Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  April 2017  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Saluda Easter Egg Hunt
Swing into Spring
Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Train Tales
The Italians are Coming
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Thursday Golf
Health & Wellness
Saluda Yard Sale
Coon Dog Day
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Arts Festival
SAF Performing Artists Schedule
SAF Volunteers
Student Art Challenge
SAF Sponsorships
Top of the Grade
Saluda Scoop
Historic Saluda
Featured Building on Tour
Outdoor Adventures
Through Our Eyes
The Write Stuff
I Remember Saluda
Remembering Connie
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 

Private, yet only steps to beautiful Lake Sheila where you can enjoy swimming, fishing and kayaking. Lake Shiela is a private 28 acre lake in the mountains of Saluda and only minutes to Historic Downtown Saluda, where you will find dining, music and art. Home sits on 2 private acres with paved drive and a gate. Features include full house generator, beautiful stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, breakfast bar and all wood floors. Loads of porch space and deck for outdoor entertaining. 3BR, 2BA, MLS# 3265555, $285,000

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
Experience nature from your back deck. Outdoor living at its best. Multi level decking, waterfall into Koi pond, stone fire pit and beautiful plants that the birds and butterflies enjoy. Quality log construction, granite counters, built in sauna off the master bedroom, upper covered porches to take in the view. MLS#3258083, $447,500
Private mountain cabin in natural development that adjoins the NC Wildlife Gamelands. Enjoy mountain vistas from wrap around porch.Master and laundry on main level with lots of room for guests in finished basement. Furniture and accessories negotiable with sale. MLS#3260092, $295,000
Major fixer upper or tear down in excellent location! Home sits on three lots. Located in a historic and quiet neighborhood a block from Main Street Saluda. *Approximately 1780 of sq feet heated by a wood stove. MLS#3259246, $115,000
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 UNDER CONTRACT!
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  UNDER CONTRACT!
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, $275,000
Enjoy this impeccable home built in 2013 for full or part time living that is low maintenance & easy care.  MLS#3232972, $258,000 UNDER CONTRACT
Cabin in the woods with mountain view on 8 acres. Finish basement to make more heating area space, already plumbed for bath. 45 x 45 Morton building with full bath, heat source, and electricity could be quest house or a barn.  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, $239,900.
Lake Sheila Property - Make your next vacation or full time home at this hidden gem mountain lake in western NC. L
2BR, 2BA, MLS#3198992, $249,800 UNDER CONTRACT! 
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 

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 M o untain  Home? Then Build It!

Lots and Land
  Lake Lots
NEW! 1.01 ac on Lake Adger, MLS# 3246170 , $85,000
NEW! .89 ac view lot at Lake Sheila, MLS#3254020, $82,000
Lake Sheila, 1.21 ac MLS#3213167, $85,000
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607 UNDER CONTRACT
Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $40,000, MLS#510462
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705
1.05 ac, Macedonia Lake, MLS# 3175119 , $75,000
Saluda City Lots
.96 ac, Ozone Commercial, MLS#3213577, $125,000
.46 ac, MLS# 3151228 , $68,500
.23 ac, MLS#591373, $48,000
.11 ac Historic Commercial zoning, MLS# 3216007 , $78,000
Piney Mountain
2.33 ac, MLS# 3174376 , $52,800
2.48 ac, MLS# 3237409 , $28.000
15.66 ac, MLS# 3237521 , 199,900

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

1.65 Ac views, adj. NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643  
 View Lots
5 ac, View, MLS # 3123117 $59,500
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS# 3133490 , $65,000
River Lots
5.39 ac on Green River, MLS# 3193798 , 205,000
NEW! 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
41.74 ac Red Horse Lane off Mtn. Page Rd. $399,900, 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

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 March 31, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017       22         13                             

Homes 2016       14          0       


Land 2017           6          3  

Land 2016           5          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.
National Volunteer Week April 23-29
Thank you to all the volunteers who dedicate so much time, energy, and financial support that make Saluda a healthy, thriving community!
National Volunteer Week
April 23-29
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 April 4 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust
meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. April 5.  
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet Monday, April 14, 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 April 11 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Saluda Train Tales , April 21 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club , will meet April 17, 10am at Saluda Library.
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo , April 24 at 6pm.
Saluda Welcome Table at the Saluda Methodist Church every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Everyone is welcome.
Brown Bag- Available, April 21, 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.
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.
Swing into Spring FUNdraiser
McCreery Park
Anyone who participated in the first Annual "Swing into Spring" FUNdraiser for McCreery Park on Saturday, March 25 can tell you that it was a fabulous experience for all and a fantastic success for the first major fundraising effort by the City of Saluda's Parks Planning Committee.
With the cooperation of Mother Nature and the tireless energy of many entertainers and volunteers, the event unfolded (almost) without a hitch. Funds raised so far in relation to "Swing Into Spring" exceed $3,000. Donations are still most welcome and can be mailed or dropped off at City Hall (PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773).
The Parks Planning Committee would like to thank the following for their contributions (in no particular order):
Saluda Elementary School First Graders: Callie, Madalyn, Daniel, Emma, Gracie, Angel, Caroline, Adalyn.
Beth and Dave Thomas
Donna and Herb Humphries
Linda Bailey
Mark, Henry, and Adelaide Gardner
Robin Kirby
Alana Bell
Martin and Zetta Anderson
Joni and Wylie Rauschenbach
MaryO Ratcliffe
Diane Hellstrom
Jim Rezac
Jeremy Rosario
Allen and Betsy Burnett, Ms. Mac and Nugget
Todd Neel and the Saluda Mountain String Band
Peter Eisenbrown
Kathy Angier
Somewhere In Time (Leon and Tangie Morgan)
Saluda Center
Saluda Elementary School
Saluda Library staff
City of Saluda staff
The Ogden Family
Saluda Historic Depot News

  Museum Open Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4pm. New exhibits to see:
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
Thanks to all of you who have already purchased your annual membership to the Depot. We are up to more than 200 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 .
Welcome New Volunteer Coordinator
Catherine Fairbanks is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Depot. Catherine will coordinate volunteer docents and be responsible for training.
If you would like to be part of Saluda's treasured landmark, please contact Catherine at or 803-457-2198.
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  
April 21 - Saluda Train Tales with Terry Ruscin, author of "History of Transportation in Western NC" 
April 22 - Depot Spring Fling, dinner-dance fundraiser at Lola's and Back Alley Barn with the Radio Rangers performing. 
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 21 -Saluda Train Tales
Mike Lassiter and Scott Galloway- Producers of Our Vanishing Americana: A Portrait of NC 
August 18 - Saluda Train Tales Raymond "Bo" Brown, SR Collector and Writer
September 15 - Saluda Train Tales
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

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.

