Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
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  May 2017  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Train Tales
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
Through Our Eyes
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Article Headline
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Arts Festival
SAF Entertainment Schedule
SAF Volunteers
Student Art Challenge
SAF Sponsorships
Top of the Grade
Saluda Scoop
Historic Saluda
Outdoor Adventures
The Write Stuff
I Remember Saluda
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 
Privately situated on an acre with fruit trees, mature plantings, brick home with lots of work space and storage in basement and over-sized garage. Beautifully cared for brick home in charming Saluda but without city taxes! Great deck spaces for outdoor fun and large rec room. 3BR, 2BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#3269234, $268,500
Gorgeous mountain views and unbelievable gardens with pond and pathways. Workshop in basement. 2 BR Guest Cottage, 5.8 acres,
MLS#3193283, $536,800
Location, location! This home is looking for its new owner with vision and an appreciation for historic charm. Within walking distance to highly ranked Saluda Elementary! Property being sold "As is". MLS# 3269282, $99,000

Private, yet only steps to beautiful Lake Sheila where you can enjoy swimming, fishing and kayaking. L3BR, 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, $95,000
Quality Green River Log Cabin with mountain view nestled in a private peaceful setting. Located just minutes from downtown Saluda. Home features beautiful hardwood floors, lots of windows to take in the view, granite counter tops & quality appliances, built-ins and artisan hardware. MLS#3250550, $109,900 
Enjoy charming Saluda and walk to Main Street for dining, shopping and fun! This home is a gem close to it all. Lots of natural light, a deck for outdoor entertaining, tons of storage in the basement which also offers another full bath and could be easily finished or your studio/workshop creative spaces. This home is light and bright! MLS#
3253329, $275,000 
Cabin in the woods with mountain view on 8 acres. Finish basement to make more heating area space, already plumbed for bath. 45 x 45 Morton building with full bath, heat source, and electricity could be quest house or a barn.  MLS#3232779, $365,000. UNDER CONTRACT!
Lake Sheila A Frame with stone fireplace to cozy up to on a cool winter night.1-ac level lot adjoins preserved watershed. Master on the main. Partial finished basement for extra sleeping quarters and recreation.Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating in 28 ac pristine, private mountain lake. MLS#3232826, $239,900.
In town cottage within walking distance of downtown Main Street for shopping and dining. 2BR, 1BA, .58 ac., unfinished basement, MLS#3207263, $253,500 UNDER CONTRACT!    
sunset Looking for lake property in 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 
NEW! .87 ac historic Columbia Heights area, MLS#
3273411, $109,000
.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 ! 2.08 ac in Whites Lake, creek,
3273455, $55,000
 1.03 acres, just outside city limits, MLS# 3244790 , $55,000
4 ac, MLS# 3168763 , $38,000
1.76 ac, MLS# 3199724 , $36,500
1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
1.66 ac, Whites Lake, MLS# 3231014 , $32,000
5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
Large Unrestricted Acreage
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 April 30, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017       27          9                              

Homes 2016       19          0       


Land 2017           8          2   

Land 2016           6          0  


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

Click here to see a 2017 1 Qtr Report of Western NC by Beverly-Hanks. 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


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

Saluda Service Directory
Eat, Stay & Play in Saluda
Hot off the press, brought to you by the Saluda office of Beverly-Hanks is the new guide to where to shop, eat, play, and stay in historic Saluda, NC.  Includes phone numbers, addresses, and websites of Saluda businesses. Click here to print off a copy or pick one up at  Beverly-Hanks Saluda, 153 E Main Street, Saluda, NC or Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill  at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association regular monthly meeting May 2 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust
meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. May 3. 

Saluda Tailgate Market, 2017 Season opens Friday, May 5, 4:30 to 6:30. 
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet Monday, May 12, 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 May 9 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Saluda Train Tales , May 19 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club , will meet May 15, 10am at Saluda Library.
Saluda Center first Annual Meeting May 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, May 19, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church and the Saluda Fire Department. Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.
Saluda Historic Depot News

  Museum Open Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4pm.

Thanks to Larry Morton of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club for producing the story board that has now been affixed to the Saluda Grade Diorama.

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
Thanks to all who supported the "Depot Spring Fling" on April 22. Even though the weather forecast predicted rain, it turned out to be a glorious day and funds were raised to contribute to the mortgage payoff of the Depot. A special thanks to the Radio Rangers who traveled here from Atlanta to support this fundraiser. 
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 260 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 .
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar  
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 Local Month,  Come tell your story! 
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.
Saluda Train Tales - May 19 at 7pm
Saluda:  From Top to Bottom
Matt Bumgarner 
Matt Bumgarner is an award- winning writer and the regional publisher of Tarheel Press dedicated to profiling the history of North Carolina. His books combine an in-depth approach with a readable style of regional heritage, railroad history, or the Civil War. Matt published Saluda: From Top to Bottom November, 2015.
He will present the research and stories behind the book which is the first major publication on the grade and railroad in more than thirty years and goes deeper than any previous work. He will describe his exploration of the early history of the railroad's formation, debunks the myths surrounding early engineering staffs and feats, and places the construction of the line in the context of railroad expansion in the era.

Along the way, the author examines in detail the sacrifices of convict labor (while paying homage to the specific men who died building the railroad), the rise of tourism in Western North Carolina, and the transformation of the railroad industry over the course of the last 150 years.

This volume is the definitive work on the history of the Saluda grade and the A&S Railroad. It will be essential to any student of railroading history, local heritage, and fans of the Southern Railway & Norfolk Southern. The books will be available for purchase
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.

This is a free event and donations are appreciated. 
CityCity Notes

Consider a brick at Pace Park to commemorate Mother's Day and Father's Day!
Place your brick order to give thanks, memorialize a loved one, or put your company name on a brick to show your support.
Bricks are only $40, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line. Forms can be obtained from City Hall or by requested from Catherine Ross . Click here to download a form.
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms.

Be recognized as a contributor to this new Pace Park. This park is in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and is the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.

