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  December 2017  
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Saluda Real Estate Market
Eat, Stay & Play
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Christmas Express
Church Bazaar
Saluda Bell Ringers
Hometown Christmas
Christmas Children's Workshop
Saluda Community Singers
Methodist Church Christmas Music
Saluda Historic Depot News
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Annual Fundraiser
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Thursday Golf
Health & Wellness
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Calendar
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Scoop
SBA Donates to Pace Park
Historic Sakuda
SOS from Foothills Humane Society
Outdoor Adventures
I Remember Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
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A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of November 30, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017         70          7    

Homes 2016         60          0       


Land 2017            25          7      

Land 2016            14          0  


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

Click here to see a 2017 3rd 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 December 5 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.  
Saluda Hometown Christmas Downtown Saluda, December 8, 6-8pm. 
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the
first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. December 6.   
The Historic Saluda Committee meets December 8 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Sing! With The Saluda Community Singers,
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church, 396 Irvin Street.  Special Christmas Concert December 15, 7pm, Saluda Presbyterian Church. 
Women's Club will hold Christmas party on December 12 at 11am. 
Saluda Train Tales , December 15 at 6pm, Saluda Historic Depot. Movie Night with Polar Express.  
Saluda Garden Club will meet not meet in December and January. 
Saluda Center Christmas Potluck, December 25 at 1:30pm.
CHANGE! Saluda's Welcome Table will not serve its Tuesday night meal beginning November 28, 2017, and resumes on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. 
Brown Bag- Available, December 15, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church and the Saluda Fire Department. Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.
City of Saluda Christmas Express

"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts we find its meaning."       Author: Leland Thomas
The City of Saluda Police Department and City Hall will be accepting unwrapped toys and donations to provide Saluda's children with a Very Merry Christmas!
If you would like to "Adopt" a child or two you can pick up info at City Hall. Please have all donations in by December 18, 2017 so that we may get them to the families.
Family Nominations
Each year the City of Saluda likes to ensure the Children of Saluda have a Very Merry Christmas. Please pick up a Family Nomination form at City Hall. These need to be turned in ASAP as present pick up is done the week before Christmas.
Further questions may be directed to Jessica Desiano at 828-749-2581. This is an anonymous program.
2017 Holiday in Community Annual Fundraiser
Each year Heartwood Gallery purchases a handmade holiday ornament to raise funds for a non-profit organization. The artwork is selected for you to give as a gift or to cherish in your own home, as an expression of love for family, friends, and neighbors. When you purchase this ornament, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry which has provided financial and food assistance to thousands of Polk County residents in need for over 20 years. 
The ornament we have chosen this year is the Entwined Celtic Heart, cast in pewter by artist Cynthia Webb. Finished with a matte sheen, this heart
shimmers subtly as it hangs from a sheer teal ribbon. The ornament costs $18 and is packaged with a card recognizing the donation to the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, as well as information about the artist.

heartwood Visit Heartwood Gallery to purchase your Entwined Celtic Heart fundraiser gift. You can also call (828)749-9365 or e-mail for more artist and ordering information. 

Saluda Bell Ringers
max The Saluda Bell Ringers will begin our 12th annual Christmas Season of manning a kettle for The Salvation Army on Main Street. We will again be located in front of M.A. Pace store. This will be each Friday and Saturday through Saturday, December 20. The hours are 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm, and 3pm to 5pm. We are happy to see our veterans return each year and welcome anyone who would like to join with us and become a bell ringer. If interested, please call Susan Kruse at 828-749-9849, or you can leave your name and number with Leon at M.A. Pace store. We look forward to seeing our Saluda neighbors and visitors come by the kettle this season and pray we will have another successful season of helping those less fortunate.       
Saluda Hometown Christmas
December 8, 2017
Plan now to attend the annual Saluda Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 8, 2017, from 6 to 8pm. 
Enjoy holiday refreshments offered by Saluda businesses and a variety of music from area artists at many venues.
The event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Please visit , the official town guide, to learn more about the SBA. 
Ecumenical Service at 8:15pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St.
( Special Note to those with musical talents.  If you would like to perform during Hometown Christmas, please contact a merchant on Main Street to schedule a performance.)
Children's Christmas Workshop
workshop Saturday, December 9, 2017
Saluda Fire Department
Free For Kids Five And Up
The Workshop Helpers want to invite Saluda's children five and up to the workshop again this year so we can teach, inspire, and encourage them through creativity. The Workshop offers personal instruction of art projects related to Christmas in the form of ornaments and gifts. The kids get to practice their artistic ability, imagination, patience, cooperation and gratitude through art. We create projects using lots of different mediums, such as recycled products, beading, felting, food gifts, nature inspired gifts, origami, and much more. They will take home projects that will be cherished for years to come.
They aren't the only ones who benefit though...we, the adults, love to share with the kids who come. It's a wonderful experience for everyone. If you'd like to be a helper, just call Laura Fields at 828-749-4521. I encourage creative and kid-loving people (notice I didn't say women) to join us. I wouldn't be able to pull this project off without my volunteers, and for them, I am very grateful. Please join us if you'd like to be a part of something very special.
Parents, please don't bring children under five as the projects are challenging. No food or drink allowed. No unattended children and parents are allowed on art floor. We provide a special place just for you where you can do a project of your own or watch the kids without being right beside them.
See You There!
Sponsored by Mountain Life Realty and Mineral Spirits Rock Gallery  
Saluda Community Singers
The Saluda Community Singers will participate in the Saluda Christmas Stroll on the evening of Friday, December 8.  They will stroll along Main Street and sing favorite traditional Christmas carols.  The choir members will begin near the Saluda Library at 6:00 and sing until about 7:00.  Everyone who would like to join in the singing is cordially welcome to sing along at any time during the stroll! (Small booklets with the words to the songs will be available.) Bring your bells and Santa will be great fun!  
The Saluda Community Singers will perform their Winter Concert on Friday, December 15 at 7:00 in the Saluda Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.  Songs included in the program are Africa, Heal the World, Dona Nobis Pacem, Sakura, Mary Did You Know?, Nothin Gonna Stumble My Feet, Oh Shenandoah,  and I Believe. A reception for the audience will follow all the beautiful singing.  Everyone in the community is cordially invited!   
Patricia Roskens, Director
Methodist Church Christmas Music
Please join the Saluda United Methodist Church Choir on Thursday, December 21, at 7:00pm, as we present a deeply moving, introspective musical, "The Longest Night."  
A different kind of Christmas musical celebration, "The Longest Night" is a worshipful experience meant to encourage and offer hope to those for whom the Christmas season may not be a festive, joy-filled occasion.
From the publisher's notes: "Inspired by the solstice, winter's longest night, this service of music, scripture, and prayer brings light into the darkness... A small consort of orchestration adds a fragile intimacy and brings a healing ambience to this singular service of song."
Our ensemble of local musicians includes players from the Hendersonville and Asheville Symphony Orchestras.  The Revs. Laurie and Jack Knoespel will provide devotional and Scriptural readings.
We invite the entire community to bring family and friends to celebrate and discover the hope of Christmas with us.
Saluda Historic Depot News