Thanks to Marianne and Marc Blazar for hosting AmiciMusic's "A Night in Vienna" at the Orchard Inn to raise money for the Depot. It was an elegant event!
Saluda Train Tales
The Rails & Ties That Bound Our Foothills & Mountains
Saluda Train Tales is honored to feature Terry Ruscin, author-historian-photographer as presenter at Saluda Train Tales on April 21 at 7pm at the Saluda Historic Depot.
His program includes a timeline of railroad history in the eastern United States with a focus on the Carolinas and an even tighter focus on Polk, Henderson and Buncombe County railroad heritage. Personalities include railroad executives, innkeepers, townsfolk and celebrated figures that passed through our region or became part-time or fulltime residents here.
Depot architecture will be illustrated and discussed through contemporary and vintage photographs, elevations and plans.
Ruscin will pilot his audience through Landrum, Tryon, Saluda, Hendersonville and Asheville, including the breathtaking climb from Melrose to Saluda.
The program includes a brief history of street rails and logging operations.
Ruscin's latest book, A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina (The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2016), will be available for sale and signing. The book takes in footpaths, gaps, ferries, bridges, river transportation, stagecoaches, railroads, trolleys and streetcars, hacks and drays, early automobile dealerships and airports and aviators. The old Drovers' Road, Buncombe Turnpike, Dixie Highway, history of Interstate 26, biographies of transportation pioneers, plus drovers and stagecoach inns and copious endnotes and photographs further illuminate the early transportation of our region. Bestselling author Robert Morgan penned the book's foreword. The book is fully indexed. Cost: $22.00.
Terry Ruscin is an author, Times-News columnist, photographer, historian, and retired advertising executive. He has written the books A History of Transportation in Western North Carolina, Glimpses of Henderson County, Hidden History of Henderson County, Hendersonville & Flat Rock: An Intimate Tour, and Mission Memoirs-a Benjamin Franklin Award-winner in 2000. He also wrote the travelogues Dining & Whining, Los Duendes: A Nostalgic Journey through Spain, and Taste for Travel.
Doors will open at 6:30pm and the presentation starts at 7pm. There is limited seating. Saluda Historic Depot is located at 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC.
The Italians are Coming!
Did you know th at Saluda, NC and Carunchio, Italy are now S ISTER CITIES?  The city councils of each town have adopt ed the other and several Saludians are working to develop connections between the two mou ntain 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.
CityCity Notes

"25 "   
That's the number of bricks we need to make the next 100 to be laid in the spring. Place your brick order t o give thanks, memorialize a loved one, or put your company name on a brick showing your support!     
Bricks are only $40, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Great Chirstmas present that lives on forever! 
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms.

You can have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park as a recognition as a contributor to this new community park.  This park is in the alley by M .A. Pace General Store and is the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or  

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Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.   Click here to download the Saluda Center April calendar. For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
National Volunteer Appreciation Week is
April 23-29
PATRICIA ROSKENS, THANK YOU! We appreciate your contribution, time and talent in helping to make the 2016 Saluda Center Gala a success. Again, thank you.
The new Saluda Center board officers: Louisa Williamson- chair, Michael Teal-vice-chair, Rhonda Corley-recording secretary, and Dan Wells-treasurer. Congratulations!
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., April 6 at 2 pm. The book for discussion is Georgia:  A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe by Dawn Tripp. Hope you can join the group for an interesting discussion.
In a dazzling work of historical fiction in the vein of Nancy Horan's   Loving Frank, Dawn Tripp brings to life Georgia O'Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.

"This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine."

In 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O'Keeffe's work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous.

O'Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz's sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation.

Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others say about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in.

A breathtaking work of the imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman, her search for love and artistic freedom, the sacrifices she will face, and the bold vision that will make her a legend. (From the publisher.)
The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., April 13 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., April 24 at 6pm. Bring a dish to share and have fun.

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

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

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

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.
Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.
If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.   

Saluda Community Land Trust
Spring Walks
Walks in the Woods will resume in April on the first and third Sundays of the month. Since the third Sunday in April is Easter Sunday, April will only have one walk which will (hopefully) catch the spring ephemeral wild flowers in their abundance.
April 2 - Twin Bridges
This will be a moderate meander of 1-2 hours.  Walkers will be guided through a huge population of emerging spring wildflowers located at the Twin Bridges over the Pacolet River on US 176 south of Saluda.
Walkers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2:00. 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 and water. For more information and rain cancelation contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or 
Twin Lakes is Ready
Planning a family reunion, wedding or a birthday event? Reservations are now being taken for Twin Lakes. Please refer to the calendar under Twin Lakes on our web site , to find out if the time you wish is available. If not already reserved, please contact Holly Wilkes at 
to make your reservation.

Moody Property
Work at the Moody House continues, despite loss of tools, generator, scaffolding and the wood cook stove to thieves. We are scheduling volunteer days for Saturday April 1st and Tuesday April 4th, 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.
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 workdays will be 10am the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month April 5, 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 Tailgate Market
The S tailgate aluda Tailgate Market is in its 8th season. We are an agricultural only market that opera tes from 4:30 to 6:30 every Friday from May through October. The market is located in Saluda's public parking lot on West Main Street and welcomes vendors from Polk and Henderson County.
If you would be interested in vending at our market, please send questions to: . Information, application, and rules and regulations are posted at: .
The Saluda Tailgate Market is friendly and well attended. The community of Saluda lends its full support to this market throughout the season. It is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, the City of Saluda, and Polk County Agricultural Economic Development.
For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club has arranged two local garden tours for its April 17th meeting. Both are equally stunning. We are privileged to be invited by Mary Reeves and Walter Hoover to view their lovely gardens in spring when buds, bulbs and early flowers are beginning to peek out of the ground to begin their annual glory. Meet at Saluda Library parking lot on Monday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m.

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 April.
Women's Club
How long have you been a part of Saluda, NC? Would you like to know exactly how our little town began and what sets it apart from the rest of Western North Carolina? You can learn all about our historic town this month!
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, April 11 at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall of Saluda Presbyterian Church right behind the Saluda Library. We have the privilege of learning about our rich heritage this month from Charlene Pace.  She will be presenting an oral history of Saluda for all who attend! 
Come share this time of refreshment, fellowship and knowledge!  Do feel free to bring a friend!  We look forward to seeing you there!   
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.
Health and Wellness

