen Scene is for those in grades 6-12 only. Enjoy fun, free activities every week at the Saluda Library on Mondays at 4pm.
Sept 4:
Library Closed for Labor Day
Sept 11: Grill & Chill
Enjoy food, music, and games outside! Come prepared to get wet with water balloons.
Sept 18: Slime Time
Learn how to make glow-in-the-dark slime in this gooey program.
Sept 25: Movie Matinee
We are Groot! Stop by the library after school to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

A Craft Class for adults is held at the Saluda Library on the second Monday of the month at 2pm.  On September 11, we will make book page necklaces and magnets! Learn how to make a unique accessory that shows off your love for reading. All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own accent beads and needle-nose pliers to this event.

Special events:
Rocking Painting Party
Tues, Sept 5 @ 4pm 
Fun for all ages! Join the rock hunting craze. Come paint rocks to hide around Polk County - or take them home to put in your own garden. All materials will be provided.

Aromatherapy Workshop 
Fri, Sept 22 @ 12pm 
Learn about essential oils with local certified aromatherapist and owner of Juniper Jade Essentials, Amanda Edwards. At this hands-on workshop, participants will learn basic information about aromatherapy and make bath salts to take home.
Brunch BINGO 
Mon, Sept 25 @ 11am 

Play BINGO to win pastries, muffins, and much more! Coffee will be provided.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
September 2017
Welcome Saluda School staff, students, parents and community members to a year of fun and learning!
Currently, we have 171 children enrolled. All students have the option of eating breakfast and lunch for free again this year!
We welcome new faculty members Tara McDonald (Kindergarten teacher), Lindsey Burnett (Pre-K assistant), Cathey Stoney (interim art teacher), and Wendy Berryhill (First grade assistant)!  
Our school wide theme is:
Paving the Road to Success with G.R.I.T:
G oals, Responsibility, Initiative, Tenacity.  
Here's the Scoop for September:
4:   Holiday--NO SCHOOL
12: 5th grade Muddy Sneakers "School in the Woods" at Carl Sandburg
14: Boy and Girl Scout representatives to speak with families in the cafeteria at 6pm
15: Assembly- Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling in the auditorium at 2pm
15: Interim reports go home
16: Saluda Play Day 2017 at Saluda School field from 10am-12pm
25: Please collect and send in 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 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 Laurie Knoespel
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Please check with your church about Easter Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill. 
US Post Office
Saluda Post Office Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sat 9:30am-11:00am
Sun closed
(828) 749-5921. 
Saluda Classifieds

Multi-Family Yard Sale in Saluda
Multi-family yard sale Sat., Sept. 16, 9am-2pm. Dan & Marti Wells, 612 Ransom Road (between Autumn Care and the Cemetery). No sales before 9am.
Saluda Cemetery Lot for Sale 
Four cemetery plots in Saluda Cemetery. Please contact Bill or Barbara Valentine 843-476-6870.    
For Rent
A private retreat nestled in the woods, yet only 2 miles from downtown Saluda. This one year old, 2 bedroom, 2 bath home near Twin Lakes Recreation Area offers a screened  porch with winter mountain views, all appliances including washer/dryer, bamboo floors, gas fireplace, one acre lot with garden space and storage building. Well behaved pets welcome. $1400 mo. Feathered Nest Properties 828-749-3276,
For Rent
Newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with access to Lake Summit for boating, fishing, beach area, on half-acre lot in wooded country setting with winter mountain views and space for garden. Open floor plan with many windows, gas fireplace, all appliances including washer/dryer. Partially fenced yard with storage shed.  Well behaved pets welcome. $1250 mo.  Feathered Nest Properties 828-749-3276, , Visit on Facebook at Feathered Nest Properties .
For Rent
Pine Cone Cottage Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage just 2 blocks from downtown, yet on a quiet location. Call Clara Carter- 828-749-5366

Vacation Rental Available
Bob and Debbie Lewis are opening HisStables as a vacation rental, a stable with a studio that will sleep 7 people. It has a kitchen, living room, bathroom with shower. The downstairs also has a bedroom with a queen bed. The upstairs has 2 twin beds and a double bed with a sitting room. The property is fenced in with creek and fire pit. For more information call 828-749-0813.

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.

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

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
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.
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.
Annual Calendar
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (June 9, July 14, August 11, September 1) 7pm 
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. July 8, 2017 
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September NOVEMBER
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Small Business Saturday - Saturday after Thanksgiving
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music, 2nd Friday in December
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

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


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


Sweet September  
Dangling from the top of trees, the purple flower of the kudzu plant tumbles to the ground while the tall joe pye reaches for the sky and its sweet nectar attracts floating butterflies.