Visit Depot during Hometown Christmas
We invite everyone to visit the Depot from 6 to 8pm during Saluda Hometown Christmas December 8. It's a special time in the Depot with refreshments, music, and a feeling of a bygone Christmas' past.
Enjoy traditional Christmas songs by Douglas Guy from Asheville, reminiscence of mellow, easy going baritones like Como, Crosby and Nat King Cole.
New Museum Hours
Museum has extended hours! Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Sunday noon to 4pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day!
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  
Grant Awarded to SHD
Polk County Community Foundation
The Saluda Historic Depot is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $20,000 incentive grant from the Polk County Community Foundation to support the depot's mission in 2018.
"Having met the requirements for the 2017 PCCF grant, we are excited to announce that the Foundation trusts our hard work and has awarded us another incentive grant for 2018. This grant will make it possible for us to continue the growth in operations of the Saluda Historic Depot and museum. This support by PCCF hallmarks the importance of the depot to the Saluda community, its heritage, and as a tourist destination," says Judy Ward, chair of the Saluda Historic Depot board.
Grants like this one from the Polk County Community Foundation along with individual donations, sponsorships, and fundraisers is key to helping us reach our financial goals," says treasurer, Bruce Hunt.
"We know that all Saludians will celebrate this grant opportunity with us and continue to take ownership of this Saluda treasured landmark. This is shown through the support of volunteers, over 5,000 visitors this year, school field trips, participation in our monthly Saluda Train Tales, and donations and memberships," says Cathy Jackson.
"Saluda Train Tales" has grown in popularity and we are pleased that the Polk County Community Foundation will be the "sponsor" for this monthly event," says Mary Meyland Mason, secretary of the board.
The grant will be used for administrative expenses and specifically a new security system, lighting, video capture of Saluda Train Tales, and other improvements.
On Sale Now Saluda Train Tales Collection DVD
Just in time for your holiday shopping, the Saluda Historic Depot is proud to announce the release of the "Saluda Train Tales" DVD. Produced by Bob Keeton. This is a collection of best of the Friday night train tales about the railroad heritage in Saluda and western NC. The video includes tales by Bob Loehne, "Saluda Mountain," Lucas R Safrit, "NC Transportation Museum," Rodger Stroup, "Carolinas Railroad Heritage," Southern Railroad Dining Experience," Robert "Bo" Brown. A special feature is the "Flight Down the Saluda Grade," created by Bob Keeton with music by "The Carburetors," which is an aerial view of the actual railroad track from Saluda to Tryon.
Give the Gift That Keeps On Giving - Saluda Historic De pot Membership
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.
Purchase the Christmas Special and get both the Membership and the Saluda Train Tales DVD for only $40.
Great stocking stuffer! This gift is tax deductible!
Pick up at the Depot or please send checks to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "Christmas Special Package." You can also purchase online at . Shipping is $6.
If You Like History, Be a Volunteer
If you would like to learn about Saluda's history and greet visitors of the Saluda Historic Depot, please call Anita Moore 404-626-2090. 
Model Train Raffle
Support the Depot with a chan ce to bless a good boy or girl with this wonderful Christmas "Saluda RR" Train Set.
Stop by the Depot and purchase a $1 ticket to win a Bachman On30 Hawthorne Christmas Village Model Train, estimated value $350, donated by Richard Wright.  Drawing is during Hometown Christmas, Dec 8. 
     Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
  (Start time is 7pm unless otherwise stated.) 
December 15 - Saluda Train Tales Movie Night featuring Polar Express . Free popcorn and hot chocolate. Starts 6pm. 
Giving Made Easy Online! 
When online holiday shopping, we invite you to shop at and select Saluda Historic Depot as your favorite charity. A small percentage of all your purchases will go toward our fundraising.
Donations and memberships to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2017 will enable us to receive incentive grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation.
Saluda Historic Depot is a 501(c)3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible.
CityCity Notes

Reme mber a loved one this holiday season, by purchasing a bric k paver in t heir name!
Don't hesitate! Do it now! Makes a great Christmas gift that lasts forever!
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   
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Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.   Click here to download the Saluda Center December calendar (includes schedule for yoga classes, train trash, bridge, and more). For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
The annual Saluda Center Gala will be Sat., Dec. 9 from 6:30-9:00 pm.
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Dec. 7 at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., Dec. 14 at 5pm. Our group is for men and women over the age of 40. If you have a partner or are separated, we consider you single. Just bring a dish of your choice for all of us to share. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.
Community Christmas Potluck Luncheon will be Mon., Dec. 25 at 1:30pm. Bring a dish to share with others.
**If you are interested in being a permanent Meals on Wheels driver on Tuesday each week beginning in December, please call Donna at 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.    
The Saluda Senior Center
Annual Fundraiser & Christmas Gala 2017
It is our time of the year. We take pause now to thank all of you for your loyal support and invite you to continue sharing the Center with us. To all of you who have participated in the many programs offered by the Center, to those of you that volunteer at the Center and the Barn, and to all who have made financial donations, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We also thank those of you who have thought of us each time you have household items and gently used clothing for which you would like to find a new home. The Thrifty Barn is our keeps us going.
We are looking forward to a prosperous new year in 2018. We have a new cooking range in the Saluda Center and a new washer and dryer in the Barn. We were so thankful to be able to purchase them. Please continue to support us in all the ways that you can.
We invite you to join us on Saturday December 9, from 6:30 till 9:00pm for our annual Gala. Gala is $40 and reservations can be made by calling 828-749-9245. We have wonderful items for our Raffle and Silent Auction, delicious food, and lots of Holiday Cheer. The company will be fabulous as always.
We hope to see you soon at the Center and look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Gala.
Thank you again for your generosity.
Louisa Williamson, Chair
Board Members: Karen Bultman, Cindy Keeter, Richard Mason, Cathy Rhodes, Michael Teal, David Thompson, Dan Wells
Saluda Community Land Trust
Make a Beautiful Boxwood Wreath
Saluda Community Land Trust is hosting a wreath making day at Twin Lakes complete with lunch from 11am to 3pm, December 2.
The event is sponsored by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. This will be a fun day for children and adults. Please come join us!
Bring hand clippers if you have them and dress warmly if it's a bit cold. You may want to bring a blanket to sit upon while working on your wreath. If it is below 45 degrees (or raining) at 11am, we'll meet at the (heated) Fellowship Hall of the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Directions to Twin Lakes: from Saluda go out Greenville Street 1.7 miles. On left will be Linda Lane and a Twin Lakes sign. Go .2 miles down Linda Lane to the entrance of Twin Lakes.
Call the SCLT office at 828-749-1560 for questions.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month December 6 at 3:00 pm, at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.
Please 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.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will not meet in December or January. We wish all our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. Details for our February meeting will be announced later.
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 Christmas Party on December 12 at Arlene Klippel's home  on 652 Lake Hosea Drive.  Members are asked to bring a covered dish.  The party will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Members who wish to carpool should meet in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church at 10:45 a.m.
The first meeting for 2018 is Tuesday, January 9 at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome, and ladies interested in learning more about this organization are cordially invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439.
The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community and support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders.
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