New Location!  Saluda Senior Center
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.  Gentle Yoga
Thursday   6 p.m.   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. 
Feldenkrais Saluda Special
The Feldenkrais Method® is a practice that involves increasing our awareness of the ways we use ourselves (the ways we move) and then improving them. How we move affects our experience of how easy or difficult an activity is, how well we perform it, and our comfort and enjoyment of it.
To learn how the Feldenkrais Method can benefit you, contact me, (Jane Ella) by phone or email, or check out my website.
Individual Feldenkrais lessons are by appointment. The fee is $75 (consultations are always free), and last an hour. They employ movements within your range of motion because there is great potential for improvement even within that range! It's changing the quality, not stretching the limits, of a movement that makes the difference!
I'm offering a Spring Special through April 30: Try a lesson risk-free. If you like the results, you may BOGO. If not, no charge.
Those who experience a Feldenkrais lesson know right away if this approach works for them.  
Jane Ella Matthews, M.Ed.
27 Pearson Falls Road 
Saluda, NC 28773
Mindful Flow at Isothermal Community College
Mindful Flow classes will again be offered this spring at Isothermal Community College. Classes begin in April and are a 4-week series. The series is $20 ($5/class). Classes are on Mondays and Fridays at 10 am.
Mindful Flow is taught by Jo Rytter, a Certified Kripalu Movement Instructor, who has been teaching for 17 years. Jo will be going on a sabbatical and NOT be teaching again until after Labor Day. Below is a description of the class and the series session number and dates. Call ICC to register at 828-894-3092. For more info call Jo:828-440-1160, .
Monday: April 10- May 8, session #48762
Friday: April 21 - May 12, session #46938
Mindful Flow is a class focusing on the breath while stretching the body. The class uses modified yogic flows which center and relax the body, increasing
flexibility. Mindful Flow is set to beautiful meditative music which helps the mind as well as the body relax. Jo is certified in Reiki I and uses this energy work during the Tranquility cool down of her Mindful Flow class. Please bring a yoga mat. A blanket is optional.   All ages and body types are Welcome! 
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.
Coon Dog Day Is Coming!
The 54th Annual Coon Dog Day is Saturday, July 8, 2017.
Please find all the information available now on , which includes the Vendor Application, the Sponsor Application, the 5K Race Registration Form, Parade Participant Sign Up, and more. If you have any questions, please call 828-749-3789.
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
Our school is collecting plastic bottle caps of all sizes and colors for an art mural. Thank you to our first grade classes for distributing bottle cap collection containers in various businesses downtown. Please donate your bottle caps by placing them in the containers downtown or bringing them to the school office. Thank you!
If you are interested in information about becoming a substitute teacher or substitute bus driver, please contact central office at (828) 894-3051.
Here's the Scoop for April Events at Saluda Elementary School:
April 6: Saluda School Fun Night: Book Fair 4:30-5:30 in the Media Center & Science Fair 5:30-6:30 in the gym and downstairs rock building. This is a drop-in event for families and community members. Come join us for an evening of fun!
April 7: 8:30 am assembly "Amazing Animals" in the auditorium    
April 10: Lego Robotics scrimmage at PCMS for student participants 4-6pm School Board meeting at Stearns 6:30 pm
April 11: Auditions for the Talent Show from 3:10-4:00 pm for interested students in         grades 2-5. Held in the school auditorium.
April 12: Egg hunt/park visit to Harmon Field for students in grades 1 & 2.
April 13: Kindergarten Registration at 1:30 pm. Please sign in at the office if you have a   child entering Kindergarten next year.  
2:00 pm assembly "Upcycled Cinderella" in the auditorium.            
April 14-23 NO SCHOOL
April 15: Easter Egg Hunt in Saluda
April 24: School resumes  
April 26: C4C Volunteer Recruitment in the auditorium at 9:00am. We are seeking        volunteers who would like to donate one hour per week from 3:30-4:30 tutoring            students in our After School Academy. If you are interested or know someone who is, please attend this session. Our current C4C members will be on hand to                     answer any questions.
April 27: Top Cat awards will be announced on the Morning News Show
April 28: Polk County High School Environmental Club to visit 3rd graders
Report cards go home

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!
April 3: Video Game Day
Bring your own devices or challenge your peers on the library's Nintendo Wii U. Snack and drinks will be provided.
April 10: Shrinky Dink Art  Make Shrinky Dink keychains for your backpack... Trace and color your design then watch as your creation shrinks in the oven!
April 17: Spring Break 
No Teen Scene activity this week. 
April 24: Cookout 
Stop by for an afternoon of fun... Music, outdoor games, and food! 

S.T.A.G. (Saluda Teen Advisory Group) meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. Join us on April 5 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 April 10 to create string art! All materials will be provided. If you have your own hammer, please bring it to this class. Registration is encouraged; please email or call 828-749-2117.
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

Please check with your church about Easter Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill. 
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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. 

Welcome New Saluda Postmaster 
Christine Iwerks is now Saluda's postmaster. Christine has been with the post office for over 32 years and most recently served at the Tryon post office. Living in Forest City, Christine is married with 2 children and 5 cats.
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
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. 


A Chorus of Songs 
Early mornings and late afternoons are filled with birdsong as migrating birds visit back yard feeders and begin the mating ritual of spring. Breaking the silence of night time winter is a cacophony of croaking frogs and trilling crickets, and daytime is starting to buzz as bees begin their new life cycle. Listen for the chirping of hummingbirds this month as they impatiently wait for you to fill feeders.
Along with nature's symphony as spring awakens in the mountains of Saluda, there are other sounds that are common this time of year. The lively laughter of kids at Saluda School carry through the air as they spend more time outside learning about the changes of the season.
Throughout Saluda, whirring of electric tools, buzzing saws, and clanging of hammers reverberate around the mountains as spring time home improvements and repairs get underway.
The cherry blossoms are blooming in McCreery Park in Saluda giving hope that the town is getting ready to burst with the pastel colors of spring. Spring showers stir up the musky scent of the earth and rouse the desire to be outdoors and work in gardens or go hiking in the woods.
With spring cleaning and maintenance behind them, shops and restaurants are open longer hours as more day trippers visit, and the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4pm. Green River Adventures will start kayak tours this month and Orchard Lake Campground will open.
Spring revives the beauty of the Saluda mountains and gives hope that all things are renewable.
Photo of McCreery Park Annual Fundraiser "Swing into Spring" of square dancing in Top of the Grade Park.
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion

Spring is here! The newspring menu debuts later this month and it features the fresh, sweet flavors of a warming earth. Fresh local asparagus, ramps, baby carrots, turnips, beets and spring onions adorn and flavor many of the new selections. It's time to raise the patio walls, enjoy the tastes and smells of spring and come out for some terrific live music.

The Danberry's
Sunday, April 9
We are pleased to welcome back The Danberrys to the Purple Onion stage on Sunday, April 9 at 7 PM. Admission for this show 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. 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.
"I can't get up there and sing something that doesn't move me," says Dorothy Daniel, the
tambourine-shaking, stargazing, breezy voiced front woman that makes up half of The Danberrys. Hailing from the surrounds of Nashville TN, Dorothy and husband Ben DeBerry (guitar/vocals) come together to create a unique entwining of styles. Acoustically driven, their sound spirals through bluegrass with the backbeat of funk, the patient lope of blues, and glimpses of pop.
Their latest album 'Give & Receive', was recorded at Zac Brown's Southern Ground studio in Nashville, TN and was released in June 2016. The album received two Independent Music Award nominations for Best Americana Album and Best Country Song (Let Me Ride), and one win for Best Bluegrass Song (Long Song).
The Danberrys sing songs rich in pastoral imagery, about overcoming demons, being washed clean and starting anew, and love in its many forms. In conversation with both Ben and Dorothy, spirituality and the concept of blooming into the full power of your brain and heart are topics that often surface, naturally suffusing into their lyrics with clever subtlety - more hinting than hollering.
Live Music Calendar in April
The schedule for April is very exciting because much of the music is jazz, exciting especially for those people who may not think we have enough of it. We hope to see you here many times. I know that I will be.
April 1 - Shana Blake Band 
High-energy band from Charlotte returns with their R&B/soul/funk sound.
Our longtime friend & great singer/songwriter David Childers is joined by brothers, Chad and Alan of the Loudermilks, and formerly from NC's critically acclaimed alt. country pioneers, Lou Ford.