Caterpillars weave silken nests around tree limbs and spider webs glisten in the morning dew. A few acorns are falling and golden hue sunrises greet you in the morning. Red sunsets come earlier as the first day of fall quickly arrives on September 22.
September is a time to remember vacations, family visits, and special summer memories. It's a time to finish out summer vegetables to make way for fall greens like kale, cabbage, and collards. Pumpkins are plumping up and a variety of apples are being harvested.
Excited kids with smiles on their faces lugging backpacks are filling Saluda School, and their laughter on the playground is caught by the wind and carries through town. 
It's local's month at the Saluda Historic Depot and Saludians will tell their personal stories of Saluda at Saluda Train Tales.
As vacationers slow down and schools start, Saluda will
experience a slower pace downtown giving shop owners a respite before gearing up for fall visitors.
apple festival Celebrate apple season during NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville on Labor Day Weekend. Saluda held the first Apple Festival in 1929.  
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion 
The Purple Onion Will Be Closed
Tuesday, September 5
Through Lunch on Thursday, September 7
Reopening at 5:00 PM
The City of Saluda will begin work in front of Heartwood Gallery and the Purple Onion on September 5 as part of a project to repair sewer lines and redirect storm water and an underground creek away from Main Street building foundations. The work will also include an expansion of the street beautification plan initiated by the city and the Saluda Downtown Foundation. The first few days will be the most disruptive as they remove the sidewalk so we have decided to close September 5 through lunch on Thursday, September 7. We will reopen Thursday evening using our patio entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to call if you have questions concerning handicap access while the work is being completed. We would also like to remind you that the Purple Onion can be accessed from Church Street through Spring Park.
 Labor Day marks the end of our summer hours and seven-day week.
We are now closed on Wednesdays until May 1.
September 17, 7:00 PM
  The Purple Onion is pleased to present the Way Down Wanderers September 17 as part of our Sunday Evening Concert Series. Admission is $15 per person in advance, $18 at the door and seating will be limited. The performance starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 5 PM. Pizza and a limited appetizer and salad menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Reservations can be made online
or by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179.    
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, "restSTOMPS" - free acoustic sets at rest & amp, truck stops along their tour routes. The band's debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.
"The Way Down Wanderers combines folk with boy-band appeal: a quintet with gorgeous vocals, instrumentals, some dreads and a whole bunch of youthful energy."- That Music Mag
"Their brand new self-titled LP features rip-roaring banjo, carefree mandolin, soaring harmonies, and lush low-end strings. The Way Down Wanderers embark on a locomotive-like barn-burning adventure and beckon us to join-from the first notes of opener "Dead Birds", a foot-stomping folk tune, to road-trip worthy ramblers like "Circles" and "Blacktop Highway", with some snarling guitar-rock thrown in for good measure on tracks like "Changing", there's a sparkling gem waiting to be discovered around every single corner on this album." - Mother Church Pew
September is North Carolina Wine Month. Our state is the 10th largest producer of wine in the nation and grows about 2,300 acres of grapes annually. To celebrate and support the state's $1.7 billion wine and grape industry, The Purple Onion will be featuring North Carolina wines on our specials board all month. We begin with wines from Shelton Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley, including their 2013 100% tannat, Two Five Nine, North Carolina's first 91 point wine.
September Music Calendar
September 2  - Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio  
Soulful vocals from a great song stylist with a wonderful jazz trio.
September 7 - The Get Right Band 
"Hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun."
September 9 -   Eddie Swann 
Song writer, producer and accomplished acoustic guitarist
September 14 - One Leg Up
Great Gypsy jazz from our friends in Asheville.
September 16 - Peggy Ratusz Jazz, blues, swing, standards. She does it all.
September 17 - The Way Down Wanderers (Sunday Concert) see above
September 21 - Justin Watt Trio
A frequent performer at the Onion with other jazz musicians, Justin returns with his own trio
September 23 - The Lonetones 
Husband and wife team and lead singer-songwriters Sean McCullough and Steph Gunnoe, along with cellist Cecilia Wright Miller, drummer Jamie Cook (formerly of the Black Lillies) and bassists Vince Ilagan and Bryn Davies offer up a mix of Appalachian-flavored folk and esoteric rock.
"If the band has a spiritual equivalent in a better-known act, it would have to be Wilco." Blank Magazine    
September 28 -   Carmody & Carver
A bluesy country blend, mixed in with some original tunes and a whole lot of heart.
September 30 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love 
Incorporating the sounds and vibes of world instruments, Gigi & Big Love deliver a fresh, palatable blend of gypsy, jazzy, bluesy, funky southern soul & world music.
Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook
Music on Friday Nights
Saluda Grade Band puts on a grand musical show! Ole Time Music at its finest! The players may swap around but all are super talented and amazing!!
Wednesdays at High Noon....Debbie Camacho "The Voice of an Angel
" sings and plays acoustic guitar.  
Tuesday 5-9,
Wednesday - Saturday 11-3 Lunch, 5-9 Dinner
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
Green River BBQ Summer Concert Series
The last of the summer concerts will be September 3, 4-7pm with Bayou Diesel. One of Western North Carolina's premier dance bands, Bayou Diesel will get the crowd on their feet and moving with their famous Cajun/Zydeco and
New Orleans Mardi-Gras dance music. The g roup was formed to provide the high energy dance music that has so long personified the base of Louisiana culture and their "joi d'vivre." Featuring several squeezebox accordions, a rub board, and a solid rhythm section with French and English vocals, the group brings the audience quickly back to Mardi Gras and the celebration of traditions that go back centuries. The mantra has always been "Laissez les bon temps roulers" or as everybody knows "Let the Good Times Roll!"
Formed in 2005, the group has recorded two CD's: "The Bayou Diesel Band" and "Sold Here" and plays often at festivals and clubs in the Asheville region. In 2013, Bayou Diesel performed at the world famous Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC.
Members of the band are; Ben Bjorlie-Drums, Steve Burnside-Accordions and vocals, Paul Leech-Bass, Miriam Allen-Rub-board and fiddle, David Zoll-guitar and vocals.
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 or visit them at Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons!  
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West.