For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or

Fats, Oils, and Grease Information
Fats, oils and grease do not belong in the sewer or your septic tank.  While pouring hot water and detergent into the drain along with your grease may allow it to pass into your line, the grease will re-form into a solid lump as it cools, blocking either your home's sewer pipes or the main sewer system, or your septic tank.
·     Never pour fats, oils and grease down the sink or garbage disposal.
·     Before washing, scrape and dry wipe pots, pans, and dishes with a paper towel and dispose of them in the trash-mixing these with absorbent waste such as paper towels, kitty litter, coffee grounds or shredded newspaper will help prevent leakage from trash bags.
Blockages in the main sewer line can lead to spills which are hazardous to health and to the environment.  Removal of grease blockages and the cleanup associated with sewage spills is very expensive and may result in liability and property damages.
Blockages in your own sewer line or septic tank can lead to wastewater backing up into your home or business, spilling out onto the streets and even finding its way into storm drains.  The property owner will either need to perform do-it-yourself maintenance, or to hire a plumber to clear the blockage.  Cleanup can be expensive for homeowners and even more so for businesses, which can also be subject to fines and closures.
Before attempting to unblock clogged sewer lines, we request that you notify us in advance.  Often, a grease ball is cleared from a property owner's pipe system only to move out into the street and cause a clog in the main sewer system.  Such a clog can result in a sewage spill from a manhole.

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Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email and ask to be placed on the email list.  
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.   Click here to download the Saluda Center May calendar. For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 4 at 2 pm to discuss Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. All are welcome.

Atul Gawande , tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., May 11 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.

Wednesday, May 24 at 1pm, "Healthy Cooking with Color and Flavor". Sponsored by S.L.I.P.
Thefirst annual community meeting will be Mon., May 29 at 6pm.

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
Walks in the Woods
May 7 - Missing 40
1 mile loop of moderate walking 1-2 hours. Water shoes recommended. The trailhead is located on Pearson Falls Road just a bove the new concrete bridge over the North Pacolet River. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly, and has several easy water  crossings.
May 21 - Big Bradley
1-2 mile moderate 2 hour
exploration of Cove Creek leading downstream to the overlook to Big Bradley Falls. It is a moderate walk with stream crossings. Wear water shoes. Again, dogs and kids love it!
June 4 - Little Bradley
2 mile moderate out and back of 2 hours along Cove Creek to the falls with a nice pool at the bottom. Dogs and kids love this spot!
Walkers meet 2pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk. Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack.  Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide.  Many of these hikes will access private property.
For more information click here or contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or 
Swimming Lessons
Brian Lilburn from Aqua Child will be returning this June to teach swimming lessons at Wilkes Twin Lakes. Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, there will be no charge for the classes. Classes will start June 19, and run 3 weeks through July 7. Classes will be held 5 days a week, Monday through Friday starting at 9AM each morning. There will be two instructors this year and both swimming and stroke lessons will be taught. For further information and how to enroll your child online, please send an email to .
Find out more about the program at .
Moody Property
Work at the Moody House continues, we are scheduling volunteer days for 1st Tuesday, May 2nd, and 1st Saturday, May 6th starting around 10 am.  We will focus our efforts on the landscaping this 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, work days will begin at 9am the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. In May, we will meet the 11th and the 25th.
Twin Lakes is Ready to Reserve
Planning a family reunion, wedding or a birthday event? Reservations are now being taken for Twin Lakes. Please refer to the Twin Lakes calendar here , to find out if the time you wish is available. If not already reserved, please contact Holly Wilkes at  to make your reservation.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month May 3, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak which are both amazing venues to 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 Opens for 2017
Season, Friday, May 5
May- October Fridays, 4:30-6 :30

It's here! It's May! Th at beautiful month we've all been waiting for. Flowers bloom an d leaves unfurl so fast you could watch it happen if you could sit still long enough. But don't sit o n Friday afternoons. Grab your basket, don your hat and make your way down the sidewalk on West Main to the Saluda Tailgate market. Welcome in the first spring produce, greet your friends and neighbors, and hug your farmers. They have been planning through the winter and working their soil through the early spring cold days in anticipation of your visit to the market. Come see what they have to offer and celebrate spring with us. Make your shopping list and plan to pick up some starter plants for your own garden. Opening day is Friday, May 5, rain or shine. See you at the market for the beginning of our 8th season!

If you would be interested in vending at our market, please send quest ions to: . I nformation, application, and rules and reg ulations are posted at: .
For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. on May 15 at McCreery Park in downtown Saluda to make flower arrangements for Autumn Care and local businesses. Members should bring flowers, greenery, snippers and vases or jars. This is a fun, creative and beneficial project for the club.

Please note some events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather or at the request of the presenter. To confirm a meeting, please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530. We always welcome new members; so if you would like to become part of this friendly, spirited and interesting group, please contact Karen. Dues are only $25 per year and meetings are held once a month.   
Women's Club
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Denise Medved, the creator of Ageless Grace, a brain fitness program that promotes a lifetime of mental and physical fitness.
As always, visitors are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439.
Thursday Golf
Golfers of all abilities are invited to join the regular Saluda Golfers' group. We leave from the Presbyterian Church Parking lot on Thursday's. Time varies depending on the weather. For more information, please contact Bruce Hunt at 828-708-7380.
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.   
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  
May 1: --5th graders to visit Holmes State Park for Muddy Sneakers Expedition
May 2: --All Physical Education classes will participate in golf instruction provided by a                     representative from Bright's Creek
May 3: --A+ Liaison will visit Saluda School
May 4: --2:00pm Talent Show for participating 2nd-5th graders in the auditorium
--Mrs. Gillespie and Dr. Maneen will make a presentation, as part of our North Carolina Distinguished Schools Award, to the State Board of Education in
Raleigh about our arts integration practices and community collaboration
May 5: --FENCE to present "Waste Wise" to Kindergarten students    
--5th grade field trip to PCHS farm and PCMS for assembly and tour
May 6: --Lego Robotics Regional Tournament for 4th and 5th grade students at Isothermal Community College  
May 8 --Pre-K enrollment at Saluda School. If you have a child who will turn 4 before                August 31, 2017, please come to one of the sessions offered at 5pm and 6pm. Some children who turn 3 before August 31, 2017 may also qualify. Please
bring your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and proof of income.
--6:30pm School Board meeting at Stearns  
May 10: --National Walk/Bike to School Day. Please meet at the Saluda Library at 7:30am if you would like to walk to school with Saluda Staff.
May 11: --FIELD DAY for all students at Camp Wayfarer
May 12: --PCHS Seniors will participate in a "Senior Walk" at Saluda School
May 16: --6:30-7:15pm Parent Information Meeting for 5th graders at PCMS (tentative date--yet to be confirmed)
May 17: --Interim Reports go home
May 20: --Saluda Arts Festival & Dancer's Extension Spring Recital
May 25: --2:30 pm Ice-Cream Celebration for C4C members and After School Academy students      --LAST DAY FOR AFTER SCHOOL
May 26: --End-of-Grade SCIENCE test for 5th graders
May 29: --Memorial Day Holiday--No school
May 30: --Top Cat awards will be announced on the Morning News Show
May 31: --End-of-Grade READING Test for 3rd-5th graders  