Saluda Family Medicine - Lisa Broyles, MD
Family Medicine with professional interests in Holistic/Integrative Medicine.
Lisa J. Broyles, MD grew up in Asheville, NC and is thrilled to call Saluda home. She attended medical school at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and specializes in family medicine. A wife and mother of two children, Dr. Broyles loves running, yoga and homesteading. She believes in the body's ability to heal itself with proper nutrition and lifestyle choices. Now a certified functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Broyles believes true health encompasses emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. She looks forward to caring for her friends and neighbors of all ages in Saluda and surrounding areas.
Board Certification
American Academy of family Physicians, Tennessee Medical Association
UNC Chapel Hill Medical School
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Family Practice
For more information, please call 828-894-5627. 1347 Ozone Drive, Suite 2, Saluda, NC 28773
Note: While Saluda Family Medicine is under construction, Dr. Broyles is seeing patients
Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-noon at Foothills Medical Associates, 801 W. Mills St., Columbus! Call 828-894-5627 for an appointment.  
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. 
Soulshine Yoga
Dear Yoga Students,
Yoga classes will be suspended until January 2018.
Enjoy your holidays and may they be filled with JOY!
   Abundant Grace Massage
Click here for directions to the Saluda Center. 64 Greenville, St.     
Holiday Greetings from Feldenkrais Saluda
The Feldenkrais Method is an educational, non-medical approach to well-balanced living. Subtle movement processes promote equilibrium during and after the holidays. Log on to to read about real experiences. On the "Home" page is a link to Jane Brody's recent article in the NY Times.
Feldenkrais Saluda is located in Nostalgia Court, 27 Pearson Falls Road. Hours are by appointment. Call or email me to arrange an individualized lesson or a consultation to find out how you could benefit from Feldenkrais. Gift certificates are available.
Jane Ella Matthews, M.Ed., GCFP
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library
Teen Scene is for those in grades 6-12 only. Enjoy fun, free activities every week at the Saluda Library on Mondays at 4pm.
Dec 4: 
Nintendo & Hot Cocoa
Play games on the Nintendo Wii U and try different types of hot chocolate!
Dec 11: 
Everything, Everything  Watch a popular young adult book come to life in the 2017 film Everything, Everything. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Dec 18: Nintendo & Cookies  Play games on the Nintendo Wii U and decorate holiday cookies with your friends!

The Saluda Teen Advisory Group (STAG) also meets on first Wednesdays at 4pm. Have a say in what the library offers for teens! Members will be able to offer suggestions for future teen programs, materials, and spaces. Applications are available at the front desk.

An Adult Craft Class is held at the Saluda Library on the second Monday of the month at 2pm.
On December 11, we will make ornament wreaths. Basic materials will be provided, but please bring extra ornament balls.

Registration is STRONGLY encouraged. Sign up with Amelia at or by calling (828) 894-8721 ext 226.

Special events:

Wrap It Up!  
Monday, December 18, 2pm
Wrap your Christmas presents at the library! Wrapping paper, bows, tape, and other materials will be provided. Sip on hot chocolate, enjoy festive music, and wrap your presents for the holiday season.
Build a Peregrine Falcon
Friday, December 29, 10am  
Peregrines are part of the rare Cliffside community that Chimney Rock State Park was formed to protect. A Chimney Rock ranger will teach us all about this amazing predator's adaptations as well as their historical relationship to humans.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
As you are preparing holiday meals, 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!  
Here's the Scoop for December & January Events at Saluda Elementary School:
Dec. 1  1st & 2nd grade students to sing holiday songs at The Party Place
Dec. 6 PreK-5 Assembly "Stone Soup & Other Heartwarming Tales" at 2pm
Dec. 15 Interim Reports go home
6pm Popcorn and Polar Express at the Saluda Historic Depot
Dec. 19 Books Are Really Fun Distribution #3
Polk County High School Choir to perform for Saluda Students at 9:30am
Winter Informance 5:30-6:30pm. From 5:30-6:00pm, we will have Cookies &          Cocoa (5th grade leaders in charge) for all students and families in the
cafeteria. At 6:00pm, students in PreK-2 will sing holiday carols in the auditorium, while students in grades 3-5 will have their work on display in the classrooms and hallways for you to enjoy.  
Dec. 20 Christmas Bazaar in the school gym for students
Dec. 21 Student dismissal at 11:30.
Jan. 2  Students return to school
Jan. 3-Jan. 24 mClass Reading 3D MOY Benchmark Assessments
Jan. 15 NO SCHOOL --Optional Teacher Workday
Jan. 16 Hobe Ford to visit 4th grade class
Jan. 22 NO SCHOOL --Required Teacher Workday
Jan. 23 Report Cards go home
Jan. 30 5th Grade Muddy Sneakers "Terrestrial Ecosystems" at Holmes State Forest
Visit for state score summaries and regional comparisons.  
Visit our school website at: 
Cari Maneen, Principal
Located at 214 East Main St., Saluda, NC 28773
Please keep an eye out for the hot pink Box Tops that are on many food products and send them to our school. Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top that is collected and submitted.  This money is used to purchase books for the Books Are Really Fun program, where every student in the school gets to choose and keep 3-5 free books each year! 

Because student safety is of utmost importance, please do not enter school premises or grounds while school is in session. 
Saluda Church Services & Events

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 
The Rev. Jim Dannals, Interim Rector
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I 9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Laurie Knoespel
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am 
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

Rent at Lake Sheila. Fully furnished. Weekend $500 or Week $750. Call for longer term rates. Call 843-442-2029.  
Saluda Cemetery Lot for Sale 
Four cemetery plots in Saluda Cemetery. Please contact Bill or Barbara Valentine 843-476-6870.    
Experienced Cleaning!
Have openings for "once a month" cleanings. Will consider other types of cleaning jobs as well. Moving jobs, Holiday cleanings, "Spring" cleanings!  Deep, detailed cleanings. Will also do "post construction" jobs.  Call for an appointment to give an estimate. I charge by the job, not by the hour.  Kathie Mobley 828-674-6108.