Fusion/Jazz 3-tet from Asheville NC. DAO incorporates the musical abilities of Darlyne Cain, Andy John and Orion Faruque.
April 9 - The Danberrys (Sunday Concert) - See Above
April 13 - Marshall Ballew & Wanda Lu Paxton
Former friends from WNCW who helped us get our start - fine musicians too.
April 15 - Millie Palmer Quartet  
Millie's back with some of the areas finest jazz musicians
April 20 - Keith Davis Trio 
Fabulous jazz trio from Greenville.
Polished, acoustic jazz, swing tunes, Latin rhythms and smooth vocals.
April 27 - Sam Anderson
It has been way too long (years) since this fine singer/songwriter has appeared here.
April 29 - Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio
Soulful vocals from a great song stylist with a wonderful jazz trio.
Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
Employment Opportunities
The Purple Onion is currently searching for line cooks and prep cooks to join our team. We are willing to train but will give preference to applicants with restaurant experience. We are looking for employees with great attitudes and a willingness to work hard in a fun, fast paced environment. Reliable transportation is a must. Compensation is competitive and a complementary meal is served at each shift. Please send your resume to or stop by between 2-4 pm daily to fill out an application.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook

Thursda y, April 27
You are cordi ally invited to join your friends, clients, family and co- workers on Thursday, April 27 for the 15th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit to support the mission of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). The
need is greater than ever this year with federal funding continuing to drop and an increasing number of clients who need help. For the twelfth year, The Purple Onion is pleased to be among over 100 restaurants in WNC who have agreed to donate 20% of their gross sales on April 27th to help WNCAP to meet its expanding needs. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three at any of the participating restaurants. Please consider joining us for lunch or dinner.

back alley Depot Spring Fling at Back Alley Barn 
A Benefit for the Saluda Historic Depot
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6pm To 9pm, Music starts at 7pm
Tickets $30 Fried Chicken/Fixens and Shrimp Gumbo
Silent Auction
Music By Radio Rangers from Atlanta, GA
Tickets are on sale at Thompson's Store and the Saluda Historic Depot or click here to purchase on PayPal . Tickets will be sold at the door. For questions, call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958.
Radio Rangers
The 3-member band hales from Atlanta, GA and is performing this concert pro bona to help the Saluda Historic Depot with its fund raising efforts to pay the mortgage on the purchase of the building.
Dan Foster was inspired by this small mountain town and wrote a ballad, the Saluda Grade. Dan arranged and performed the first version with the band High Cotton. Now with a new team of musicians, the ballad has been arranged with the Radio Rangers and was released at the Saluda Historic Depot last November. The CD will be on sale during the Depot Spring Fling.
Other band members are Mark Ewald, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and Bryant Kachel, electric bass.

The Back Alley Barn is behind Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. 
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.

Saluda Grade Café      
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 Time Music! Music starts @ 7...See you there!
We are open: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11-3, lunch; Wednesday thru Saturday, 5-9, dinner; Sunday 11-7.  
Live Music every Friday Night @ 7.    Saluda Grade Band has been with us for over 6 years. They are dedicated to bringing Old Time Music with joy and fun to all!
Live Music every Wednesday @ Noon with Deb Camacho . Amazing Original songs from the heart! She has the voice of an Angel.
Saturday April 8th @ 7 .... Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers, longtime friends of Saluda Grade Café, play every instrument known to old time and folk music; these accomplished musicians who play across the country are playing for you on April 8th. Let's show them how much we appreciate their lifelong dedication to the Art of Music.
Saturday April 29th .... Garrett and McCurry hit the stage at 7 for a lively evening of tunes and entertainment. Join us for great food, cold beer and fantastic entertainment.
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
11th Annual Spring Green Bash  Saturday, May 6 is the 11th Annual Spring Green Bash hosted by Green River Adventures. This year's event is a benefit for Mountain True, announcing their new RiverKeeper program for the Green River! 
As always, Oskar Blues will start pouring beer around 5:00pm, and this year The Honeycutters take the stage at 5:30.  
Come celebrate spring and the awesome organization that is Mountain True making a move to improve the quality of the Green River.
When: Saturday, May 6, 5:30pm
Where: Green River Adventures, 111 East Main Street Saluda
Why: Because it's  Spring!
Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Dancer's Extension
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 

The Pottery
The Pottery in historic downtown Saluda presents the 2017 Cup Show. This exhibit of the potter's hardest working and most intimate vessel runs April 1 through 30 with an opening reception April 1 from 4 to 8 pm with free cups that night while they last. More info at: .
Located at E Main Street, Saluda, NC 828- 713-5719

Jim Carson   AIS
Painting The Town/Mastering The Citysc ape
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!

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 instructi on 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.

Random Arts
Random Arts has been providing fertile grounds for creativity and inspiration for over 22 years and we are eager and ready to guide you in your creative journey whether it be organizing a paint party, choosing the right colors, learning oil painting, learning to collage, water color or simply making a fast and easy greeting card. 
We are here to help; we are part of the community, and as we say as we walk with you through the process, "It Takes a Village." It's not just one person here; it's a collaborative of talented artists working together for the same common goal.
In April our calendar consists of Assemblage on April 1 with Bobbie Polizzi. Then on to an afternoon workshop on the 5th, Vintage theme greeting cards. April 13 is beginning jewelry with Abbie Doyle and then on to Abstract Collage Painting with Charlotte artist Wan Marsh on April 22 and 23. 
If that's not enough, just keep coming back because we change things up all the time.
We are happily located Slightly Off Main Street at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana.  Look for the brightly colored signs as you drive into town and find us on  Facebook  for up to date notices of sales and special events. 828-749-1165, 481 Louisiana Ave, Saluda, NC 28773, .
14th Annual Saluda Arts Festival

  Waddil Arts FestivalSALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL
  Historic Downtown
Saluda, NC
   May 20, 2017  
10am - 4pm

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 20, 2017.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional visual and performing artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  
A complete list of artists and map locations will be available on after May 1.
The Saluda Arts Festival is organized each year by the CORE team (C-Creative, O-Organized, R-Responsible, E-Enthusiastic). This year the team consists of Mary Mason, Beth Carson, Kristen Mode, Amber Grant, Lauretta Cook, Debbie Camacho, Alexia Boyd, and Cathy Jackson.

For questions, please contact Alexia Boyd at or Mary Meyland-Mason at
or 817-946-1284.
Saluda Arts Festival Performing Artists Schedule
Mercury Rising Band
Beverly-Hanks Porch 10-12
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
Saluda Historic Depot Porch 10-12 
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. 

Hogtown Squea
All Around Town 11-2
Brevard's Hogtown Squealers have delig hted audiences and dancers for more than twenty years. Currently the band consist s of Tom Anderson (fiddle, vocals), Susan Brown (fiddle), Matt Gardner (bass), John von Stein (accordion, vocals), Keith Ward (guitar), and Gary Wells (banjolyn, vocals).