Top of the Grade Concerts are held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Friday, September 1 at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. Saluda's delicious restaurants will be open, serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.
Playing at this final event will be The Super 60's, a musical retrospective of one of America's most turbulent periods. The joy and celebration of Woodstock, the enigma of Vietnam, the tragic loss of the Kennedy's, and man landing on the moon.  A period of time in which so much was happening, so fast, that those of us who lived through it sometimes wonder how we made it. Their music will bring back the feeling and memories of those days-not only through music, but also through their visual techniques that were relevant in that period.
Concerts are funded through sponsorships by Saluda businesses. If you would like to be a $100 sponsor to support these outdoor concerts, please contact Judy Ward at or 828-674-5958.
Thanks to these Sponsors: Thompson's Store, Purple Onion, Heartwood, Wildflour Bakery, Orchard Inn, Green River BBQ, The Gorge Zipline/Green River Adventures, Beverly-Hanks. Don Mintz Builders, The Oaks B&B, Botes & Stuff, Mountain Life Realty, Saluda Outfitters, Reaben Oil
Dancer's Extension dancersextension
Registrations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 dance season... our EIGHTH year!  We offer professional instruction in introductory ballet, creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary, and host a National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter for grades 6 and up.  
Beginners are always welcome, as well as all our talented, returning students.  Space is limited, so register early.  All classes begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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 
Upstairs Art Trek 2017
Studio Visits will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 10-5PM & Sunday, October 1 from 12-5PM. There will be a Preview Reception and a Silent Auction Friday evening, September 29 starting at 5PM, and a Closing Reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 13 at 5PM. The Silent Auction will close at 6PM and results will be announced. Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782. 828-859-2828.
Saluda artists, Bonnie Bardos, and Doc Welty (The Pottery) will open their studios.     
Saluda Artist, Bonnie Joy Bardos
Bonnie recently won 2nd Place for sculpture in the 14th Annual Bring Us Your Best juried art show at Blue Ridge Community College's Conference Hall in the TEDC building in Flat Rock, NC. Also, her sculpture "Walela (Cherokee for Hummingbird): Spirit Guide" won the One Planet, One World Award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville. The winning entry was chosen based on how well it is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

On September 30-Oct. 1, Bonnie's studio/house at 285 Greenville Street in Saluda will be on the yearly Art Trek open studio tour, sponsored by Upstairs Artspace at 49 S. Trade Street, Tryon NC. All participating artists will be in a gallery exhibit that opens with a preview party on September 29 at 5:00. The event is free and open to the public; maps will be available at area businesses, art studios, and at the gallery.

Chad Blotner Photography & Gallery Open House
Saturday, September 9 From 5-9pm at 78 E Main St Saluda, NC.
Free Snacks and Beverages! Register to win a free set of coasters!
All pictures over $50 will be 10% -20% off!
Jim Carson, AIS 
Plein Air/ Painting the Fall from Life
October 19-21, 2017 Thursday-Saturday
Jim Carson AIS will offer an outdoor painting workshop on Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, in Saluda, N.C. titled "Plein Air/Painting the Fall from Life".
This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to paint in the beautiful Fall colors around Saluda, N.C. All the painting sites will be convenient by car, with parking, restrooms, and food easily accessible.
In this workshop, we will learn to simplify the shapes of the landscape, see the colors as temperature changes, and understand values, so as to paint in a fresh and spontaneous manner.
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.  
Jim has also announced the first workshop of his 2018 schedule. It is an indoor workshop (in Jim's studio), titled "Painting Interiors", January 18-20, 2018.
For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at , email or call 828-749-3702.  