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. 
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 Katelyn.  I am a 3rd grader.  Recently my class created a mandala.  By making a mandala we create our own sacred space, a place of protection, a focus for concentration of our energies.
For this Art project I traced my hand four times to represent North, South, East and West.
As Americans we unite in peace, harmony and love.
My selected colors are "warm": red, yellow and orange. They remind me of our planet Earth.
Radial art is round.  A circle that never ends.
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!
May 1: Recycled Art
April showers bring May flowers! Celebrate National Wildflower Week at Teen Scene. Create a unique flower ornament to decorate your garden from recycled soda cans.
May 8: Blind Soda Taste Test & Nintendo 
Can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola? What about Sunkist and Crush? Put your taste buds to the test at Teen Scene. We'll also play fun games on the Nintendo Wii U.
May 15: Cookies & Board Games 
Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day with homemade cookies, milk, and board games! 
May 22: Paperclip Bookmarks & Nintendo 
Celebrate National Paperclip Day by making paperclip bookmarks for you and your friends! We'll also play fun games on the Nintendo Wii U.
May 29: Library Closed

S.T.A.G. (Saluda Teen Advisory Group) meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. Join us on May 3 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 May 8 to create spring book wreaths! Basic materials will be provided. Please bring scissors, a hot glue gun, and accents (floral grass, moss, colored burlap) for your wreath.  Space is limited. Pre-register to guarantee your spot. Sign up with Amelia at or (828) 894-8721 ext 226.
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. 
Saluda Classifieds

Stools for Sale  
4, 30" high swivel stools with backs for $100. Call 828-817-2876.

Cottage For Rent
$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:
Available June 1,

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.

Experienced Cleaning!
Have openings for "once a month" cleanings. Will consider other types of cleaning jobs as well. Moving jobs, Holiday cleanings, "Spring" cleanings!  Deep, detailed cleanings. Will also do "post construction" jobs.  Call for an appointment to give an estimate. I charge by the job, not by the hour.  Kathie Mobley 828-674-6108 
"A Little Help" 
Around the house, Pet sitting/Care, Childcare, Call Sheila  828-606-1748.  

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. 


Annual Calendar
Saluda Tailgate Market -Every Friday (May through October)
Spring Green Bash - 1st Saturday in May, hosted at Green River Adventures.
Saluda Arts Festival third Saturday in May
Green River Games - Extreme multisport event 1st Saturday in May.
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (2nd Friday of month, June through September)
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September NOVEMBER
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Small Business Saturday - Saturday after Thanksgiving
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music, 2nd Friday in December
May Marks the Beginning 
Different shades of green fill the landscape with verdant mountain ridges and lush pastures. With April showers and warm sunny days, vibrant flower blossoms have exploded and Saluda is returning to its springtime magic.
Returning "summer folks" from the low country are opening their Saluda homes this month. This has been an annual tradition since the late 1800's when folks from the low country would travel on the train to their mountain homes in the summer for cooler weather.
White tents filled with colorful fine art and crafts will line Main Street when Saluda celebrates its art culture on May 20. The 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival will host more than 75 artists participating from all over the region.
Saludians are looking forward to the opening of the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday, May 5 and are eager to meet and greet local farmers and growers and to buy early local produce and products.
Green River Adventures will host once again a "Spring Green Bash" on May 6 and Saluda Outfitters will hold its grand opening.

The beginning of Saluda's spring and summer season is always filled with anticipation!
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion

Open 7 Days a Week
Beginning May 1
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
11:00 - 2:30 Full Lunch Menu
2:30 - 5 Pizza & Beverages on the Patio
5:00 - 9 Full Dinner Menu
Wednesday & Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please note both Sunday and Wednesday hours will be for lunch only. Although we are typically open for lunch and dinner on Wednesdays beginning May 1, we have so far been unable to hire enough staff to cover the additional hours and are unwilling to compromise quality of service and product. If and when sufficient employees are found, we will reopen for the entire day from 11 AM until 9 PM. Please check our website for updates.
SUNDAY, May 7 at 7:00 PM.
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome back Sol Driven Train on Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 PM. The doors open at 5:00 PM. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door for a limited seating show. Pizza and appetizers will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Tickets are available online or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.
Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band's playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 6-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion.  Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin' roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the Jam and Americana music scene. Their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of positivity and joy, even while traversing subjects of suffering and death.
Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party" (Atlanta Creative Loafing).
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.
Live Music Calendar in May
Two fabulous singer/songwriters team up to provide an evening of well-crafted songs.
May 6 - Lazybirds 
Blues, jazz and ragtime sounds.
May 7 - Sol Driven Train  
May 11- One Leg Up 
A Parisian style of jazz with an upbeat acoustic swing.
May 13 - Blue Cactus 
Modern classic country from gritty honky-tonk to heart-breaking balladry.
May 18 - Jon Shain 
He performs everything from Piedmont blues, bluegrass, swing and ragtime.
May 20 - The Bad Popes 
This Greenville group's music wanders the entire Americana landscape and beyond.
New songs of rural America and old time mountain music.
We are always glad to have them back as they have been performing here from our beginnings.

Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook
Music on Friday Nights
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. 
Wednesdays in May, Live Music with Debbie Camacho 12 Noon - 3 pm. (Debbie plays Acoustic guitar and has the voice and soul of an Angel!)
Fridays in May, Live Music with the Saluda Grade Band   7pm
Saturday May 13th Live Music with Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers   7pm

Tuesday 5-9,
Wednesday - Saturday 11-3 Lunch, 5-9 Dinner
Sunday 11-7  

Visit us on the web at or on Facebook .
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at .  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
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
join us on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00AM for our seventh annual Spring Concert, held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.  The Concert is in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium, and admission is FREE.  We have 45 dancers who have created and collaborated to build choreography in ballet, jazz and contemporary pieces.  We are well prepared and excited to share our love of dance with the community. Please park in the back of the school for this concert.
Registration for summer dance camps and the 2017-2018 dance season begins on May 1. Registration information can be obtained at The Dancer's Extension studio and at our Spring Concert.  In addition to summer camps for ages 3-12, we are also planning a six-week adult ballet session in July and August.  We greatly appreciate the continued support of students, parents, and the community as we focus on an academic approach to dance education, where students of all ages have the opportunity to be creative while learning the technique of the fine art of dance. 

Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook 

Jim Carson   AIS
Painting 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, and light of the city have captivated painters, from the cafes in Paris to Main Street, Saluda.
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. Jim was the Awards Judge for the plein air festival, "Artists on Location/Knoxville," in Knoxville, Tn. April 26-29.
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!