Life Like Water
Don Mintz Builders Porch 12-2
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.

Performing on Ella Grace Mintz Stage in Top of the Grade at McCreery Park (moved to Pavilion if rain)
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 Famers Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, and other contemporary greats.
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.

Balloon Artist and Stilt Walker
For the enjoyment of the children and amazement of all, talented Balloon Artist, Stephanie Miles will create art out of balloons from 12:30 to 3:30 in McCreery Park Playground, and Stilt Walker, Ananda (Heather Springsteen) will keep eyes skyward all along Main Street from 11:30 to 3:30.
Dancer's Extension Spring Concert at Saluda School
The Spring Concert is planned for 11am at Saluda Elementary School's auditorium on the day of the festival. Approximately 50 students will perform with numbers in the genres of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Admission is free.  This is the 7th year these talented students have participated in the Saluda Arts Festival.
Volunteers Needed for Saluda Arts Festival
Volunteer. Have fun and Make New Friends!   We need smiling faces. Volunteering for the Saluda Arts Festival is great fun. We need volunteers the day of the event working four shifts, 7- 10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm and 2pm- 4pm. Jobs include: section leaders, section assistants, SAF Information Tent, parking supervisors at three lots and golf cart drivers.
The time passes in a blink. Have some fun. Sign up today!  Contact Kristen Mode at 570-856-3838 or email
Student Art Challenge
Saluda Arts Festival
The 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival, May 20, 2017, will feature a Student Art Challenge, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.
All Polk County students may submit their creative Art projects through their School Art Department. This year's theme is "Polk County NC, My Home." Students are encouraged to choose an art project to describe/depict Polk County, NC to a first time visitor.
Student Art will compete in one of four categories and be awarded official recognition and a $50 Saluda merchandise gift certificate: Categories are:
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
3rd - 5th grade
6th - 8th grade
9th - 12th grade
All art entries to be collected from the Polk County School District Art Teachers, May 17, 2017. Contact Mary Meyland, Art Festival Co-Chair, for more information.
Saluda Arts Festival Sponsorship Opportunity
We sincerely thank our sponsors for their gracious contributions, which continue to support the Art culture and history in Saluda. Without these sponsorships, we would not be able to offer the same top quality, family-oriented cultural event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors who contribute funds to support the Saluda Arts Festival.
Be recognized for supporting the Arts.
If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's festival, please contribute by April 15. 
Sponsorships can be made to Saluda Business Association and mailed to PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773.  
Individual sponsorships can be made for any amount.  Business sponsorships will be recognized on a "Sponsor Banner" that will be on display during the festival. Here are business sponsorship categories: Bronze-$50, Silver-$100, Gold - $250. With contributions of $250 or more, a special banner will be made for you and placed in a highly visible area. Sponsors are also recognized in our media releases and announcements.
We promote the festival within a two to four hour driving distance of Saluda. We advertise on two NPR public broadcasting stations, electronic boards, regional trade magazines, circulated marketing literature and appear on local TV spots.
We invite you to visit  and click on the Saluda Arts Festival to get more information. See what you're missing and expand your business footprint in the surrounding area.

For more information, please contact Beth Carson at
Top of the Grade Concerts
Top of the Grade Concerts at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park in historic downtown Saluda begins its 2017 season on Friday, June 9 with four concerts planned this year.
All performances will be held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. 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.
Headliners are:
July 14 - Mercury Rising
August 11 - TBA
September 1 - Super 60's
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.
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.

There is a new store opening in Saluda on Saturday, April 15. You have been hearing about it around town for several months and it is soon to be a reality. Saluda Outfitters, an outdoor adventure, specialty retail store, will open for business at 435 Main Street.
Housed in a newly restored log cabin, Saluda Outfitters will sell top quality apparel, footwear and recreation equipment and supplies. Saluda Outfitters will offer a number of popular brands including prAna travel and adventure clothing; uniquely designed T-shirts from Meridian Line; Marmot outdoor performance gear; Arc'teryx high performance wear and Royal Robbins travel and outdoor clothing for men and women.
A women's boutique will carry Crimson Clover for customers seeking something a bit more chic but very wearable and Elan for the "adventurous fashionista."
Shoppers can also choose from a selection of footwear from brands such as Chaco with its cushiony sandals, Salomon hiking shoes, and footwear from Keen, an American shoe manufacturer.

The store will focus on offering American made and eco-friendly brands when available. It is also a place to secure your camping and kayaking needs. 
A Grand Opening is planned for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6. There will be lots of door prizes, live music and fun for the whole family. Watch for more details to come.
Saluda Outfitters * 435 Main St., Saluda, NC 28773 * (828) 848-4060 *

Orchard Lake Campground opens for the season, April 1. Come visit one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Western North Carolina. Whether you come in the spring while the apple trees blossom, summer when the cool mountain air refreshes you, or fall when God's display of colorful foliage is a magnificent sight to see, this is a beautiful place to be.
460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda, NC 28773
Phone 828-749-3901
The Dressing Room Etc.  had a great reopening of its 4th year, thanks to our loyal customers and our out of town guests. We are fully stocked with a spring and summer collection of beautiful and colorful casual tops and pants made in the USA fabrics. To complement this casual wear is an assortment of handbags and jewelry. 
Spring's warmer weather is on its way and wit h that more people will come to our great little town S ALUDA. 
Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555

Vogue Salon
Spring is finally here! Now is the time to brighten up that winter hair! Mention this ad and receive $10 off any highlight or balayage service.

Also, I am offering a complementary deep conditioning treatment, a $15 value, with color service with the mention of this ad. Come in and checkout Vogue Salon today! Call 828-424-8863 or email
. Located in Nostalgia Courtyard at 31 Pearson Falls Road. 