William Jameson New Workshops 

"Fall On The Blue Ridge" 10/23-27, 2017, Saluda, NC
This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations; have an early lunch ("Dutch") at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint. Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography. The workshop includes 30 hours of instruction and a "get acquainted" party. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send your enrollment form with deposit as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made privately and immediately as October is a most popular time to visit this scenic area.
For more information, please email or visit Bill can also be reached at 828-749-3101.
Random Arts Workshops
Random Arts continues to showcase artists from around the area and from around this world. This month, artist Wan Marsh from Charlotte, NC. will teach 3, 1 day acrylic & mixed media abstract workshops on the 15th, 16th, 17th.  Additional workshops this month include watercolor and ZenTangle. Stop by and see upcoming projects or call us at 828-749-1165 to register.
Tryon Little Theater 
Saluda Train Tales
Local's Month, September 15, 2017
Local's Month is always an exciting time for Saluda Train Tales.  Native Saludians who either lived in Saluda full time or spent their summers here tell adventurous tales of their youth. 
Billy Shand's great-grandfather built one of the first summer homes in Saluda. Since he was an infant, Billy Shand has spent most summers in Saluda and enjoyed visiting the depot under the watchful eye of station master, Doran Fisher. He will share some of these stories.
Pricilla Pearson was born in 1942 in St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus and came home from the hospital to Melrose. She later moved to Saluda and lived on Greenville St where she went to Saluda School and graduated from High School there. She worked in Frank Thompson's Orchard to make extra money. She graduated from Brevard College. She helped Charlene Pace write the book on the Saluda Centennial in 1981 and wrote a column about Saluda in the Thermal Belt Newspaper called the "Bench Sitters." She is a free lance writer and has published in various magazines such as: North Carolina's "In State," "Civil War Times," and Black Mountain's "Mountain Living."
David Twiggs from Lenoir City, TN will tell stories about his family's trip to Saluda from Cuba. The Twiggs family continues the tradition of summering on Florida St. in Saluda.
Chuck Hearon will tell about his family's summer home in Saluda. His father, Charles O Hearon, Jr (aka C'Boy) was an editor of the Spartanburg paper and wrote the book, "I Remember Saluda" which is sold at the Saluda Historic Depot. Chuck and his wife Carolyn now have a full-time residence in Saluda.
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community in the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Doors open at 6:30. Presentation is 7pm to 8:30pm. The events are free and voluntary donations are appreciated.
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.
Heartwood Gallery
Heartwood will be closed Tuesday, September 5 to rearrange and open our other door that is on the part of the sidewalk that has already been finished. We look forward to resuming business on Wednesday, September 6. We can also be accessed through our back garden from the alley by the Greenriver Brew Depot off Church Street parking.    
heartwood Heartwood Gallery , 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365. Visit 
A note from the crew at The Gorge: 
Thank YOU for all the amazing support we received from the community during the busy Summer season. Thanks for sending your adventurous family and friends our way, thanks for bringing your out of town guests to fly with us, and thanks for being such awesome neighbors. We feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful community. So to celebrate being able to park on Main Street again, September is Locals Month at The Gorge! 
Use this code to receive your Locals Discount when booking online at  or over the phone at 828.749.2500: LOCALLOVE17
Love, The Gorge
Dad's Collectibles Opens in Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda welcomes Mark Ray's Dad's Collectibles to Saluda selling all types of transportation models and collectibles.
While driving through Saluda one day, Mark saw that the historic train depot was for sale. It had been used as a retail store. Mark felt in his heart Saluda needed to own that station and all the history of that incredible train era with the steepest grade in the US. Mark already had strong feelings for trains and Saluda. The wall of Dad's includes pictures of Paces and Thompson markets, as well as the #12 Saluda Grade Train. Mark had worked with Historic 7th Avenue Train Depot members and was no stranger to all manner of collectible trains. His favorite vacation was a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver B.C. to Bampf.
Mark Ray may be a man in his mid-fifties but his heart and soul are those of a person who reveres the past. Mark embraces the communities where he lives and brings antiquities back to life. He and his partner, Nancy Pew, were responsible for restoring the historic Mcclintock clock at the corner of North and Main in Hendersonville. Their fundraising efforts also provided for the placement of an historic plaque to explain the clock restoration.
From there, Mark started a restoration at the corner of 6th and Main Street. This had been a bustling part of Hendersonville with gas stations, a bus depot, restaurants and markets. Mark brought this part of town back to life by convincing the Coca Cola Bottling company in Charlotte to restore two murals from the 1940's and 1950's on either side of his business, Dad's Collectibles. He and his son, Tyler, are working to restore the original Amoco Gas Station next door to the store. On any given day visitors and residents are taking pictures in front of the murals or by the many vintage cars parked at the gas station.
Dad's Collectible's became available to Mark when multi-year owner, Dean McWilliams, realized Mark was the perfect person to carry on the store's tradition. He had turned down several previous offers.
Mark has transportation in his blood. In addition to restoring cars, he restored a Divco milk truck which Sierra Nevada uses to dispense ale. Mark presented this idea to owner, Ken Grossman, who was all in. Just recently Mark restored an old meat delivery truck. He found the gem out in Edneyville. This beautiful testimony to the past is parked in front of "The Chop Shop" in Asheville. He is also working on a vintage delivery truck for the owner's of the Flat Rock Wood Room. They have started a garlic farm and want to deliver it in their vintage truck.
Mark is seeing his dream of the Saluda train depot becoming a secured property and a historic museum take shape. Because of his interest, the Saluda citizens forming a non-profit organization to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot asked Mark to join the board.
Mark was itching to become a more active member of the Saluda community. In Hendersonville he has been on the Main Street advisory committee and the Historic Preservation Commission. He also spent a year on the 7th Avenue Advisory committee.
When the retail space in Suite C (formerly cargo section of Depot) became available, Mark could not
resist the temptation to consider this a new home for Dad's Collectibles. The transportation models he sells are a perfect fit. Mark will be doing more than selling his product. He will be managing the depot during its expanded open hours starting mid September. The hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12 to 4pm. Mark and the board are already planning special events to spur activity at the Depot and in Saluda. He loves the feeling of Christmas in Saluda and hopes to bring some ideas he learned by being involved in a variety of holiday events in Hendersonville.
Mark was born a Charlottean. He graduated from NC State with degrees in economics and business administration. At this point in his life, you couldn't pull him away from his beloved mountains and their historic communities.
To reach out and welcome Mark to Saluda's business community, please contact at:
Mark S. Ray
(704) 661-4654
Dad's Collectibles for Facebook  
Random Arts & Apparel
Fall fashion is arriving daily as we head into cooler weather and Random Arts & Apparel is making room by doubling their 50% Sale Rack. You will find all cotton tops and blouses, "Made in USA" comfy pants & tunics, lightweight sweaters and more.  Watch for all the newest fashion items that we post on our Facebook page and remember...there is limited quantity on each item so it's important to snap it up while you can. So happy to be here so I can chat with each one of you when you come by.
Open Tues. - Sat. 10am till 5pm
Phone: 828-749-1165
Located at 
481 Louisiana Ave
Saluda, NC 28773
Summer Clearance and Fall Arrivals
As we begin to feel fall creeping into the air, it is time to clear out our summer wear with savings up to 40% off select items and to make room for some great fall and winter apparel.
Come by to check out our Summer Clearance Sale on apparel and footwear that includes a selection of Chaco sandals. While visiting the store, you can browse through racks of newly arrived fall fashions for men and women.
Our fall line includes Kuhl, Wolverine, Royal Robbins, LivinLifeMan and Marmot. You will find a great selection of cool jackets, vests and long sleeve shirts such as the Kuhl Burr jacket or Kommando crew shirt for men and the Kozet vest for women. Also popular is the Snow Wonder vest by Royal Robbins.
Entertainment at Saluda Outfitters' free outdoor music venue continues through September from 4-7 p.m. each Saturday.
  • Sept. 2 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon is new to the SO stage. The Basement Bunch is an eight-piece band that plays what they call "substantial rock 'n' roll" that includes classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus a few surprises thrown in. Bring your dancing shoes.
  • Sept. 9 | The duo of Bill Loftus and Ellen Trnka will perform some foot tapping blues, Americana and rock. Both veteran performers, Trnka is a talented vocalist who spent most of her career in NYC before moving to WNC in 2002. Loftus, on guitar and harmonica, hails from Chicago and resides in Flat Rock after moving back to the area from Atlanta about a year ago.
  • Sept. 16 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon will return with its exceptional group of musicians to bring some energetic dance music to the show.
  • Sept. 23 | Second Souls will return to the SO stage with its revolving group of area musicians. Headed by Steve Prickelmyer of Greenville, S.C., the group includes Saluda percussionist Mark Lauer, guitarist Bill Loftus of Flat Rock and other regional musicians.
  • Sept. 30 | Padenrich Station brings some great Indie Folk and Americana music to the stage featuring recording artists Marie Diffee Wright and Jamie Hill of Anderson, S.C. The duo switches between guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, to bring a "mellow vibe and intimacy to their live shows that relax the souls of their audience."
Craft beers that now include the popular Sierra Nevada brand, red and white wines, organic snacks and sandwiches are available at each music event where patrons can enjoy relaxing at a picnic table or bring their own foldup chair. There is never a cover charge at these child and dog friendly outdoor events.
Saluda Outfitters also offers:
  • Convenient seven days a week hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. close on Friday/Saturday)
  • A hiking trail that connects to Main Street for the convenience of downtown walkers
  • Locally manufactured Bellyak boards, Hala standup paddle boards and a new line of Giant bicycles and supplies
  • In house access to H2O Dreams paddling school's certified whitewater instructors
The store is housed at 435 Main Street in a beautiful log cabin on top of the hill overlooking the intersection of Ozone Drive and Highway 176. Just turn up Shand Street to find parking in front and back of the store. Convenient handicap accessibility is provided in the back parking lot.
For more information about Saluda Outfitters, call the store at (828) 848-4060 or visit us on Facebook or at or drop by daily between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
With fall just around the corner, The Dressing Room is receiving new fashions weekly.  Habitat, Chalet, CMC, and many more name brands are available now. I know you will be excited to shop for these new Fall 2017 styles and fashions. Take advantage of the great summer sale with 40% - 50% off on tops and pants. Ladies hand bags are 30% off.
Come visit The Dressing Room, Etc and as always thanks for shopping local.
Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555 
Saluda Mountain Lodge
Saluda Mountain Lodge has been doing very well and is happy to announce two full houses Aug 19 and 20. Since our coming in February, all the guests are very pleased with good reports of 100% cleanliness and comfort. Saludians should be proud to send their guests up on the hill to the greatest view in town! Please feel free to come anytime and visit us and the view!
Rob and Brenda Herbst 828-749-4951 Visit our website. 
FALL...My favorite time of the year is quickly approaching!!  And it's a beautiful time to visit Saluda, as well!
Sassafras is ready for this wonderful time of the year with many great styles that will be great to wear through the seasonal transition as the weather turns cooler.
Just in...Lots of beautiful scarves to dress up your outfits and keep you warm--JAG Jeans, Twills and Cords, and very comfortable and slenderizing Lysse Jeans and Leggings.  Beautiful tops from Sterling and Focus, and Mix & Match pieces from Cut Loose, Heartstring / Kleen, and much, much more! Check out our Facebook page "SassafrasSaluda" for pictures of our current stock and new arrivals!
Coming Soon...Fresh Produce! Yes, we will be carrying pieces from their "Boutique" line, which we are quite excited about.   We will soon have a small introductory offering for Fall, and a much larger grouping for Spring 2018.
Our "SALE" rack is now priced at 50% off!  Hurry in for the best selection.
We are open 6 days each week.  Monday thru Friday, 11:00am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.  
Sassafras is located at 46 E. Main Street, which is in the center of town, in between the Saluda Grade Café and The Pottery.  Store phone number is 828-749-2379.
As always, we appreciate your patronage, and look forward to seeing you soon!
  Connie and Catherine