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.

Working Large without Fear, June 12-16, 2017
Greenville, SC
This popular workshop is being offered in Greenville at Crooked Road Studio. There will be five days of intensive exploration of handling of a large canvas. Enjoy working at larger paintings and understand why some subjects translate better into larger canvases. Participants can work in any or all media. Materials list will be sent after registration. For more information contact Bill Jameson at 828-749-3101 or .
Painting Cashiers, July 27-29, 2017
Cashiers, NC
Come paint with us at David Berger's Mountain Mist Gallery where we will work from photographic references and learn to translate them into successful paintings. The workshop includes demonstrations, critiques and one to one instruction in your choice of media. Open for beginners to advanced, this workshop is limited to 8 participants and is expected to fill quickly. Register through David Berger at 828-743-1801 or Bill Jameson at 828-749-3101 or
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
Tues. 2nd - Zen@Ten
Tues. 16th - Zen@Ten
Wed. 17th - Ribbon Book Assemblage 10-4
Sat. 20th  Outdoor Arts & Crafts Supplies Flea Market 
Join 100's of people saving 100's of $ at our semi-annual outdoor sale. Outdoor spaces will be filled with studio & craft room "clean outs" and unwanted, unused and new arts & crafts supplies, books, papers, vintage, antiques & more. 10-3.
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 are at . See the inside back page for a map.
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 Entertainment 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 Sponsors
Saluda Arts Festival Sponsors- 2017
Investing in the arts in Saluda benefits the entire community. We could not accomplish our goals without the involvement, support, and enthusiasm of our sponsors. The Saluda Arts Festival is pleased and proud to announce this year's dedicated and generous sponsors.
Entegra Bank
RiverStreet Networks
Affordable Golf Carts of Saluda Sales & Rentals
Don Mintz Builder
Beverly-Hanks Saluda
Barbara and Scott Cardais
In Memory of Barbara Seiler
Heartwood Gallery
Purple Onion
Pam and Clark Thompson
Bryan Easler Toyota
Lynne and Ralph Jenkins
Beth and Jim Carson
Charles Street Garden
Kathryn and Jerry Greenhoot
Mary Jane and David LaFave
Lynn and Mike Cass
Feagan Law Firm
Green River Barbeque
Amy and Angelo Zollo
Essential Elements and Body Work
Hendersonville Board of Realtors
Georgia and Steve Herring
Rhonda Corley
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 - Casual Zealots 
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.

Grand Opening at Saluda Outfitters May 6 
Saluda Outfitters will host extended shopping hours during its Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, May 6. The store will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A Grand Opening celebration will kick off at 10 a.m.
Shoppers can register for hourly door prize drawings. There will be free outdoor activities for the family to include cotton candy, popcorn, shaved ice and Coca-Cola. Chainsaw artist Ted Travers will also be onsite to demonstrate his artistic wood carving skills.
Live music begins at noon with Mark n' Brian (the duo of Mark Cantrell and Brian Lewis) playing until 3 p.m., followed by Pistol Hill from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Winding Creek Brewery will be pouring beer during Grand Opening hours.

There will be a food truck on site with some yummy treats so you can relax and have a snack inside in our coffee corner, out back in our picnic area or while seated in a rocking chair or swing on one of our large covered porches.

Shoppers can also take advantage of a 20 percent discount on all shoes now and throughout our Grand Opening.
The fun thing about this store located at 435 E. Main is-we're adding new items almost weekly to help meet your adventure experience needs! Additionally, for the convenience of the whitewater adventure seeker, H2O Dreams has taken up residence in the store, offering private and group paddle sports instruction. Participants can gear up and gain experienced instruction all in one location!

For even more fun, come join in yoga classes for a small fee from 10-11:15 Sunday mornings with Star Conway starting April 30. Bring your yoga mat.
For more information about Saluda Outfitters, call the store at (828) 848-4060 or visit us on Facebook or at or drop by daily between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Saluda Outfitters * 435 Main St., Saluda, NC 28773 * (828) 848-4060 *

Make plans to attend the fashion show on May 2 at 3pm at the fabulous Orchard Inn and Ne wman's Restaurant. Tickets are $20 and availa ble at the door. All proceeds will benefit Steps to Hope .  There will also be a silent auction. Twelve beautiful local women will model our spring and summer collection. Come join us and support a great cause that educates the community about domestic violence.
Come and visit the shop and get inspired with the beautiful spring color and cool fabrics. 90% of all goods are made in the USA. 
Also thank you for shopping local! Wishing everyo ne a happy month of May!
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 check out Vogue Salon today! or call 828-424-8863.
Located in Nostalgia Courtyard at 31 Pearson Falls Road.

Scents of Saluda
Scents of Saluda, 141 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-489-9168  
Opened year round (weather permitting) 
Closed: Sundays and Wednesdays 
Fine fragrances and accessories from around the world! Fourth generation merchant with over 100 years combined retail experience. Personalized service and shipping nationally. Located between The Dressing Room, Etc. & Beverly-Hanks.

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
Sassafras is ready for the warmer weather, are you?!
We have some beautiful Linen from Mosaic. Twill ankle pants from Jag. 50 UPF Hats. Scarves and Wraps for those of you that want a bit of extra coverage. We also have some beautiful Linen dresses, which are great for those steamy days! And, lots of great jewelry to help you accessorize and add a little extra something to pull your outfits together. And, much more...
And, if you haven't found that special gift for Mom yet, Sassafras has lots of great gift choices that will certainly put a smile on her face!
As always, we are very happy to assist you with your choices, and to help you put your outfits together!
We will be expanding our hours this month, opening now from Monday thru Friday 11:00 am until 5 pm, and on Saturday, 10:00 am until 5 pm. We are closed on Sunday.
Stay up to date with what's happening at Sassafras by checking out our Facebook page. View current pictures of some of our merchandise, and look for sale postings too.
Sassafras is located at 46 E. Main Street, which is in the center of town, in between the Saluda Grade Café and The Pottery. Store phone number is 828-749-2379.
We appreciate your patronage, and look forward to seeing you soon!
Connie and Catherine

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 
There's nothing quite like the spring green of new leaves blooming on the multitude of trees gracing the stunning views of our surrounding mountains. Natural beauty abounds in every direction whether you're sitting in the dining room, on our front porch or back terrace. 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 his 4,000 sq. ft. organic garden and from our local farmers. Stuart's organic Spring vegetable garden has started to yield some wonderful fresh 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. 
On Tuesday, May 2nd, we'll be hosting a fashion show with Irmy and The Dressing Room to benefit Steps to Hope, an organization that helps battered and abused women. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a glass of champagne will be served and there will be a silent auction as well. Join us for some fun, great food and libation for a good cause. 3pm-5pm, tickets are $20. 
On Sunday, May 7th we'll be hosting an afternoon of Celtic Music and Ancient Stories with Jamie Laval, Master Fiddler and Storyteller. Jamie is a truly unique talent who has played for the Queen of England. Delicious Orchard Inn hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar for wine, beer and champagne. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for youth. Show starts at 4pm.