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

Dan the Computer Tamer
What Is Your Biggest Technology Frustration? Let Dan the Computer Tamer help! Coaching on computers and smart devices. Home networking. Repairs, upgrades and customizations. Affordable service in your home in Saluda and surrounding areas. Daniel Schmitt, 336-565-6336
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (864)326-8923.
House Sitting & Animal Care
Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (864)326-8923 .
Healing Massage
Give a gift to yourself or another with a soulful, healing massage!  Soulshine Yoga and Massage offers skilled and therapeutic massage right downtown! Licensed massage and bodywork specialist and yoga instructor, Dori Ray, is glad to be serving our Saluda community!  Call to schedule a massage 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.
Annual Calendar
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday of month at Saluda Historic Depot
Jerry's Baddle Green River Multi-Sports - first Saturday in April.
Green River Adventures Green Spring Bash - 1st Saturday in May
Saluda Arts Festival - 3rd Saturday in May
Saluda Tailgate Market-Every Friday at 4:30
Top of the Grade Concerts - 2nd Friday of month June-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
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Joy in the Season    
Buildings glistening with bright lights, scent of sweet refreshing evergreens, crisp chilly days, holiday music drifting in the air, sporting of multicolored scarves and hats-what a magical season this is in Saluda.
Winter sharpens the senses and especially during the holiday season in Saluda. Downtown is decked out with holiday lights, garland, and ornaments with the joy of holiday cheer everywhere.
The post office is always a place to meet and greet, and during this time of the year, it's busier than ever as Saludians mail off greeting cards and packages. A brief glance at the bulletin board shows the many activities going on to put on your social calendar. The bulletin board at the post office is where most civic organizations and individuals "post" announcements--Saluda's form of social networking.
Clanging of the bell ringers on Main St. draw you near to put something in the kettle for those with hardships, City Hall is piling up toys for Saluda kids in need, and churches are organizing gifts to be sent to kids overseas who need help this time of the year. Heartwood Gallery is selling its annual Holiday Ornament for your Christmas tree and the proceeds go to the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.
To thank all Saludians and patrons of Saluda shops and restaurants, the Saluda Business Association will hold its annual "Saluda Hometown Christmas," and Laura Fields with Mineral Spirits Rocks & Gems will sponsor the annual "Children's Christmas Workshop" the following Saturday morning.
Whether you use "Holiday" or "Christmas" to mark the season, love is the common thread that weaves us all together and the spirit of giving and love shines bright in Saluda.
 "Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me"
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion 
Winter Hours
The Purple Onion is now on Winter Hours closed Sunday and Wednesday. Additionally, our kitchen will close at 8 PM on Monday and Tuesday nights. We will reopen for Sunday brunch and Wednesdays the first week of May.
Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys with Corin Raymond
December 3 @ 7 PM
The Purple Onion is pleased to welcome Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys with Corin Raymond , Sunday, December 3 at 7 PM.
Jonathan has performed at The Purple Onion many times. He is, a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning singer-songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who is best known for his narrative tales of love, life, and death in America. In 2003, he was among the winners of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He set a record for CD sales at the festival that year, making more sales than the main stage acts. His song, "The Ballad of Larry" has been listed a "Top Rated Song" by Americana-UK. He primarily performs solo and accompanies himself in a variety of traditional acoustic guitar styles. His recordings have featured a variety of instrumental ensembles and typically include one or more instrumental tracks that feature Byrd's skillful flatpicking technique.
Together, Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy, Johnny Waken (guitar, mandolin, saw) are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. They are joined on this tour by Canadian folk rocker Corin Raymond , a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike and Kyshona Armstrong , a 2017 NIMA nominee for Best R&B/Soul Artist, Best Live R&B/Soul Performer and Artist Of The Year on bass.
Sweet Claudette Holiday Extravaganza
December 10 @ 7 PM
Come join the girls (and the Claudes!) for a wintery mix of their own original music, combined with classic Motown hits and some special holiday numbers. Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak, tradition and irreverence, the Sweet Claudette Holiday Extravaganza is sure to be a cozy evening full of surprises and shenanigans.
Sweet Claudette is made up of members of some of the Southeast's favorite bands. Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters, Dulci Ellenberger of Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You are joined in this WNC supergroup by Amber Lyle Sims. The seeds of Sweet Claudette were planted at a women's songwriter showcase in the fall of 2009. The four women had so much fun working up tunes for the show, they decided to form a band so they could keep singing and playing together. Sweet Claudette's captivating sound is powered by 4- and 6-part harmonies, Motown-inspired backup vocals, and an unusual combo of acoustic instruments: cello, banjo, melodica and guitar. Multicolored kazoos sometimes make a brief appearance as well.
For both shows, the doors open at 5:00 PM and our Sunday concert menu-small plates, salads & gourmet pizzas-is available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dessert and beverages are available throughout the evening. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Reservations are available online or by calling the Purple onion at 828-749-1179.
Holiday Schedule
Closed December 24 - 25
We wish you a very merry Christmas and may each of you be blessed with health, happiness and  
peace in the coming year.
 Open Dec 26-31
Yes, we are even open on Wednesday, December 27 to accommodate your friends and family visiting for the holidays.
Closed Jan 1 - 4
We are taking a few days off to address some deep cleaning, inventory and facility needs
before we begin our 20th year in business.
New Year's Eve at The Purple Onion
Early Seating
Seating 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM. Dinner Menu will feature a tasty selection of a la carte tapas.
New Year's Eve Dinner & Countdown Celebration
with The Get Right Band
Admission $30
8:00 - 12:30
Admission includes music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Call for dinner reservations. Seating is limited and fills up quickly, so make your reservations soon. The menu will feature a selection of a la carte tapas. All dinner reservations in the main room with the stage will be at community tables to allow more space for dancing. Our adjoining room is available for guests that prefer a quieter option or their own table.
 December Live Music Calendar
December 2 - JPQ Band
Jim Peterman returns with his Hammond B-3 and funky blues and rock and roll.
December 3 - Jonathan Byrd - See above.
December 7 - Jimmy Landry 
Great songs, a memorable voice and his passionate enthusiasm for what he does makes a wonderful evening.
December 8 - Hometown Christmas with Robert Seiler on drums & Patricia Wells on drums
December 9 - Wayne Banks Trio 
Jazz standards and the Great American Songbook make for a tasty musical evening.
December 10 - Sweet Claudette - See above.
December 14 - The Moon and You 
This duo returns with a sound that is warm and inviting, atmospheric and playful.
December 16 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love 
World music through the eyes and ears of Southerners from these old friends.
December 21 - Michael Reno Harrell 
Still making up songs and spinning yarns just like all the years he has been coming here.
December 23 - Riyen Roots & Kenny Dore  
Organic acoustic blues roots music.
Angela and Brandon are the shining example of what Americana music is. The have got it.
Jim Lauderdale
December 30 - Sally and George 
Joel Timmons and Shelby Means return as they continue their love and life together with us.
December 31 - New Year's Eve Dinner & Countdown Celebration with The Get Right Band 
"Hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun." The Get Right Band are the type of performers that you just know will break out. Their songs are infectious and take you immediately to a very happy place. The lyrics are smart and bear weight."-The Huffington Post
Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook
Music on Friday Nights
Saluda Grade Band
puts on a grand musical show! Ole Time Music at its finest! The players may swap around but all are super talented and amazing!!  
Debbie Camacho plays at noon for lunchtime entertainment.
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
Dancer's Extension dancersextension
The Dancer's Extension is proud to present our annual Christmas performance for Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 8. Our dancers will be performing from 6-7PM in the Lola's Celebration Venue above Ward's Grill.  There is no admission and this is a drop-in event.  In addition, we will take our choreography to Autumn Care to perform for the residents there later this month.  We love to spread the joy of dancing during this holiday season!
The Dancer's Extension will be closed Thursday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 3 for the holidays.  Classes will resume on a regular schedule on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Thank you for your continued support of The Dancer's Extension.

Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook 
Jim Carson, AIS     
Workshop: Painting the Interior
January 18-20, 2018 Thursday-Saturday
Medium: Oil and/or Acrylic
Painting interiors has always been a fundamental part of Impressionist painting, and particularly contemporary Impressionist painting. Capturing the light, whether natural light through a window or door, or artificial light from a lamp or other inside lighting. The walls, furniture, floors and flowers are simply a vehicle for the light to "show off". Painting these scenes can be both fun and can result in very cozy paintings. As always, in this workshop, we will learn to simplify the shapes and design of an interior scene in order to paint it in a fresh and spontaneous manner.
The workshop will be held in Jim's studio, above the Saluda Grade Café, 40 E. Main St., in Saluda, N.C. There will be lots of one on one easel time, a demonstration by Jim on Thursday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.
Jim is a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAPSE), an associate member of Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of The American Impressionist Society.