Affordable Golf Carts of Saluda
A new inventory of golf carts are now available at Affordable Golf Carts of Saluda that are street safe. They have side and rear view mirrors, windshields, safety brakes, horns, reflectors, brake lights, back seat setup, and turn signals. All you need is a city permit to drive on Saluda's city streets. They also have inventoried a few gas powered carts.
Thanks to Affordable Golf Carts of Saluda for donating the use of their golf carts for the Saluda Arts Festival!
Contact Lisa Bryant-Bishop at
(828) 674-5752. Located at Duck Alley, 24 w Main Street., Saluda, NC
Spring is poppin' out all over in Saluda and at Sassafras! 
Come see all that's new for Spring and our new decor.  We're sure you'll be glad you stopped in! You'll find separates from Cut Loose, Olive Hill, Ethyl, and Jag Jeans, along with new arrivals from Focus, Heartstrings, and Kleen. And, look for our fabulous scarf and jewelry selections, and much more! S assafras offers affordable and comfortable clothing for all occasions.
April hours are: Wednesday thru Saturday 11am - 4pm.  
Check out our Facebook page for picture posts of our new arrivals and our new décor.
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 
Spring has returned to our lovely hilltop perched 500 feet above the charming town of 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 Spring vegetable garden will begin to yield some wonderful produce to bring diners a true "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
On Thursday, April 6 we will be hosting a Riedel stemware seminar followed by a fabulous 4-course dinner. Riedel is world renowned for making the most "varietally specific" glasses for each type of wine. To demonstrate, attendees will drink 4 different old world French wines from normal wine glasses and then from the Riedel glass designed for that particular wine, to experience the difference in smell and taste. It's truly remarkable. Cost for the seminar is $45 per person and you'll get to keep the 4 glasses you'll be tasting with (a $60 value). All glasses and decanters in Riedel's Restaurant Series will be available for purchase at wholesale pricing, as well as the 4 French wines. Dinner will follow at $64 per person. Please call (828) 749-5471 to reserve your place, since space is limited. 
On April 16 we'll be serving an amazing Easter Brunch beginning at 11:00 am and seating until 2:30 pm. Each of the exquisitely prepared 3 courses is made to order (not a buffet). Entrees will include: House Smoked Alaskan King Salmon, Braised Lamb Shoulder, Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, Local Brasstown Beef Strudel, Pan Seared Crab Cake, and more....price is $41.95 per person. Call (828) 749-5471 to reserve your table soon, since this is one brunch that sells out every year.
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 Store, Ward's Grill & Lola's Celebration Venue
Recipe of the Month
Sausage, Peppers & Onions Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
4 Italian Sausage links or 4 Charlie's Sage Sausage Links
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 green bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 bell pepper of another color, yellow or orange, sliced into long strips
4 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers
1 large sweet or yellow onion, sliced into half moons.
1 small can of crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp of dried oregano
½ cup Marsala or red wine
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt to taste
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan hat has a lid. When the oil is hot, add the sausages and brown them slowly. If they sizzle and crackle too much, turn the heat down. You want a gentle browning, not a sear. Cook for several minutes, turning them occasionally so they brown on all sides. When the sausages are browned, remove from the pan and set aside. Saute the onions, peppers, garlic, once the onions & peppers soften, sprinkle salt. Then add all the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze pan with wine: Add the Marsala or red wine, let the wine cook down by half. Add tomatoes, seasoning, and sausage and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve over penne pasta or load up a hoagie roll. This dish is good for several days, and flavor is better too.
Remember, we always have these local products available.
  • BBQ Sauce: Hogback Mountain and Ole Mule
  • Hot Sauce: Elijah's Xtreme and Tad MCBride
  • Dan Wells' Sauerkraut, Marinara, Jam and Jellies
  • Reason To Bake & Chocolate Heaven: Gluten Free Cookies & Cake
  • Lusty Monk Mustard
  • Roots: Hummus
  • A Lit'l Taste of Heaven Biscuits
  • Pasta & Provision of Charlotte: Pasta, Pizza, Sauces, Soup & Lasagna Meals
  • Warhorse Cleaning Products
  • Local Beer from these Breweries in the area: Naked Apple Hard Cider, Judd's Peak Wine, Pisgah Pale,Oskar Blues, Highland, Wicked Weed, Hi-Wire, Green Man and Catawba.
  • Our Homemade Frozen Dinners: Chicken Pot Pies, Country Meatloaf, Beef Pot Pie, Beef Stew, Beef Stroganoff and Cobblers.
  • Homemade Pimento Cheese and Chicken Salad
  • Fresh in season fruits and vegetables from local farmers and growers
  • We are the only Meat Market in the area that has Certified Angus Beef, Market Sliced Bacon, Deli Meats, Cheeses and our special made "Charlie's Sage Sausage."
  • Apple Mill: Apple Butter, Strawberry Butter, Whole Strawberry Preserves and Blackberry Jam.
  • Local Honey: Charles' Blue Ridge Mtn Brand: Raw, Hodge Honey, WildFlower & Sourwood
  • Hogback Mountain: Chow Chow
  • Local Folks Foods: Salsa and Marinara Sauce
  • Ashe County Cheese
  • New: Tribax Grounds Coffee from Cheokee, NC
  • NC Stone Ground Grits & Corn Meal
  • We are now making link Sausage and also Carunchio Italian Sausage.
Employment Opportunities: Hiring Grill Manager, Waitress, and Store Clerk. Contact Judy Ward 828-749-2321.
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.
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
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
Wednesday - Saturday   11-3
and 5-9
Sunday   11-7
Easter Sunday Brunch    10-3
Hi Everyone! April is here and that means Spring has Sprung! New Faces at The Grade along with New Menus and ideas! Seeds have been bought and the field has been tilled.... already getting ready for fresh green peas! So excited for what the new season has to offer...
On April 2nd Bring a New or Lightly used Children's Book with you to Saluda Grade and your child Eats Free!! We are working on a Children's Book Nook for your kiddos. Also on the 2nd, we will be featuring Peanut butter & Jelly French Toast to celebrate National PB&J Day...good timing for our PB&J loving Kids.... Kids Day @ The Grade!
April 7th is National Beer Day ....10% off entire Beer Menu All Day Long!
April 16th Easter Brunch open 10am - 3pm. Farm Fresh Egg Dishes, French Toast, House Cured Bacon, Baked Ham, Lamb, Steaks and Pasta. Full Menu and special Prosecco Drinks after 12.
April 19th is National Garlic Day ...featuring Herb Roasted Garlic with Olive Tapenade, Marinated Fresh Mozzarella and Housemade Cracker Bread with Sea Salt.
National Prime Rib Day April 27th!! Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Garlic, Rosemary and Thyme served with Baked Potato and Caesar Salad.
Shrimp Scampi Day April 29th .... Garlicky Buttery Shrimp served with Crusty French Bread is the special of the day or you can add it to any entrée to make your day special!
Live Music every Friday Night @ 7.    Saluda Grade Band has been with us for over 6 years...They are dedicated to bringing Old Time Music with Joy and Fun to all!
Live Music every Wednesday @ Noon with Deb Camacho . Amazing Original songs from the heart! She has the voice of an Angel.
Saturday April 8th @ 7 .... Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers, longtime friends of Saluda Grade Café, play every instrument known to Old time and Folk music. Accomplished musicians who play across the country are playing for you on April 8th. Let's show them how much we appreciate their lifelong dedication to the Art of Music.
Saturday April 29th .... Garrett and McCurry hit the stage at 7 for a lively evening of tunes and entertainment. Join us for great food, cold beer and fantastic entertainment.
Visit us on the web at or on Facebook to keep up with all the news.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at .
Located at 40 East Main Street.  
Green River BBQ
We will be open Easter Sunday during our regular hours. 
Be on the lookout for our new Spring and Summer menu with your old favorites and a few new items. The Hog Trough and Saluda Stuffer are returning along with our smoked Turkey Salad and Vidalia Onion Slaw!
Come join us on our patio with your friends, family and your pets are always welcome. New local spring draft beers are becoming available. 
We look forward to our summer guest returning!
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 
March does a good job keeping us guessing day by day on the weather.  But April, with a little surprise once in a while, promises warm, spring weather...plenty of flowers...the first tender sprouts in the garden...and priceless mountain mornings.  Stop by for a fresh scone and cup of Leopard Forest coffee...or take it to go and savor it as you sit in your favorite chair on your porch or deck and savor how very, very lucky we are!
Abe and Erin and I will be brainstorming the summer menu this month.....which favorites should return?   Which new ideas should be added?  It's always fun to look back at some of the old menus and always so hard to choose.  Any suggestions?
Wildflour will be closed on Sunday, April 16 so our staff can enjoy Easter with their friends and family--and we hope you all will do the same.