We have had a great summer with lots of new folks visiting Saluda.  Our town continues to be popular as a "day tripping" town. We now have regulars from Greenville, Spartanburg and even Charlotte.  The building is still for sale and Sweet Earth Mountain will be there till we are shown the door.  Hope a nice investor buys it and leaves us and Gentle Hands right where we are.  With my endless chatting, it could happen. I am still taking in wonderful consignments, still marking down merchandise daily. If you haven't been it, don't judge by the outside array of stuff, we have fine antiques, especially crystal, furniture, glassware (big sale on wine and bar glasses) home décor, pottery, "mantiques", gently worn clothing, jewelry (galore) and yes lots of funky junk, thanks!  Keeping midday hours Monday thru Thursday, 11 - 5 Fridays, Saturdays, 12 - 4ish on Sunday, or call on off hours or for casual appointment--could be home posting on Ebay.  828-606-1748.
Located at 160 Highway 176 across from Green River BBQ.
Located at 160 Highway 176 across from Green River BBQ.
The dog days of summer are now behind us and the cool crisp mountain air portends the beginning of Fall. This is the time of year we all look forward to - when we turn off the air conditioning and open all the windows and doors. Oatmeal with caramelized apples & walnuts for breakfast and butternut squash soup for dinner. And all around us the mountains begin their annual transformation from lush green to a cacophony of Fall colors. Here at the Orchard Inn we await your visit for a relaxing stay at our lovely romantic bed and breakfast or a sumptuous meal at Newman's Restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm. All are welcome at our little piece of mountain 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. During the month of September we're still celebrating the many organic delights being harvested from our 4,000 sq. ft. garden, including many varieties of heirloom kale, beans, eggplant, apples, carrots, and herbs galore. At Newman's Restaurant we strive to bring diners a true "farm to table" gastronomic 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. It's not too early to begin planning for the upcoming holidays. We are now taking reservations for our amazing Thanksgiving dinners as well as the very popular Dickens Dinners in December and NYE black tie Gala to usher in 2018 in OI style.
Originally built in 1926 and called the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. 
We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012, 2013, 2014, 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)