On Sunday, May 14th, we'll be serving an amazing Mother's Day Brunch beginning at 11:00 am and seating until 3:00 pm. Each of the exquisitely prepared 3 courses is made to order (not a buffet). Entrees will include: House Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Spinach & Brioche Stuffed Chicken Ballotine, Pan Seared Newman's Crab Cake, Roasted Duck Confit, Certified Angus Beef Strudel, Austrian Palatschinken, and more....price is $45 per person ($22.50 per child under 11) and includes a red rose for every Mother. Call (828) 749-5471 to reserve your table soon, since this is one brunch that sells out every year.
On Sunday, May 21st we're hosting a very special Chef's Dinner with Overmountain Vineyards. Each of the 5 courses will be paired with the perfect Overmountain wine, born and raised right here in Polk County. The menu will include: Pan Seared Scallops, Poached Lobster with Osetra Caviar, Rabbit Saddle with Foie Gras, Grilled Elk Chop, and Strawberry Pudding Cake. Price per person is $145 and includes tax & tip.

Please call 828-749-5471 to reserve your place for any of these events, since space is limited.

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)
New Hours for Ward's Grill
Beginning May 4, Ward's Grill will be open;
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7am to 3pm.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
Come join us during our new extended evening and Sunday hours!
New Items on our menu: Philly Cheese Steak or Philly Cheese Chicken on a Hoagie Bun
New Dessert: Italian Cannoli
Daily Specials: Meatloaf Plate with 2 sides $6.00, Grilled Chicken Sandwich $5.00
Thompson Store with be open on Sunday too!
New in the Market - Jeff is making Bratwurst which is great on the grill with our Steaks, Burgers, Charlie's Sausage or Boneless Pork.
Recipe of the month - Charlie's Sausage-Baked Beans. Take your favorite beans and add cooked Charlie's Sausage along with ketchup, mustard and syrup. Optional add onion, bell pepper and bacon on top. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appearance in the front of our business. Due to the creek that has been under us for many years, the City is repairing and improving the sidewalk. We are open and always ready to serve you now 7 days a week.

Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm; Sunday 11-4.
Ward's Grill, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7am to 3pm.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here  to visit the website.  Click here for directions.  Phone is 828-749-2321. Like us on Facebook 
Lola's is located above Thompson's Store at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. 

Saluda Grade Café
May is exciting at Saluda Grade Café! We have new Spring Menus across the board...Lunch, Dinner and Sunday! We have added Small Plates and Sandwiches to our Sunday Menu as well as more Brunch type items! One of our favorite new Small Plates is the Asparagus Bruschetta with Herb Cream Cheese and House Cured Bacon! Don't forget we have a full beer and wine menu available as well.   Saluda Grade Café has a menu now at Green River Brew Depot and we hope to be working with the Saluda Outfitters as well! We love to feed you wherever you are! Speaking of which, remember us for all your Catering needs! We have dates still available in 2017 but they are quickly booking.
Saluda Grade Café is now taking Mother's Day reservations for Sunday, May 14th. Call 828-749-5854. We are open from 11 to 7 pm and would love to help honor your Mom! We will have a specialty Sparkling Wine Menu that day featuring Flavors of Spring!

Gift cards are available to give as Mother's Day gifts, birthday presents, Anniversary gifts or just a way to say "I love you". 828-749-5854
Wednesdays in May, Live Music with Debbie Camacho 12 Noon - 3 pm.
(Debbie plays Acoustic guitar and has the voice and soul of an Angel!)
Fridays in May, Live Music with the Saluda Grade Band   7pm
Saturday May 13th Live Music with Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers   7pm
Saturday May 20th Live Music with Dave McCurry and Phil Garrett   7pm
Reopening Tuesday Nights for Dinner starting May 16th !! Saluda Grade is open on Tuesdays from 5-9pm.
Saluda Arts Festival ...The Grade will have both the restaurant and our Food Booth at the Arts Festival again this year! Come join us for a sit-down lunch or grab a yummy portable lunch from the booth. We will have Sandwiches and Salads as well as freshly baked Breads and Sweets for you across the street from The Grade! Come see us at Saluda Grade's Booth and register for a chance to Win Dinner for Two.
May at Saluda Grade Café is bursting with excitement ...The Farm is growing and the Hens are laying, which means nothing but the freshest, tastiest dishes! Hope to serve you soon! Love you, Kaye and all Staff!!
New Hours 
Tuesday 5-9,
Wednesday - Saturday 11-3 Lunch, 5-9 Dinner
Sunday 11-7 pm
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
May brings us beautiful flowers and the green colors! It also brings us to our summer friends and visitors! We are so glad to see you back!
We have rolled out a new menu for the summer bringing back some of your favorites and a few new items!
Vidalia sweet onion slaw has returned along with Smoked Turkey Salad served on Wildflour Bakery bread. We have brought in a few of your favorite breads from our local Wildflour Bakery such as sunflower and sourdough. 
Fresh corn on the cob and black-eye pea salad also returns!
Chef Michael has been in the kitchen whipping up some great Southern Potato Salad made with Red Skin new potatoes as a special dish or served with Classic Deviled eggs, fried saltines and pickled okra! Talk about quintessential southern comfort food! 
Chef Michael will be doing daily specials that will be something a little different from our smoked meats! We will use locally sourced vegetables for special sides.  
Also returning is the Hog Trough and Saluda Stuffer! This was removed from the menu a few years back and you asked for it back and you got it!
Our Sunday Summer Concert series begins Memorial Day weekend with Sound Investment kicking the summer off! 4-7pm in the Barking Lot Sunday, May 28. Come join us with friends, family and pets!
Local Summer drafts are already being tapped for the hotter days to refresh you. 
Come join us! It's going to be a great summer!

Our Spring Hours:
Sunday & Monday, 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm  

Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ .  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   
Wildflour Bakery 
It's May and the pace in Saluda is picking up! 
We are so excited that we are now baking fresh bread to be served at Green River BBQ!  Check it out.  
Wildflour will be open on Sunday, May14 and we hope we have the honor of serving lunch to all the lovely moms, aunts, grandmoms, sisters, mentors and special folks in your life.
May means it is time to say goodbye to the winter menu and bring out a new summer menu with   some old favorites and some new choices that are sure to become favorites.
We will, of course, be open for the fabulous Saluda Art Festival on Saturday, May 20.  Be sure you visit the artists that will be set up in our parking lot and come inside for some delicious pastries or lunch.  