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.
qr codes
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
Where we keep our friends close and our farmers closer.

April Hours:  Now open on Monday! ? 
Monday, Thursday, & Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. 
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
Sunday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. 
Tuesday: CLOSED

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 .   

"Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard earned dollars."
Starting in April, Random Arts will be open Tues.- Sat. 10am till 5pm, and now with spring in the air, everyone is talking about our shop. They're telling their friends and neighbors that this is the place to be. Random Arts is filled with a plethora of lightweight linen and cotton pants, tops, vests, jackets, leggings, hats & scarves in all shapes, styles and colors. You will find an amazing selection of fun, unique and easy to wear women's clothing as well as fun socks, functional and fun purses, colorful scarves (yes, scarves are still in), dramatic jewelry and unique accessories. Here to assist you are Joyce, Dee, Abbie and Jane...4 gals ready to create a new look for you or just add a fresh new piece to your wardrobe. 
We are happily located Slightly Off Main Street at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana.  Look for the brightly colored signs as you drive into town and find us on  Facebook  for up to date notices of sales and special events. 828-749-1165, 481 Louisiana Ave, Saluda, NC 28773,

Crust & Kettle & Dream Travel
Travel log Q & A Dinner - Safari  Africa  and more. Thursday, April 13 ,at 6pm. Call to reserve seating or other questions.
Located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda, NC 828-749-3503.
Historic Saluda

Save the Date! Tour of Homes Scheduled for June 3, 2017
The Historic Saluda Committee will sponsor a Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 1 - 5 p.m., as a fundraiser for historic preservation projects in Saluda.
Historic Shand Hill has been chosen as the site of this year's tour. There will be five homes on Shand Hill to visit as well as the Saluda Historic Depot, Lola's Celebration Venue at Thompson's Store and the Saluda Presbyterian Church, all within walking distance of each other.
Tickets are $20 each and will be available at City Hall, Saluda Historic Depot and Heartwood Gallery in Saluda beginning May 1. Parking is available at the Saluda Elementary School, the Saluda Community Library, and Tickle Family Health Center. There will also be a shuttle van to take you to Shand Hill from the Saluda Community Library, and golf carts will be available between houses.
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) works to preserve the history and heritage of its people and places that helped make Saluda the enchanting town it is today. The HSC puts a strong emphasis on collecting oral histories of Saluda's citizens and "summer folk." The HSC is a partner in the effort to purchase and open a historical museum.
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 will 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 are 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 . All proceeds go toward future projects.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 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
Featured Building in Saluda Home Tour June 2017 - Saluda Presbyterian Church
(Sanctuary building open for tour)
Considered a contributing structure for the Saluda Main Street's Historic District's listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the Saluda Presbyterian Church was built between 1895 and 1896 as a multi-denominational community church with funding from residents and summer people. It became a Presbyterian church in 1914. The pews were donated (in the early 1940s) by the Tryon Presbyterian Church, and the antique pulpit came from a South Carolina church that had closed.
Martha Ashley shared the following information:
The sanctuary of the church remains a well-preserved example of late nineteenth century vernacular Gothic Revival. The weather boarded structure features a gable front, a corner two-stage entrance tower, a shallow rear apse, and pointed arched windows. Such details as carved rafter ends, decorative eves, brackets on the tower, decorative bracing at the front gable peak above a quatrefoil roundel, and a double leaf entrance surmounted by a decoratively carved triangular pediment greatly enliven the exterior. The only exterior alteration consists of the circa 1941 shed-roofed addition of two Sunday School rooms on the north side of the building. The interior of the sanctuary has been altered by the application of fiberboard block panels on the walls, but the beaded board ceiling and wainscot survive.
Just south of the church and mimicking it in general design is the education building built in the early 1950s, a brick veneer structure with a gable-front roof, a recessed corner entrance, and a corner tower with spire.
Submitted by Rhonda Corley and Cindy Tuttle
Outdoor Adventures
Green River Adventures - Season is now open!
Reservations can be made online at  or by calling our reservation staff at 828-749-2800 or emailing us at 

7th Annual Green River Spring Cleaning
April 8 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
This year MountainTrue is partnering with the Green River community to help support their annual Green River Cleaning! Whether you want to hop in a boat or walk along the shore, all kinds of volunteers are needed to help clear the Green River of trash and debris.

We'll meet at 10am at the Fish Top Access Point on Green River Cove Rd near Saluda, and meet back up at 5:00pm at The Gorge Zipline for an after party of great views and beverages.

Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, clothing that can get wet, appropriate weather gear, lunch & snacks, water, sunscreen, etc. MountainTrue will provide boats and PFD's for volunteers who want to be on the water!
Multi-Sport Green River Race
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Jerry's Baddle is a dual sport race that began in 2006 to honor a good friend, Jerry Beckwith, who had been diagnosed with ALS. The race was born out of a desire to keep his spirit and passion alive by raising money to help fight the disease that eventually took his life and to foster the community he loved.  
The race consists of 4 miles of whitewater kayaking through the Green River Narrows, followed by 26 miles of road cycling with 4000 ft of cumulative climbing.
Following the race, there will be a festival for all racers and spectators at Wilderness Cove Campground . All race fees include entry to the festival. For those not racing, a $20 festival fee covers music, food, and parking. There are men and women's shower houses available for racers to clean up.
The festival will start around 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 30 and continue into the night. There will be live music for most of the afternoon and evening. There should be plenty of food for racers and spectators.
For more information on how to register, route maps, rules, how to donate, and more,
click here.   For daily updates, check their Facebook page.
Wildnerness Cove Campground is located at 3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773 (828)749-9100, .

Pisgah Chapter of Trout Fly Fishing School
Have you ever wanted to learn some thing truly special for this area?  The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.
Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams. The combination of the classroom instruction and on-the-water guided practice makes this one of the most unique and economical fly fishing schools available in our area.
The cost of the school is $150 for adults and $100 for students (ages 12 to 18). 
College Students in 5-Rivers Outreach Program: $125. For more information and to download registration for the school, please visit the PCTU website at .  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended. Deadline for registering is April 16, 2017. Includes a full day of instruction and lunch, as well as a half-day fishing with a mentor. Final arrangements are made between student and mentor .
All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina.
Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.
Tryon Garden Club
Spring Programs 
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.