Thompson's Store can supply you with all your needs for grilling outside. Come by and see our meat case with all our variety of sausage links. From Charlie's Sage Sausage to Brats and Jeff's Italian Sausage--all are great for outside cooking this fall. We have the best of steaks like Ribeyes, New York Strips, and Filets. We also carry boneless chicken breast and pork loin. When planning a picnic and a fall afternoon hike, come by and purchase the best of roast beef, turkey or ham, along with your favorite cheese. We are your neighbor market so come and look around, we know you will find something delicious and tasty.
Ward's Grill has the best burgers around and we also have a mesquite chicken sandwich; give it a try. For a different taste try our CJ Burger which is half Charlie's Sausage and Fresh Ground Beef, add homemade pimento cheese and you have the best ever. Remember to have our homemade soup or our made from fruit cobblers. We are open on Sunday 11 to 4 so leave the cooking to us for Sunday dinner.
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.  
Lola's Celebration Venue is the best place to have an event. For birthday, anniversary or wedding, you will cherish the memories. Give us a call to plan your next event.
Thompson Store and Ward's Grill are open 7 days a week:
Thompson Store- Monday to Saturday, 8 to 6
Ward's Grill- 7 to 3.
Both are open Sunday, 11 to 4; come by and enjoy.
Thanks for supporting us and remember to shop LOCAL.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here  to visit the website.  Click here for directions.  Phone is 828-749-2321. Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ  
The last of our Summer Concert Series is Sunday, September 3 with Bayou Diesel. 4-7pm on our Patio, The Barking Lot! Bring your pets and kids!
We will close Tuesday, September 5 to give our staff a breather from the busy summer rush! We will reopen on Friday the 8th after we have given the kitchen and dining room a deep cleaning!  
Fall brings us a new menu in mid September with fall and winter favorites and soups and stews. Come try our new Garlic Parmesan wings. They were such a huge hit as our special for the Eclipse that we will have them on the menu for the fall.   Many breweries have already released their fall selections. Octoberfest has already been on tap for a few weeks. 
Join us outside in the Barking Lot to enjoy the cooler days or join us inside to watch your favorite football team. We will always have college and NFL on our large screen TV's. 

Our Fall 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 
September knowing we are savoring the end of a beautiful summer season and ready to welcome the fall.  Those cool nights and crisp days will soon be here - with the blast of color not long behind.  We will be closed at Wildflour for an autumn break Saturday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept.15.  We will reopen Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 am.   With such a small staff, the possibility of filling in for one another as we take vacations was just not possible.  So some of us will travel, some will have time for the neglected tasks or hobbies at home and some will take the opportunity to explore places close to home -- and we will all return refreshed and excited to see you again.  Just a note here......we are still looking for that perfect fit to join our staff...  someone that is friendly and hard working. Applications are available at the counter.
Many of you know that we grind our own grains each day.  Several years ago, Wildflour joined a few other small bakeries in the greater Asheville area to form Carolina Ground.  As a group, we reached out to local farmers, many who used to grow tobacco but no longer had a market for it.  The results are local farmers growing grain organically and selling directly to Carolina Ground (no middleman cut of their income).  The Carolina Ground members are able to buy local, organically grown grains (without the added cost of shipping across the country from the grain belt).  And our customers get local, organic grains, better prices and a sense of pride in being a part of such a Win-Win system.  To all of you, for your support, we say THANK YOU!

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 Back in Saluda, Local Market
"The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was nameless splendor everywhere.
That wild exhilaration in the air.
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet."
--Henry Wadsworth  
*Space available for parties & private events. Call for reservations. 
September is here bring crisp apples, cool temperaures and school buses!  Watch out for our local school students crossing the streets in town.  Fall and winter produce will be arriving soon and craft beers perfect for holiday meals and gift giving.  Shop early and shop local!
September Hours:
Monday, Thursday & Saturday: 10:00AN-6:00PM
Wednesday & Friday" 10:00AM-8PM Wildflour's Pizza Night
Sunday: 10AM-4:00PM Wildflour's Brunch Time
Tuesday: CLOSED
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
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BackhistoricHistoric Saluda

Committee Members Needed
Are you interested in Saluda's history and do you want to help preserve its history? If so, you may want to consider applying to serve on the Historic Saluda Committee, a committee under the jurisdiction of the City of Saluda. There are a limited number of seats vacant on the seven member panel. All appointments are made by the Saluda Board of Commissioners. All members shall live in the Saluda community, and anyone who owns property in the Saluda community but does not live here fulltime may be appointed as a committee member. It would be preferable for members to have an interest in Saluda's history, historic preservation and in furthering the cause to preserve Saluda's unique character. Members must be able to attend meetings held the second Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. A Committee Appointment Application must be mailed or delivered to the City of Saluda, Saluda City Hall, 6 E. Main St, Saluda NC 28773. Please email all questions to Applications can be downloaded at
Donations 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. Contact us at to contribute to history!

  • 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, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle , Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Outdoor Adventures