For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at , email or call 828-749-3702.    
"Saluda Winter Weekend" Bill Jameson Workshop
Saluda, NC - January 16-18, 2018
Come enjoy the crisp and clean air in the mountains! Winter in Saluda is the perfect season for painting sculpture-like trees, bright sunshine and maybe even some snow. We will paint a variety of area landscapes from the warmth of our studio and painters can work in their choices of media. Our workshop will include a "welcome party", daily demonstrations and critiques. This workshop is open to beginners to advanced and is limited to 8 participants so please come enjoy our newest Saluda workshop!
You will receive a materials list upon registration and for questions please contact Bill Jameson at 828/749-3101 or Please visit Bill at
Saluda Train Tales
PJ's, Popcorn and Polar Express
Friday, December 15 at 6pm
Saluda Historic Depot's
Friday, December 15 at 6 PM
Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and bring your warmest blanket to enjoy an evening enjoying the Christmas Train Classic, POLAR EXPRESS, with popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies.
Of course, you never know what to expect from our Conductor so be prepared for some surprises. Due to our limited space, the audience for this FREE event will be limited to the first 70 guests.                            
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community in the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. The events are free and voluntary donations are appreciated. Memberships and Donations to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2017 will enable us to receive incentive grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation.
For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or for schedule updates.    
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.
Holiday Adventure Packages
The Gorge Zipline and Green River Adventures
Click here to see more about the Gorge holiday package.
Click here to see more about Green River Adventures holiday package.
The Gorge will also be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the winter months, with extended availability between Christmas and New Years (champagne zips!) and on Valentine's Day.  
Our first holiday season in Saluda is an exciting time and we have lots of great holiday deals running through Dec. 24. We're also offering our customers a unique chance to win an outdoor adventure package, valued at more than $1,500.
Be sure to pop by the store to check out details about The Great Holiday Giveaway, a promotion with WTZQ 93.5 FM/1600 AM, where customers can sign up to win one of three grand prizes valued at $1,500 or more each.
The Saluda Outfitters package includes one of Bellyak of Asheville's finest prone kayaks. Called the Frequency, the boat is wasabi green and will look super great surfing the Green River. Also included in this package is a fitted safety helmet and personal flotation device (PFD) so the winner will have the gear needed to hit the water in style. To complete the prize package and to ensure a safe experience, H2O Dreams, Saluda Outfitters' in-house paddling school that provides certified whitewater instruction, has included a gift certificate for a two-person lesson.
Don't wait to get registered. One winner for each of the three grand prizes-which includes an oriental rug from World of Clothing and a piece of diamond jewelry from Rudi's of Hendersonville-- will be drawn on December 15. Get your registration in by Dec. 14 to make sure you have a chance to win.
In addition to this promotion, the Outfitter has everything you need for your holiday shopping, including a "build your own" gift set for $79 (a regular $115 value). This includes a short sleeve T-shirt, pair of underwear, pair of socks, a baseball/trucker hat, and a sticker from among the stores wide selection.
You can also capture these super deals: 20% off all regular priced shoes, Outback coats, vests and hats, Wolverine clothing, Gregory and Osprey backpacks, all Mountain Hardware, and Marmot tents and sleeping bags. You can save 10% on Kuhl and Marmot clothing as well. In our ladies boutique, check out the 40% savings on all our Krimson Klover fashions.
The store is loaded with stocking stuffers from Smart Wool or Farm to Feet socks to Umpqua fishing flies or an Eno hammock. Be sure to shop local. The store will continue regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and only closing on Christmas Day.
We're happy to say we'll be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, to help celebrate Saluda's Hometown Christmas! Hope you'll stop by for a sweet treat.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. For unto us a child is born...Isaiah 9:6.
Call 828-848-4060 with questions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for your shopping convenience. 135 E Main St.
Random Arts & Apparel   
Arts & Apparel has been located at the corner of Ozone and Louisiana with the brightly colored steps and door for the past 7 years. If you haven't stopped by yet, this could be an opportunity to see what we are all about.  With cooler temps on the way, it's time to begin layering your winter outfits with a fashionable new vest, a soft fluffy sweater, a long tunic, a cozy hat and a warm scarf. You'll also discover fun, unique clothing items that you won't find anywhere else, as well as the basic leggings & skinny jeans. After all, you will want to look good and stay warm here in Saluda and in your travels.
Stop by and let us assist you in putting together a fresh new look for the winter.
Random Arts & Apparel  welcomes you to shop with us and support small business in December. 
Remember us when you begin your holiday shopping and let our cheerful staff...Joyce, D.J. or Dee assist you. Plenty of parking with a handicap access ramp.

Open Thurs - Sat. 10am till 5pm (or by appointment)
Phone: 828-749-1165
Happily Located at 481 Louisiana Ave,Saluda, NC 28773
I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and now we are getting ready for the wonderful Christmas season.  With that said THE DRESSING ROOM ETC is having a huge sale. All of the clothing is going to be 35 % - 50 % reduced. 
Like every year we will be closing the end of the year and reopen in mid March. Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and health and happiness for the New Year!
As always thanks for shopping local and looking forward to seeing you at Hometown Christmas. 
Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555 
December in Saluda!  The month of Hometown Christmas and lovely nights with clear starry skies, along with a delightful chill in the air, and the town beautifully encased in holiday lights...definitely a wonderful time to be in Saluda!
Finish up, or start, your Holiday shopping for family, friends, and of course, don't forget yourself too!
Sassafras can assist you with your shopping needs, and it's a great time to take advantage of our Winter Sale for some very good deals!
We wish you the very best during the Holiday Season and a Very Happy New Year!  If you're in town for Hometown Christmas, be sure to stop in for some festive and delicious offerings, along with some great deals, too!
In December, our store will usually be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
As always, we are very Thankful and Grateful for your patronage, and look forward to seeing you soon!
Check out our Facebook page "SassafrasSaluda" for pictures of our current stock and new arrivals!
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.
  Connie and Catherine


It's that magical time of year when the joy of the holidays is upon us. Fresh wreaths adorn the front porch, a 10' tree graces the living room, heirloom decorations are everywhere, and a fire is always burning in the living room. The smells of fresh Christmas cookies baking, mixed with smells of holly and fir garlands, combine to create an atmosphere of times gone by. Come lift your spirits and be swept away with the cheer of the holidays in our elegant historic mountain retreat. 
Here at the Orchard Inn we await your visit for a relaxing stay at our lovely romantic bed and breakfast or a sumptuous meal at Newman's Restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm. All are welcome at our little piece of mountain paradise. Come help us celebrate 91 years of gracious hospitality.
Our fine dining restaurant, Newman's, continues to receive high accolades from food critics far and wide. We're serving dinner every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and an incredible Brunch every Sunday. During the month of December, we're still celebrating the many organic delights being harvested by our local gardeners. At Newman's Restaurant we strive to bring diners a true "farm to table" gastronomic experience. Treat yourself to a most creatively prepared and delicious fine dining culinary adventure!  Call to reserve a place in our elegant dining room. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to enjoy a meal at Newman's. 828-749-5471.
Unfortunately, all of our Dickens' Dinners are already sold out; however, we still have limited seating available for our traditional Austrian Christmas Eve Dinner and New Years' Eve black tie optional Gala to usher in 2018 in OI style.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year!