Opened 6 Days a Week!
Monday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday : closed
Wednesday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday Brunch : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook

Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Local Market 
Sprouting New Ideas every week! Stop in and see what is new. We regularly offer over 85 locally made food products and add more each week. Our World Famous Pimento Cheese is back in stock! We also have locally made arts, crafts, pet soaps and cleaning products. Look for new NC craft beers each week. We always have over 90 NC craft beers and more than 100 wine choices from all over the world. We have a new "Yard Sale" shelf with vintage items and "this and that" including glassware and baskets.

May 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. It is PIZZA NIGHT!
Sunday: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Tuesday: CLOSED

*Space available for parties & private events. Call for reservations. 
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
See us on  Like us on Facebook .   

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,

Historic Saluda

Saturday, June 3, 2017, Historic Saluda Tour of Homes will Feature Shand Hill 
The Historic Saluda Committee will sponsor a Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 1 - 5 p.m., as a fundraiser for 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, the Saluda Presbyterian Church, and Lola's Celebration Venue at Historic Thompson's Store, 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 city parking lots and the Saluda Community Library. There will also be a shuttle van to take you to Shand Hill from the library. This is a walking tour, with limited golf cart assistance, if needed.
Shand Hill has some of the earliest summer homes built in Saluda, and the Shand home that will be featured on the 2017 tour is supposedly the second summer home built in Saluda. For many years in Saluda, the Summer People meant the people from the low country and midlands of South Carolina or Georgia who came year after year to stay in houses built on the hills above town. The venues featured on the 2017 tour are as follows:
Ivy Terrace - The McGuire Family
Built around 1890 by Captain William Hinson of Charleston, SC, Ivy Terrace has been expanded, remodeled, and redecorated a number of times without destroying the original charm and soundness of its construction. It was enlarged, with a second floor added, and run as a boarding house in the 1930s and '40s by the Clippards. The current owners purchased Ivy Terrace in 1991. Many of the original materials were retained or repurposed when the house was renovated in 1991-1993. The trees on the property were likely planted in the 1890s when the Biltmore House was being landscaped with some of the same species. The Pacolet Area Conservancy has included nine trees at Ivy Terrace on their Treasured Tree List. And the ivy continues to be a feature of the property.
Meadowhil l Farm - The Nelson Family 
This property, known as
Meadowhill Farm, was originally a working farm owned by one of the many Thompson families of Saluda.  The exact date of the building of the original Meadowhill house is unknown, but there is evidence that it was constructed about 1870. In 1885 Robert Shand's wife, Louisa, purchased the Thompson farm property for the purpose of building a summer home, which was built in 1886 or 1887. The log cabin on the farm, located just across the road from the newly constructed house, was used as the kitchen for the new summer residence.  The Nelson family of South Carolina purchased the original log cabin and surrounding farm property in 1972.  The Nelsons have made additions to the 1870 cabin, making every effort not to alter its character.
Shand Family House - The Shand Fami ly ,
Robert Wallace Shand and Mrs. Shand, of Columbia, SC built the Shand house in 1887. James Blythe, a well-known Baptist preacher and his wife Martha, conveyed 17 acres of land to Mrs. C. Shand and her husband Robert, in 1885, to be used as the site for a summer home. The house, known then as "The Eyrie," was built on the point of the hill overlooking the railroad. The log cabin across the street, now owned by the Nelson family, was used as the kitchen. The house was known to be the second oldest summer house built in Saluda and may be the oldest summer house still standing. Robert's grandson, Julian Bonham Shand, Sr., acquired the property from his siblings in the early 1970s and undertook a renovation to its current condition. Julian's descendants now own the house.

The Saluda Big House - Big House Partnership 
The current owners trace its history back to the 1800s. The house remains essentially unchanged in its outside appearance in the years from its first written record in 1889, when John and Margaret Bone sold the property to the Krackes, who summered there until 1918. At the end of World War I, the property sold to Henry and Eva Davis of Columbia, SC for $670. Five years later, the property sold for $2000 to Cecil and Myriam Robinson of New Orleans. The Robinsons hired prominent Polk County Contractor William L. Thompson to reconfigure the first floor and finish the second floor for $3603, creating the house you see today. Esther Teal Efird bought the house on sight in 1956 from the Robinson estate for $11,000. Esther left the house to her three children, among whom was Louise Efird Johnson. Louise's children formed the Saluda Big House Partnership in 1986 so that they could continue enjoying this home on Shand Hill.
Bon Air - The Gause Family
The Gause house, known as "Bon Air," was built for Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Whaley of Edisto Island and Wadmalaw Island in Berkeley County, SC. The land was purchased from David and Sallie Pope for $50 in 1886. The Whaleys started construction of a three story house, which originally consisted of the present living room which was divided into a bedroom to the south of the present fireplace, a parlor or dog trot through the middle and a bedroom on its north. There were four bedrooms on the second floor and two on the third. In the following year they added the rear wing consisting of the dining room and porch on the first floor and a bedroom and sleeping porch on the second. The kitchen was a separate building, which was situated approximately where the garage is located. The furniture for the entire house was bought in Charleston and sent to Saluda by rail. There was no inside plumbing or electricity in the house until it was bought by Dr. Elton S. Osborne in 1925. The Gause family purchased the house from Dr. Osborne's descendants in 1993.
Saluda Historic Train Depot
Built in 1903 on Highway 176 about ¼ mile past the bridge, the Saluda Historic Train Depot is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It has a long history in Saluda, including its eventual move from the original location to its current location on Main Street. In June of 2016, after an 18 month journey, a group of citizens in Saluda organized and created a 501(c) 3 non-profit LLC, named the Saluda Historic Depot (SHD) to purchase the building and create a train and heritage museum. The museum recently opened two exhibits: a new G-Scale Southern Railroad Livery track with a locomotive and cars running the perimeter of the main passenger area, and How the West Was Won permanent display. Check out the current exhibits and events at 
Saluda Presbyterian Church
The Saluda Presbyterian Church was built between 1895 and 1896 as a multidenominational community church with funding from residents and summer people. It became a Presbyterian church in 1914. The Tryon Presbyterian Church donated the pews in the early 1940s, and the antique pulpit came from a South Carolina church that had closed. 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. Just south of the church and mimicking it in general design is the education building built in the early 1950s.
Historic Thompson's Store and Lola's Celebration Venue
Lola's Celebration Venue is located upstairs above Historic Thompson's Store, the oldest grocery store in North Carolina, est. 1890. Constructed in 1905, the building originally served as a boarding house for the tough and hardy railroad workers who maintained the Saluda Grade, the steepest mainline railroad in the United States. While the railroad was crucial to the growth of Saluda, support also came from numerous wealthy families from the lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia. These families built summer homes in Saluda, seeking relief in the cool North Carolina mountains during the hottest months of the year.
The room names at Lola's are a tribute to the communities from which many of those wealthy families came - Charleston, Columbia, Holly Hill, and Walterboro in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia.
The Historic Saluda Committee, which was formed in June 2010, has completed four major projects, collects and archives historical photos, documents and artifacts and continues to coordinate the biennial Saluda Historic Tour of Homes. For more information about the work of the Historic Saluda Committee go to or Facebook.