Enjoy the End of Summer at Pearson's Falls and Glen
Soft breezes and tall lush trees make Pearson's Falls a cool, lovely place for a hike up the glen to the falls or to sit quietly and enjoy nature on one of the many benches as Colt Creek tumbles by. The falls trail is an easy ¼ mile hike up a gentle incline to the 90' waterfall that is roaring with water this year.
As the end of summer approaches the yellow Golden Rods, purple and white Asters, pink Turtleheads, and Hearts A'Bustin add spots of color along with many butterflies and moths, spiders, lizards, and other insects. And the first color is beginning to appear in the tops of the maple trees. Come spend a few hours and enjoy one of WNC's spectacular waterfalls.
There is a $5 adult/$1children age 6-12 admission fee to Pearson's Falls & Glen. The hours are Monday to Sunday 10 AM until 6 PM. (Gate closes at 5:00 PM). For information, please call the Gate at 828-749-3031. For more information about events and what is blooming at Pearson's Falls go to our web site at Pearson's Falls .
Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC, 28773. From Saluda follow 176 S down the mountain about 3 miles. Watch for signs on the right for the turn to Pearson's Falls. Take Highway 176 N from Tryon about 4 miles. Watch for signs for the turn to Pearson's Falls on your left.
Or drive down Pearson's Falls Road, which begins near the bakery and garden center across from Saluda Elementary School. Follow the road down to 2748 Pearson's Falls Road.
Tryon Garden Club Fall Meeting
The Tryon Garden Club will hold its first fall meeting on September 20 at 2:00 at FENCE in Tryon, NC. Our speaker is floral designer Margaret Brown from Augusta, GA, who has provided all the floral arrangements to the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National since 1982. She will present a lively talk with a lot of anecdotes from her years of involvement at the Masters as well as interesting floral tips.
The Tryon Garden Club is a 501©(3) organization, one of the oldest garden clubs in North Carolina, having been organized in 1928. The meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. The presentation begins at 2:00. FENCE is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC. For directions phone 828-859-9021; or go to
Submitted by Lucy Brannon  
Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) have consolidated and become one newer, stronger organization - Conserving Carolina!
Conserving Carolina activities for September:
Volunteer Information Sessions
Thursday, September 7th, 8-9 a.m. or Tuesday, September 19th, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Learn how you can make a difference.  Sessions held at Conserving Carolina, 837 Case St.,Hendersonville.
Humphrey Farm Workday
Friday, September 15th, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Join us for invasive non-native species removal! Meet at 10 a.m. at the Humphrey Farm (989 Foster Creek Road, off North Mills River Road) or at our Hendersonville office (847 Case Street) at 9:30 a.m. Ability to bend down and walk short distances is necessary for the day, but invasive plant ID will be taught. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and bring water, snacks, and lunch.
Florence Nature Preserve Workday
Friday, September 22nd, 10-3 p.m.  
For Land's Sake!
Friday, September 22nd
Join us at the home of Alan and Jenny Taylor at Thanksgiving Farm (also known as Thanksgiving Hill) at the NC/SC state line. Celebrate conservation while enjoying beautiful mountain views. Thanksgiving Hill has been the site of Thanksgiving Day hunt meets for many years. 
Why is there such high biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?
Saturday, September 23rd, 10:30 a.m.-noon 
Join us at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve to learn about our local biodiversity and why this region supports such a profusion of life; presented by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, author of "Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians," and a professor of biology and environmental science at Brevard College. 
Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup: South Mills Gap Road in Edneyville
Saturday, September 23rd, 10-2 p.m. with an optional post-cleanup hike
Tons of trash covers the roadsides around WNC - help us make that first step in returning our area to its natural beauty. After the clean-up, come on an optional, guided hike up Bearwallow Mountain and view our amazing region from above!
To learn more or RSVP, please contact Ericka at . Visit our new website .

The Write Stuff
Peggy Wolf
This is a new column to feature Saluda's writers and authors. Writers can announce new books, excerpts from their work, or short stories. Please submit to

Against All Odds
By Peggy Wolf
They told me he would never learn to read--the doctors, his teachers, and some of his social workers. True, our foster son's IQ was a shade away from mental retardation. During his first seventeen months, abuse and neglect hindered his development. At age three, he had no concept of shapes and colors. At age five, we had to forget about introducing the alphabet or anything as abstract as numbers. Even at age six, a word on a page that matched a picture meant nothing to him. I felt that the inability to read was a death sentence to life and living. I had to find a way.
Eventually he grasped that a cow said "moo," but a D saying "duh" left him cold. I made up silly songs and rhymes hoping that some sound would stick. Still nothing. I had to seize teachable moments because his severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder too often stole his mind and Tourettes Syndrome hindered vocal and kinetic control. My husband made a wooden peg frame that enabled our son to maneuver alphabet cards with his hands. I traced letters then cut them out of fine sandpaper. Holding his pointer finger in my hand, we traced over and over each letter while saying its name and making its sound.
Finally a spark of hope. He began to sound out a few of the letters, then more and more. This dragged on for two years. He still wasn't able to put the letters together to form words. Pictures and drawings gave him no clues.
One evening while we labored over his homework, the concept of reading miraculously blasted through. When he realized he was actually reading words, his eyes widened, then a smile engulfed his face. He couldn't stop himself. He read the same story, sounding out the words on the same pages, over and over. The atmosphere was electric. I couldn't hide my tears of joy. Choosing another book, he asked if he could read to us at bedtime. He read that one too, many times.
At almost nine years old, our Jonathan became a full-fledged, library card-carrying reader. A decade later he walked across the stage to claim his high school diploma.

"Against All Odds" is an excerpt from Peggy Wolf's memoir MOTHER OF SONS which is a work in progress. You may contact Peggy at
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. 

Night Out with the Bradley Boys
My big brother, Fanning, and the Phifer boys from home, and Tucker Mccravy were older than I, and they did things that I couldn't do. One of the things was going to Green River down in the cove with the Bradley boys and their Daddy, Mr. Edward Bradley.
They took some grub and a frying pan and went to stay all night. They grappled under the' banks for suckers and whatever they could put their hands on, and seined in the fast water with croaker sacks for cats and eels and whatever else. They all said it was scary wading and swimming in that cold green water in the dark of the night with only a lantern to see by. They weren't used to sticking their arms up under river banks grappling for suckers, and how did you tell an eel from a snake?
They talked about it a lot when they came home and this is the part I remember the most. Mr. Ed Bradley was a good sized man and he had a good head of almost black hair and a full beard to match. This made him look kind of shaggy.   He wore just his bib overalls when they went in the river and they said he worked harder and caught more fish than the others.
My brother said the spookiest thing he ever saw was Mr. Ed Bradley swimming in Green River with the lantern light reflecting on his face and beard and long hair, with a nice eel held tight in his teeth and that eel a' turning and twisting around his head and trying to get free. You can't hold an eel in your hands, so I guess this was the only way. They must have enjoyed it, because they went back lots of times.
Sending the Message
Mrs. Ed Bradley's boys spent a lot of time down in the cove. Sometimes she needed them at home. The way she called them was with an old "fox horn" or hunting horn. It was made from the longest steer horn to be found. She had to walk a little way down the cove road to get to a place where the sound would travel down the cove echoing on both sides.
If she only needed one boy, she blew a single call. If she wanted all of them, she blew three times. And they climbed out of there.
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Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

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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 

"South View"...wake up to the sunrise over the mountains; take in the beauty of the view morning, noon, & night! Hard to find such a spectacular view so close to downtown Saluda. MLS# 3286240, $325,000

Great Options in extra large manf. home on private wooded, .89ac knoll, 2 mins. to quaint town of Saluda. MLS# 3293104, 2595 SF, 3BR, 3BA

Saluda cottage plus potential investment property perfect for a B&B, short term rental or art studio! (660 sqft w/bath, efficiency kitchen, HVAC). Inviting screen porch, rich pine MLS#3293039, $389,900.