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

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

Happy Holidays to All from the family of Thompson Store and Ward's Grill.
December will be a month of giving and everyone loves food, so come in and purchase 10 pounds of meat in our market and receive 10% off. You can combine sausage, bacon, steaks or deli meat. Please call ahead if you are ordering sausage, many customers like to give our "Charlie's Sausage" this time of year and we usually make it fresh daily.
Ward's Grill is serving Daily Specials which includes beverage: Coke, Coffee or Tea. Plan each day by our specials: Monday- Roast Beef Plate, Tuesday- BBQ Plate, Wednesday-Hamburger or Sausage Steak Plate, Thursday-"2" piece Fish Plate-Flounder or Tilapia and Friday: Homemade Spaghetti Plate.
On Thrifty Tuesday receive 10% off purchases of $25.00 and more in the store. We also have Gift Certificates to give to best of friends.
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.  
Now is the time of year to shop Local and support a Small Businesses.
Lola's Celebration Venue: Lola's is making reservations for the holidays, so call and set the date.  Next year will come soon and we are making reservations for 2018.  We are here to make your events special.
Check out our new updated website and tell your friends about Thompson Store, the oldest grocery in NC and Ward's Grill.
Thompson Store is open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Sunday
Ward's Grill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3pm. Closed Sunday
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here  to visit the website.  Click here for directions.  Phone is 828-749-2321. Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ  
Holidays! December brings us time with friends and family. A time for gratefulness and time for love of our family, friends and neighbors! 
 Savor our daily specials every week day! On Thursday's we are now serving Ana Garcias' Tamales. Come in and try a couple or take some home. Homemade soups and stews change daily. 
Enjoy our seasonal beer on tap and daily beer specials. Also all appetizers and small bites are $2.00 off weekdays. 
We will have special hours Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and we will be closed Christmas and New Year's Day
Happy holidays from all of us at Green River BBQ! Join us on the Patio for delicious treats, beer and corn hole!
Our Winter 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
I know it's busy--crazy busy--but take a moment and be that child (he/she is still in there somewhere) that marvels at the lights, dances to the Christmas tunes, smiles in anticipation and basks in the warmth when they give a gift straight from the heart.  Give yourself the best gift of Christmas.
Join us for our annual Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 8, 6 -8 pm.  We will not be serving pizza that night but hope to see you all as Saluda officially begins the Christmas season with food, fun and festivities.
Don't get your tinsel in a tangle over gift ideas...we have some great ones for you!  
*  The new 2018 pottery mug will arrive just in time for Christmas gifting.  
*  We have just received our new Wildflour colors, all sizes!
*  Our holiday order sheet has something for everyone...cookies, stollen, Christmas quiche and more.
*  Gift certificates are available
We invite you all to join us in Jammin' for Mary Ann
"I'm in a jam" said Mary Ann
"Dear friend, what can we do?"
 "Buy a jar of jam" she said
And you can too!
There is a jar of jam on every table at Wildflour (and at The Orchard Inn)...we encourage you to purchase a jar of jam at Meanwhile Wine Shop, next door to Wildflour, to show your support as Mary Ann wins this battle against cancer.
A loaf of bread and jar of jam says Merry Christmas to teachers, mail carriers, beauticians, car mechanics, and more.
Merry Christmas to All from the Wildflour Elves
Wildflour will close at noon on Sunday, Dec. 24 (no brunch, just pastries) and reopen on Wednesday, December 27 at 8 am.
Winter Hours 
Monday : closed 
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
December Hours:
Monday, Thursday, & Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.  Wildflour's Pizza Night!
Sunday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Wildflour's  Brunch Time!
Tuesday: CLOSED
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
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Saluda Grade Cafe  
Thank You to all our customers & friends both near and far for a great year. We love you and appreciate you!
Eve of Christmas Eve Dinner. December 23rd. We will be serving delicious items such as Baked Oysters, Fried Goat Cheese, Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Salmon and Duck to name a few. Desserts will include Chocolate Mousse w/ Crème de Menthe, Coconut Raspberry Cake, Pavlova with Lemon Curd, Fresh Fruit and Tarragon and Baked Alaska.
Friday, December 8th. Hometown Christmas. Live Music, Free Gourmet Hot Chocolate and Hand-Crafted Holiday Desserts on the stoop and warm hugs inside!
December 12th, Ladies Night at the Grade. 7:00-9:00 pm. Free Hors D'oeuvres and Sweets. Cash Bar. Make up Demos. Younique and Ashley Sigmon Make up available in time for Christmas. RSVP to Ashleigh    828-606-3302 or to Kaye Strang 828-329-8521. All Guests will be entered to receive an amazing door prize. Hey guys, call us on December 13th for great holiday gift ideas for your gal!
Music with Debbie Camacho. "The Voice of an Angel", every Wednesday at noon and 7:00 pm.
Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers play The Grade...Saturday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 9
Old Time Music. Every Friday with the Saluda Grade Band .
Gift Giving. Sometimes gift giving can be hard. Solve that problem.
Give a Saluda Grade Café Gift Card available from your server or call 828-329-5854.
Join us New Years Eve for a day of fun! 11-3, "Start the Party" Brunch will include items such as Traditional Eggs Benedict...Lobster Tail with Scrambled Eggs, Cream Cheese and Fresh Basil...Monte Cristo Sandwich with Ham, Turkey and Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Thyme Cream. A "New Porker Sandwich" of Roasted Pork, Sautéed Italian Peppers and Onions with Provolone Cheese.
New Years Eve Dinner. 5-9 pm, will include delicious items such as Beef with a Sauce Duet of Peppercorn Brandy & Port Wine Demi Glaze. Salmon Wellington with mushroom Duxelle and fresh Dill Hollandaise. Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Tail stuffed with Spinach over Lobster Bisque and Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes. Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb with Raspberry Basil Sauce.
Saluda Grade Café-Caterings and Reservations 828-749-5854. We would love to help you plan a great event and feed your people!
Saluda Whistle Stop Pizza & Wings
Thank you Saluda and visitors! We have just passed our 6 month mark and want to thank everyone for their support in our new venture to help serve the Saluda Community and visitors alike.  
As with any new business, the bumps have been regular and working through them has been trying at times.  We have expanded our menu from the grand opening menu and are continuing to add new things as we go along including new items like kosher pickle French fries, (adding this week) and fried green tomatoes (coming soon). 
Some have expressed the Pizza dough is too thick and requesting a thinner crust.  So, we are in the process of making that happen.  Perfection takes time much like getting to know the brick floor ovens we use.  
With the very prominent location of our outside dinning deck that attracts so many, we are enclosing it for the cold months so we can seat larger parties again. The deck also has a large TV outside as well as a few games to play while you enjoy a beer, watch TV and/or are waiting for your pizza.
We have now decided to take the plunge in delivery as well.  When you call for a delivery, we will map it and as long as it is within 2 miles of the shop we will deliver to you.  Please note any driveways or roads that are rough we will need you to meet the driver.  If paying by card, the payment will need to be made by phone when ordering due to the lack of reception in many areas of Saluda.  There will not be a delivery fee added so any tip you give your driver is for them (we do not tip share).  
We have been told our wings (bone in and bone out) are top shelf and have many flavors to choose from including; mild & hot buffalo (authentic made in house buffalo), honey/garlic (in house recipe) hot honey/garlic, sweet chili, Jamaican Jerk, Sweet Bourbon, Kickinyaki (2-3 level spicy out of 5, teriyaki), dry rub lemon pepper (real lemon & pepper), and ranch.  We cook our wings in a non-GMO sunflower oil. The wings are flavorful enough they are even good naked!  For those feeling more adventurous, we have off the chain hot wings too, one is called runaway (more hot than hot Buffalo) and the other is derailed (must sign a waiver) both made in house from pepper oils, and peppers we grew ourselves; tasty not just hot.
Naturally, we have other things on our menu that have become favorites too; chicken cupolas, jumbo Bavarian pretzel, bucket of balls (meat balls), salads.   
Our specialty pizzas include; Garlic Alfredo, Carolina Special, Blue Buffalo, Garlic Butter, Hawaiian, Meat & Veggie lovers as well as build your own.  Now that we have gotten to know the ovens, and dough, as well as prep time (pizzas are not premade, made to order with every order), ect., we have gotten our turn-around time down to from point of ordering to being on the table or to go to about 25 minutes. This of course means preparing the pizza, as well as being cooked on the brick floor oven.  
Our biggest request from you as our customer is to please tell us if something is not up to your expectations.  We want to make things right and cannot do that if you do not let us know.   We are here for everyone and want everyone to leave with a smile on their face and a full tummy.  
So if you like a thicker or thinner crust when ordering let us know.  If you like your wings a little wetter (our wings are not brought to you swimming in sauce, they are coated with just the right amount of sauce so as to not overwhelm the taste buds and/or be a sloppy mess), again, let us know you want them more wet.  
Our on ALL LOCAL brewery draft on tap beer selection includes a sampling from each of the groups; IPA, Amber, Wheat, Pale, Dark and we always have a Cider on tap as well.  We will be offering flights for those that want to sample each of the beers we have on tap.  And as Always a Bucket of Bud, Bud Light, or Michelob- 5 for $10.  Wine selections as well as a few other types in cans/bottles including Best Damn Rootbeer & Best Damn Creme Soda.   
These next few months of our first year are very important for our family and shop in that we will be relying on mostly local patrons like you.  So if you have not come in and given us a try we encourage you to do so.  Let us know it is your first visit too!  We appreciate each and every one of you.   
101 East Main Street Saluda NC 28773 (across from the post office)
828-388-COKE (2653)
Saluda Gem Mine Wicks & Wares
3 years ago this Little Engine that Could is chugging along.  While the small location change has been challenging it has been fun for the train enthusiasts that are now able to to tour the inside of the Caboose.   We send people to the Depot to learn more of the history of Saluda's rail history and having our little business operating in such a nostalgic piece of Saludas history is aw inspiring for us and visitors alike.  The Caboose is a 1929 Wooden Caboose with a cupola and is one of the last few intact Caboose that we want everyone to enjoy.   
Normally the Gem Mine is open through January (closed February) and will be closed soon for the season.  Should a nice weather Saturday pop up here and there we will do what we can to open the Gem Mine.   
In the mean time Melisa's hand-made soy lotion candles and soaps will be moved to the Pizza shop to be able to offer those through the winter.   
Watch for the Spring opening announcements from Saluda Gem Mine to see what will be in store for the 2018 operating season.   
105 East Main Street Saluda NC 28773 (across from the Post Office, nestled in between Saluda Whistle Stop Pizza & Wings and Green River Adventures.
Have a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year! 
Thank you, Jason & Melisa Smith & Crew at Saluda Whistle Stop Pizza & Wings and Saluda Gem Mine
Matching Grant Opportunity for Pace Park by Saluda Business Association
The Saluda Arts Festival was started in 2003 by the Saluda Business Association in response to the business community's need to boost slow spring sales and kick off the visitor season with an event that would showcase all that Saluda has to offer. That first year we hosted 18 artists. Recent years have welcomed more than 80 artists exhibiting work in all mediums. Focusing on arts, crafts, and music, it honors our history and celebrates the artistic community that continues to thrive and define our unique small city. It has operated for 14 successful festivals run by the SBA and many dedicated volunteers, and has become a spring tradition with visitors and summer home owners planning trips for the third Saturday in May.
The city has graciously granted permission and waived the vendor fees and the SBA has assumed financial management of the festival. The promotion for the event covers just about every advertising outlet possible in our region and supports every business in the city.
It is and has always been the intention of the SBA to contribute proceeds beyond what is necessary for the coming year's event to civic projects that benefit the city. In the past we have contributed to the remodeling and upkeep of restrooms in McCreery Park, provided new benches for Main Street, and helped with Christmas lighting. Proceeds have also financed the reprinting of the "100 Year Saluda History" book and the 4th grade book, "Through our Eyes". This year, the Saluda Business Association has voted to donate up to $7,000 in matching funds toward the bathroom facilities in Pace Park. With donations that can be matched with these funds, it will double the impact and hasten the completion of this project.  
If you want to be a part of this initiative and support the SBA's matching grant, then please contact Marianne Blazar at or 828-749-5471.
Submitted by the Saluda Business Association
BackhistoricHistoric Saluda