For more information about the tour, contact Lynn Cass at 828-749-1975 or visit the event page on Facebook.
Photos are available.
-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, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to or contact us at .
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle , Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Outdoor Adventures

MountainTrue Announces Green Riverkeeper at 11th Annual Spring Green Bash
MountainTrue is pleased to announce that Gray Jernigan, MountainTrue's Southern Regional Director, is now also the new Green Riverkeeper and will serve as a fundamental protector of the Green River watershed. MountainTrue's riverkeeper programs are key to our endeavors to monitor and protect the quality of our region's waterways.
MountainTrue is one of the few organizations in the nation with four Waterkeeper Alliance programs, also hosting the French Broad Riverkeeper, the Watauga Riverkeeper and the Broad River Alliance.
Green Riverkeeper Gray Jernigan showing off the trophies and prizes for volunteers participating in the Green River Spring Cleaning on April 8.
Quote from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance:
"Waterkeeper Alliance is thrilled to have Gray Jernigan to be the eyes, ears, and voice for this vital watershed and community. Every community deserves to have swimmable, drinkable and fishable water, and Gray is the right leader to fight for clean water in the region."
Gray Jernigan has extensive experience in environmental law, policy, and advocacy and has worked on land and water conservation issues across the state. He adds his Green Riverkeeper responsibilities to his ongoing role as MountainTrue's Southern Regional Director, serving Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties. Gray received his undergraduate degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master's degree and a law degree from Vermont Law School.
The Green Riverkeeper got a head start on April 8 by partnering with the Green River paddling community on a clean-up effort covering the Upper, Narrows and Lower Green sections. Over 50 people turned out to clear trash and debris from the river and its banks. Car tires, a home water heater, and assorted trash and litter were enough to overflow a dumpster, not including recyclables that were separated!
Gray will be present to meet the community at the 11th Annual Spring Green River Bash at Green River Adventures in Saluda on Saturday, May 6. Fifty percent of the ticket price for river, zipline, and rappelling trips booked for the day of the festival will be donated by Green River Adventures and The Gorge to help fund the work of the Green Riverkeeper. Book your trip for May 6 at
with the code:

Upcoming Riverkeeper Projects and Events:
  • May 27 - Big Hungry River clean-up
  • July 5 - Come help clean up Lake Summit
For more information on Green Riverkeeper programs and events: 
About MoutainTrue:
MountainTrue is Western North Carolina's premier advocate for environmental stewardship. We are committed to keeping our mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. Our members protect our forests, clean up our rivers, plan vibrant and livable communities, and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all residents of WNC. MountainTrue is home to the Broad River Alliance, French Broad Riverkeeper, Green Riverkeeper and Watauga Riverkeeper - the protectors and defenders of their respective watersheds.  
Green River Gam es, Multi-Spo r t Event
Taking place May 20-21st, 2017 the Green River Games is a multi-sport competition based around the infamous Green River Gorge. Mountain biking, kayaking, and trail running...what could be better? Our event and the permits secured have paved the way for new user groups to build and enjoy trails on these beautiful public lands. The message of extending access, bringing light to the incredible athletes of our region and celebrating the terrain is what we are all about. Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date as we release details about the events surrounding this weekend of Green River fun!
Green River Games Registration will be open the following hours at the following locations. This is also where one can late register, up to 30 minutes prior to each event. There is a $15 late fee for on-site registration.

Friday, May 19th 4:00pm-6:00pm at THE GORGE
Saturday, May 20th 7:30am-2:30pm at Wilderness Cove Campground
Sunday, May 21st/span> 6:30am-10:00am at Wilderness Cove Campground

166 Honey Bee Drive
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
Wilderness Cove Campground
3772 Green River Cove Road
Saluda, NC 28773
Spring Wildflower Walks at Pearson's Falls
The Tryon Garden Club is pleased to continue its spring series of Nature Walks at Pearson's Falls. TThe 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.
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.


May happenings at the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC)

To get a complete description of each hike and presentation, please visit Pacolet Area Conservancy website. 

May 9 - Landrum Library program; 6:30 p.m.  Dennis Chastain, award-winning outdoor writer, interpretive naturalist, will present, "Appalachian Sampler."
May 13 - PAC Hike; 10 a.m. Hikers, and their dogs, are invited to join the PAC and the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) on for a 5.5-mile hike at Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve.
Participants interested in walking a shelter dog for the day are encouraged to contact FHS.  This is a great opportunity to give a shelter dog a break from the shelter.  Contact Sam Austin, of FHS, several days before the hike for an interview and pairing with the appropriate dog.  There is a limit to the number of dogs that can come, so contact right away.  Sam can be reached at (828)863-4444, or email, .
May 27 - WCP program; 10:30 a.m.  Tradd Cotter, owner of Mushroom Mountain and mycologist, will present, "Amazing Fungi - The Dark Matter that Bounds all Life."
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

Wilmot B. Irvin
Wilmot Irvin is a lawyer by day and a novelist by night. He has published six novels. He and his family spend quality time at their home on Walnut Street in Saluda.
Born in 1950, Wilmot B. Irvin received his undergraduate degree in English literature and law degree from the University of South Carolina. He served in judicial clerkships for a South Carolina Supreme Court Justice and a Senior United States District Judge and has practiced law for nearly forty years.
He began writing fiction in his late forties and has published four full-length novels, a novella, and a novelette. He was chosen as an author presenter at the 2010 South Carolina Book Festival and served as an author panel moderator at the 2011 Festival. When they are not in Saluda, the author and his wife, Jeannie, live in Columbia, South Carolina with their nine-year-old son. They have three grown children and a grandson.
His first novel, Jack's Passage, is a coming-of-age tale set partially in the fictional mountain town of Ozone, NC, which bears a striking resemblance to Saluda. Robert Pace sold hundreds of copies of this novel and Mr. Irvin's other books out of his store on Main Street in Saluda.
The author's works explore human relationships. Fear and love, loss and fulfillment, evil and redemption, guilt and deliverance are themes that frequent his evocative and colorful stories, populated by interesting characters poignant in their struggles and triumphs.
Visit the author's website at .