April happenings at the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC)

To get a complete description of each hike and presentation, please visit Pacolet Area Conservancy website. 
April 7 - PAC Hike, 8:30 a.m.  Join PAC and Polk County Recreation for a 1 0-mile, moderate hike along the Palmetto Trail, from Orchard Lake Campground trail head to the Blue Wall Preserve. Pre-registration required for a seat on the shuttle bus. Free.
April 8 - PACRun & PACWalk annual fundraiser!   The 6th annual 5k PACRun starts at 8 a.m.  and the 12th annual PACWalk starts at 10 a.m. Hosted by Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE).  Registration required. ($20/per person)
April 11 - Landrum Library program; 6 p.m.  Dr. Timothy Spira will present on "Favorite Spring Wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains." Free.
April 14 - PAC Hike, 8:30 a.m.  Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Asbury Trail, 6.8-mile, moderate, out & back. Free.
April 21 - PAC Hike; 9:30 a.m. Celebrate Earth Day with a hike at Walnut Creek Preserve! This is a joint hike with hikers from PAC, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and Keith Viglietta's hiking group that will take place at Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP). 4-5 miles; easy/moderate. Free.
April 29 - Walnut Creek Preserve program; 10:30 a.m.  Simon Thompson, owner of Ventures Birding Tours , will present "Confessions of a Tour Leader." Free.
Through Our Eyes
As Seen Through Saluda School Kids
We hope you enjoy this new series of stories written by Saluda School students.
Hi!  My name is Linden.  I made this collage in Art. It is a "still life". The yellow vase has symmetry and shading. The flowers are in the shape of hearts. I put two hearts together.  They are red and purple.
In kindergarten we are learning about "the Elements of Art." I also drew a colorful table cloth with crayons.
My designs look beautiful.
Have a nice day!
Hi my name is Mazie. I am a second grader.
In Art we studied about a famous artist named Romare Bearden.  He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. When he was a young man he moved to New York.  He liked his new life in the big city.
He made lots of collages of his neighborhood.
My collage is colorful and fun to look at.  It has a lot of details and different lines!!  
Have a terrific day!    
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 Ken Webb
Ken Webb's newest book "High Beams on Bumpy Roads".  Illustrated by Saluda's own Dorrie V. McKinley
I worked in two diverse businesses for many years, first in journalism and later in the automotive sales business. The job of newspaper reporting involves looking for good stories, and the car business has long been known for producing them. "Little White Icon" and "Professor Porsche's Road Test" are stories that were collected from those times in my life.
Other tales in this book wind their way from my early childhood through my college years. Those stories sprang from family storytelling and relationships with friends, and each has a car in the middle of it. "Once a Car Guy..." and "White Robes, Black Sedans" are early childhood stories, while "Where's My Car?" and "Saturday Night Sermonette" tap into my teenage years when my brothers and I lived under the watchful eye of our dad, a by-the-book Lutheran pastor.
I wrote "Steve, We Have a Problem" for a writer's work­shop anthology some years ago, but its car dealer subject merited dusting off with some revisions for inclusion in this collection.
No matter which story the reader chooses, he or she will find a car or truck rolling through or over a relationship and probably something to laugh about. Some of these tales poke a little fun at my family and me, and chances are the reader may find something reminiscent from his or her own life with cars.
While all twenty stories in this book are rooted in truth, each one has been embellished for fictional license. Names have been changed in most of the stories, but the names of my family remain true.
You can find this book and Ken's book, "Mr. Carter's Sword" in Saluda at Meanwhile Back in Saluda Local Market and Thompson's Store or online at Amazon.
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.
 Boy Scout Camp 
Along in the late 1930's the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America were looking for a place to put a summer camp for the Palmetto Council, which covered Spartanburg County, Laurens County, Union County, and Cherokee County, I believe. Our Daddy knew of their efforts and told them he knew about a place they ought to look at. So to make a story short, they came and looked and liked what they saw.
The place on Case's Branch, just below where we walked through the still, was just about solid rock on both sides and you could put a dam in there and make a nice lake. This is what they needed, so they bought the Tom Newman's old place and some land from Dave Thompson, and our Daddy gave them some and they put in the camp.
When the camp came they had to have a road, so a road was built all through our Hollow. It took most of the tillable little patches, and it wiped out the yard and home sight of Jackie Thompson's cabin. It ran so close to the spring house that it fouled up the spring. The cow lot was gone, and the little barn, but it was a good road for cars.
The camp had to have electricity, so the power line was run all the way down our hollow. What bottom land the road didn't take is all grown up in trees now. The people came and cut the right-of-way for the power line and I can't tell you what they did to the rest of our hollow. Momma tried to send our Daddy off some place, but you know he had to see it soon. My big sister, Libba, said he just cried and talked about those white pines and other trees that were lying dead on the ground like they might have been people.
But, they put in the electricity to the house at Hidden Well, and later Ed Leland ran us a phone line, and the house had a well and running water that wasn't by gravity flow. The boys and girls two privies are still out there in the woods, just in case, but life is better and easier for all who spend summers there and all who visit at Hidden Well.
I meet grown-up men once in a while who went to Camp Palmetto, and they tell me about the wonders of the Boy Scout Camp in Saluda, where they used to go and about their camping and walking the ridges and going canoeing on Green River. My heart turns over and I'm glad. I'm glad they had their time on Case's Branch, and I hope it lives with them always, as my times there remain with me.
Remembering Connie
Our good friend and neighbor passed away this week.  Conyers "Connie" Woodruff was one of the first and best neighbors we met after moving to our Saluda home.  Through the years we got to know her well, helped her with chores, swapped garden plants and shared meals. Best of all our Mom was co-conspirator along with Connie for various projects some of which were of dubious sense and not at all safe but created great stories and memories.
Not long after moving to Saluda, Connie called our house and flatly announced "Bring buckets of water and a mop and meet me at the mailboxes."  Since the mailboxes are a good half mile from our house, it was a trick to get buckets of water out to the main road.  When we arrived, we found Connie's mail box and ours covered with what looked like marshmallow cream.  Naughty bored kids from down the road had filled up the boxes with perfumed shaving cream and covered the outside too.  Our Mom was furious since she is allergic to perfume.  Mom promptly declared she would "kill" whoever did it.  
It took several trips back and forth to the house hauling water to clean up the mess.  Connie worked with mops and Mom used sticks to push the stinking creamy mess to the ground.  Finally, it was all cleaned up as best as we could.  When crossing the road, Connie tells me "Don't you tell your Mom who did this!"  I replied that I did not know who did it and asked if Connie knew.  She said yes, but she was not going to tell Mom since she had heard Mom say she was going to "kill" whoever was responsible.  I quickly pointed out Mom was not going to "kill" anyone.  Connie drily and accurately allowed that she had only known us a short time and was not taking any chances with being party to murder!  
Through our years of being Connie's friend, we chased raccoons out of her kitchen, cleaned up an exploded home brew grape wine mess in a closet, helped dispose of a frozen dead dog from her car trunk, dug holes to hide pottery from "someone", assisted with the "liberation" of antique plants in danger of a tractor (it was not stealing!), abetted with the hanging of underpants on the trees in someone's yard and a few other projects that we probably should not admit to.  Connie was awesome, spunky and resourceful.  She was a great neighbor and friend and we are thankful for the many wonderful memories we have to treasure.  
Remember to hug your friends and neighbors and let them know how much you appreciate them.

By the Asbill Family,
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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