Preserving Saluda's Past for its Future
Happy Holidays from the Historic Saluda Committee. Thank you for making history with us in 2017!
NEW! Saturday Step Back in History Series
The Historic Saluda Committee is pleased to announce a new program series called Saturday Step Back in History, which will feature programs pertaining to Saluda's rich history or historic preservation. The first program will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Saluda Public Library. This program will be a time to show and tell. Ever wondered what is in our archive room? Well, we're going to show you! There's a catch though since we are asking you to join in by bringing an interesting item that you possess representing Saluda's history and then tell us what you know about it. Ideas of things to bring are documents, pictures, family heirlooms or any artifact you want to share with the group. Be sure to join us for this free and interactive program. No item to share? No worries! Just come and have fun while learning about Saluda's history. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served. Additional programs will be offered throughout 2018. Stay tuned!
Holiday Shopping? - History Makes a Great Gift!
  • 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 Heartwood Gallery, Historic Thompson's Store, Saluda City Hall, the Orchard Inn, The Dressing Room, the Saluda Historic Depot and more. All proceeds go toward future projects.
Thank You for the Donations!
A special thank you to Marilyn Prudhomme for donating two cookbooks. One will go to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's (UNCG) Rare Books in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG's Jackson Library representing Polk County and one will go in our archives.
A special thank you to Pat and Bob Ross for donating a large box of books, many once belonging to John Rhodes. Included were hymnals from the Vaughn Music Company and many other historical books, some featuring World War II. John Rhodes was a decorated WWII veteran.
Sharing Encouraged
We frequently receive donations of old photographs, historical documents or other artifacts relating to Saluda. Often folks loan them to us to scan and digitalize. This is a great way to preserve your family history or the history of the town. The Historic Saluda Committee uses archival quality materials to store donated items. Collections are often shared on Facebook and on the website. Contact us at to contribute to history!
Use Social Media to Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee uses social media. Like our Facebook page and enjoy tidbits of Saluda history every day. We will take you all the way back to the days of Pace's Gap on up to present day. Click here to go to our page. We are also on YouTube. Oral histories or other videos are uploaded often. Go here to find us. Or you may simply search for Historic Saluda NC on either social media platform. Our website is always a source of enjoyment, so visit .