Saluda Wedding 
By Wimot Irwin

Doesn't anybody besides me remember the nineties hit song "Butterfly Kisses"? Well, you had to be there, I guess, to understand. When our daughters were middle-schoolers, this little ditty hit the airwaves and millions of dads like me shed secret tears whenever some FM disc jockey sent it our way. Syrupy, sentimental, bittersweet - but exactly what us millions of dads yearned to hear. Our little girls were growing up, and one day we would have to let them go, turn them over to another man whom they loved as much as they loved us - maybe more - but in a fundamentally different way.

One such letting-go and turning-over happened to me last Labor Day weekend, in a town that just about all who are reading this little essay will call home, or second home, or heaven: Saluda, North Carolina, not to be confused with South Carolina. Our little girl tied the knot at our old mountain house in the place we call Jeannie's Spot, on Walnut Street in heaven, uh, Saluda, I mean. That street is not paved in gold, but the dirt and gravel do just fine, thank you, and the view is, well, heavenly. It is fitting that our daughter and her husband-to-be chose this venue for their wedding, because Saluda chose me when I was a child, many more years ago than I like to count now.

My grandparents had what was then called a summer house on Chisholm up above Main Street. I still recall the thrill of leaving Columbia and my parents behind, riding the old square-wheeler to the quaint mountain town at the top of the grade, where my grandmother waited patiently at the depot to greet me; spending long, lazy summer weekends prowling around the old town, visiting Pace's Store with my grandfather and listening to mountain men swap stories; gulping milkshakes and gorging on cheeseburgers at Ward's Grill; visiting Pearson's Falls and splashing in the dark clear chilly pools at the base of the falls, while the grown-ups grilled hotdogs on one of those Arthur Godfrey miniature charcoal grills: Saluda, circa 1950s.

There are two kinds of people in this world. One batch can take or leave Saluda, but the better group consists of folks who in some inexplicable way are vitally attached to the old town and its environs and to the interesting persons who inhabit it. Maybe it's in our DNA. Whatever the cause, I sure am grateful the Lord predestined me to membership in the latter category.

It was a small wedding, mostly family on both sides. Boy did I pray for a beautiful Saturday. And girl did I ever get it: a picture-perfect day all around with plenty of sunshine, Carolina blue sky, a nice gentle zephyr that kept the late-summer bugs at bay, little-to-no humidity, and a late afternoon sun nestling down behind the trees, sending out shoots of soft golden rays in every direction.

The ceremony took place at six o'clock in our back yard, and of course my wife had it decorated to the nines, as if the Lord's green grass and shady trees and flowering plants needed all those human touches. And the groom's mom and her man erected a splendid arch, which they wrapped in beautiful fresh greenery and flowers. The minister and his wife are friends of the bride and groom, and the service and the homily were personal and moving and inspiring. I noticed during the exchange of the rings that another man - on the groom's side - was having a little trouble with his tear ducts, too.

The reception was a thing to behold. It started in our kitchen and spread like molasses into the living room and the dining room and out onto the porches and the patio and over the lawn. Susan and Chambli were in charge of the sumptuous food and the impeccable service, and Mary Ann supplied the beverages. And the absolutely splendid wedding cake was created, baked and decorated by that nice lady at the Saluda Grade.

You see, it was a purely local event. And if you think Charleston or Columbia or Greenville can wine and dine you and your guests in elegant style and with haute cuisine, you'd be right. But it doesn't get any better than the Purple O's grilled beef tenderloin with horseradish crème, plank-smoked wild salmon, and plenty of fresh local vegetables and fruits with mango cream dressing - not to mention the shrimp bruschetta with avocado they passed around for appetizers and the key lime pie and blackberry cobbler they laid out on the dessert table, next to the champagne and wedding cake.

Entrusting the festivities to friends and neighbors in Saluda who know how to do things right was the first and best decision we made. From the invitations to the photography and everything in between, we sourced locally, as they say. And with lots of candid advice from friends like Judy Ward we pulled it off without a hitch: Now that's a Saluda wedding.

I should have told you more about my daughter, who I am so proud of. She loves this part of the world as much or more than I do. She and her husband, a photographer par excellence, live in Mars Hill outside of Asheville, in something they call a treehouse. But don't get me started on that subject, unless Cathy Jackson wants me to write another little essay. In the meantime I plan to attend my daughter's commencement exercises in May - she will receive her Master's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University - and maybe I'll get a few of those old butterfly kisses if I behave myself. And if you need a really, really good photographer to take a picture of just about anything you desire, check out our son-in-law at We're sourcing locally, and hope you will, too.
I Remember Saluda 
by Charles O. Hearon, Jr.  

Hearon Stories reprinted from I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling with permission of Charles O. Hearon, III, son of author Charles O. Hearon, Jr. (aka Charlie "C. Boy").

This book is currently in print and available at the Saluda Historic Depot.
The Graydons, Columbia People
The Columbia people in Saluda all feel the same way. They feel so blessed that they know about Saluda, that they have to celebrate this feeling about every seven days by sharing their pantries and their hearts with everybody they know.
The Graydons were typical and maybe the most gracious of all. Not slighting anyone else. The Graydons were Mr. Clint Graydon, his wife Raven, son Gus, and daughters Madge and Sarah. Mr. Graydon came up on Saturday and brought a total barbecue and pig picking with him. He was a criminal lawyer and brought some of his ex-clients to do the cooking and fixin', and they knew how.
Mr. Graydon's parties had an open bar before supper and at 7:30 p.m. the bar closed and we all ate supper. The drinking was over, and I admired that.
Mrs. Graydon was the best square dance partner I ever had who was older than I. Her boy Gus was one of everybody's best friends and captured many a young audience with his superior wit. The two girls were lovely, but a little bit young.
I saw Madge two summers ago, and I got a big hug. Her children had brought her to Saluda for her birthday, because when they asked what she wanted for her birthday, she said she wanted to go to Saluda one more time.
The Graydons stayed in the house on Chisholm Street. Theirs was the first house on the left as you go up the hill from Ozone that used to be Laurel Drive. Mr. John Renfro later had that house and lived there for years. He was the best talker on Saluda benches for some time, and he was a good listener too. 
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