Porches galore and views form every room. This spacious 2 large bedrooms, open floor plan with loft is a great mountain retreat and a super place to relax and rest. MLS#3289244 $395,000

Wonderful first time home buyers dream. Within walking distance from downtown. Low maintenance and the yard is an easy keep.The open great room, with a fireplace, is open to the kitchen and dining area. The attached one car garage has interior access. MLS# 3289304, $169,900

6 car garages accompany this large ranch home w/finished lower level settled on over 10 acres, within 3 mins. of quaint downtown Saluda. MLS#3287811 $429,000

Beautiful custom built home with rocking chair front porch, Cathedral ceiling living room w/gas fireplace, formal dining, kitchen w/breakfast area, master suite on main w/whirlpool tub, ceramic tile & walk-in closet, MLS#3287543, $329.000

Lakefront traditional with many windows for viewing the lake just steps from the house. 2-Car garage, master on the main level Special features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, office, sunroom, large master suite. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#
3280597, $369,900
Privately situated on an acre with fruit trees, mature plantings, brick home with lots of work space and storage in basement and over-sized garage. Beautifully cared for brick home in charming Saluda but without city taxes! Great deck spaces for outdoor fun and large rec room. 3BR, 2BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#3269234, $249,000
Relax on the front porch of this immaculate mountain cabin after hiking to the creek. Then come inside, build a fire, and read your favorite book. During summer months, take a dip in the creek or swim in the neighborhood pool. This is the perfect mountain retreat. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#3262681, $175,000 UNDER CONTRACT!

Enjoy charming Saluda and walk to Main Street for dining, shopping and fun! MLS#3253329, $275,000

Lake Sheila A Frame with stone fireplace to cozy up to on a cool winter night.1-ac level lot adjoins preserved watershed. Partial finished basement for recreation.Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating in 28 ac pristine, private mountain lake. MLS#3232826, $235,000. 
sunset Looking for lake property in Saluda.
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NEW on the Market!
Enjoy views of long range vistas in A-frame built to take advantage of views.Finished basement has bedroom area, family room and full bath.Master and laundry on main for easy access. Preserved watershed across Rd so very private.Full privileges to enjoy coveted Lake Sheila for swimming, fishing, and boating (non-motorized). 3BR/3BA MLS#3308255, $406,000
This is the perfect mountain getaway! White pine dove tail manufactured cabin has 1BR/1BA with a 2 BR septic. Great rocking chair front porch to enjoy the mountain air. MLS#3313860, $108,900.
You won't believe this historic-looking home isn't an immaculately preserved hand hewn log cabin! Get the best of both worlds w/ a newer home, built in 1999 by Don Mintz Builders, w/ historic charm & fantastic location. 2BR/2BA MLS#3311542, $242,000
Private mountain cabin with year round views that extend for 60 miles. Perfectly situated on 1.78 acres Open floor plan for the main living area is ideal for family and entertaining, leaving the second half of the home open for sleeping quarters. MLS#3312002, $188,000

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

Lots and Land
Lake Lots 
NEW! 6.40 acres Lake Sheila, MLS#3296972, $183,500
1.01 ac on Lake Adger, MLS# 3246170 , $85,000
89 ac view lot at Lake Sheila, MLS#3254020, $82,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Lake Sheila, 1.21 ac MLS#3213167, $85,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $39,000 MLS#518705
1.05 ac, Macedonia Lake, MLS# 3175119 , $75,000
Saluda City Lots 
NEW! .87 ac historic Columbia Heights area, MLS#
3273411, $76,000
.96 ac, Ozone Commercial, MLS#3213577, $125,000
.46 ac, MLS# 3151228 , $68,500
Piney Mountain
2.33 ac, MLS# 3174376 , $52,800
2.48 ac, MLS# 3237409 , $28.000
15.66 ac, MLS# 3237521 , 199,900

 2.23 ac on corner lot, $32,000, MLS#3256215

1.65 Ac views, adj. NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643  
View Lots 
NEW! 1.07 ac Mountain Vista, MLS# 3283946
5 ac, View, MLS
# 3123117 $59,500
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS# 3133490 ,
River Lots
5.39 ac on Green River, MLS# 3193798 , 205,000
1.33 ac Morgan Creek, MLS# 3284644
, $49,900
2.08 ac in Whites Lake, creek,
 MLS# 3273455, $55,000
 1.03 acres, just outside city limits, MLS# 3244790 , $55,000
4 ac, MLS# 3168763 , $38,000
1.76 ac, MLS# 3199724 , $36,500
1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
1.66 ac, Whites Lake, MLS# 3231014 , $32,000
5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
Large Unrestricted Acreage 
 25+ ac, Fork Creek, $148,000, MLS#
41.74 ac Red Horse Lane off Mtn. Page Rd. $329,900, MLS#3260512
37+ ac, MLS# 3225752 , $278,100
30+ ac, MLS# 3225718 , 226,500
38.01 ac, MLS# 3193033 , 186,000
13.63 ac, MLS# 3219620 , 126,000
10.50 ac, MLS# 3228565 , 126,000
10 Acres, MLS # 3148496 , $125,000
21.4 ac, MLS# 3148326 m $122,000

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