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle , Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Adoption SOS
ASAP at Foothills Humane Society!
We're Doubled Up!
The countdown is on . Between now and Saturday, December 9, at least 40 cats and 20 dogs need to find homes. So many strays, rescues, and surrendered animals of various ages and breeds have
come into the shelter that they are now doubled up.
As a private, non-profit, no-kill shelter , we will not euthanize for space. Our only option is sending this SOS for you to adopt or foster ASAP.
Adopt with assurance ASAP. Your new family member comes with a neuter or spay, up-to-date shots, illnesses treated, microchip implanted, socialization and personalized matchmaking by our trained staff, follow-up advice, and the guarantee that if you don't lose your heart, your pet will be welcomed back.
Professional trainer is also available at a discount for obedience and other types of training
after you adopt.
Main Event
11 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 12/9
* BONUS goodie-bag with
first 10 adoptions on 12/9
* Onsite professional trainers
to answer questions
* Refreshments
Adopt or foster ASAP!
828-863-4444 or visit Facebook or visit
989 Little Mountain Rd., Columbus, NC.
Donations Make the Difference until They All Have a Home!
Outdoor Adventures

Cut Your Own Tree! 
We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.
Buncombe County
Gentry's Christmas Trees
- 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:  
Hope Hollow Farms
- Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.  
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County 
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513 
Wesley Creek Tree Farm
- 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.  
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees -
951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.    
Transylvania County  
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm
- 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954  
Colonial Acres Nursery
- 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email: 
Farley Nursery
- PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828 
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm
- 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951. 
McCall's Tree Farm
- 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608 
Nicholson Tree Farm
- PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570 
Parker Tree Farm
- 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712 
Raxter Tree Farm
- 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600 
Shoal Creek Tree Farms
- 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.   
Note: Farms subject to change and there is a shortage of trees this year. Please call ahead.
Tryon Garden Club
December News at Pearson's Falls
Pearson's Falls is the perfect place to get outdoors with friends and family as our warm, sunny fall and winter continues. Bring your camera and enjoy the gradual ¼ mile hike up the trail along rushing Colt's Creek to the impressive 90' waterfall. There are benches to sit and enjoy nature, picnic tables, covered shelters in case of showers, and an impressive green bathroom with composting toilets and a living roof composed of plants native to the Pearson's Falls glen.
Our hours are new in December. We will be closed on Wednesdays Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20 for fall trail maintenance and storm cleanup. We are open Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (last admittance 4 p.m.). The last week of December, we are closed on Christmas Day and open Dec 26 through Dec 31 from 10 until 5. We are closed the month of January.
There is a $5 adult/$1 children ages 6-12 admission fee to Pearson's Falls & Glen. Group tickets are available. For information, please call the Gate at 828-749-3031 or go to our web site at .
Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC, 28773. From Saluda follow 176 S down the mountain about 3 miles. Watch for signs on the right for the turn to Pearson's Falls. Take Highway 176 N from Tryon about 4 miles. Watch for signs for the turn to Pearson's Falls on your left.
Or drive down Pearson's Falls Road which begins near the bakery and garden center across from Salu da Elementary School. Follow the road down to 2748 Pearson's Falls Road.
Submitted by Lucy Brannon  
Conserving Carolina!  
Join the Conserving Carolina "Kudzu Warriors" and help restore native habitat by helping to continue the fight against Kudzu, a non-native and invasive vine, at the Conserving Carolina owned Norman Wilder Forest off of Hwy 176.
Town of Tryon Lot Workday
Every Thursday @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Join the Conserving Carolina's AmeriCorps Project Conserve Habitat Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator, Max Howes, and help restore native habitat by helping to continue the fight against Kudzu, a non-native and invasive vine, at the Town of Tryon Lot near IGA.
Adopt a Highway Clean-up/Hike up Bearwallow Mountain
December 2 @ 11 am - 1 pm
Help clean up our roadways! Volunteers will be picking up trash and recycling along our section of adopted highway on South Mills Gap. We will have a trash scavenger hunt to see who can collect everything on the list!
Optional: Reward yourself with a hike on one of our conserved properties, Bearwallow Mountain, after the clean up!  It is a two mile round trip, moderate hike.
Why Greenways?
December 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm; Etowah Library
Katie Breckheimer of the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway will give an informational talk using photos and supportive data to explain the importance of greenways in promoting economic growth, building community, protecting the environment, and cutting health care costs.  The presentation also includes maps of 3 new greenways proposed in different parts of Henderson and Transylvania Counties.
Volunteer Information Session
December 12, 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and December 21 @ 8:00am - 9:00am
Want to know more about Conserving Carolina and how you can help? Join us for a Volunteer Information Session at our Hendersonville Office, 847 Case Street. Learn more about our work and how you can make a difference.
Florence Nature Preserve Workday
December 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Help restore natural habitat and protect rare plants and wildlife by removing non-native, invasive plants and maintaining an important meadow habitat.
To learn more visit Conserving Carolina's website,, or contact Olivia at 
I Remember Saluda
By Charles O. Hearon, Jr

Hearon Stories reprinted from I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling with permission of Charles O. Hearon, III, son of author Charles O. Hearon, Jr. (aka Charlie "C. Boy").
This book is currently in print and available at the Saluda Historic Depot. 

Barber Shop
When we were little we didn't get many haircuts in Saluda.   If Mary Phifer came up to visit, she could cut it. But in life we all suddenly need things, and a hair cut is surely one of these.
Mr. Will Forrest was the barber in Saluda, and his shop was right next to where Thompson's Grocery Store is now. Will Forest had lost a leg in his lifetime, and he had what we called a peg-leg; a wooden thing that fitted on the leg at the knee, and had staves on it and a belt to hold everything together. Mr. Forrest was a nice man and he knew who we all were, and he gave haircuts that lasted a while.
He also kept up with the foot traffic on the side walk, and the main street car and carriage traffic. When a train went up or down he had to check on who was in the crew. He did his checking and observing by leaning away over on his good leg and balancing himself with his peg-leg. That in itself is scary enough, but when you know that Will Forrest's Barber Shop had wooden floors, and he, like all Saluda shop keepers, used to put kerosene oil or something on the shop floors to keep down the dust.   This made it down right reckless!
You'd be sitting there getting a haircut and Mr. Forrest with the comb and scissors in hand 'a whackin' around your ears, and all of a sudden a train would come in view, and Mr. Forrest would lean way over with that peg-leg on that oily floor, with the scissors pointing at your eyes. It was a real excitement to have Mr. Forrest cut your hair. You were so glad it was over, it just made you feel good to pay up and git' on down the street.
For many years there was a man who came on Saturday and sat in front of Mr. Forrest's Barber Shop and played mournful gospel and mountain music on his guitar, laying across his knee and him 'a pickin' with a guitar pick in his right hand and sliding his little bar with his left. People came on Saturdays and stood by the hour and listened. I never knew his name, but I see him there most every time I walk past there now.
Will Forrest lived on Louisiana Avenue, just past Bob Newman's house.
Will Forrest
W.S. Forrest was raised on a farm near Saluda. He opened a pool room and barber shop in Saluda in May, 1913 in the U.E. Staton Bldg. He was famous for his sense of humor, wooden leg, and expert barbering. (Courtesy of "Saluda 100 Years" book.)
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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. 


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

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

New on the Market     
Delight in your home, renovated, top to bottom, in 2016 by respected builder. The security of a new roof, HVAC, electric, plumbing. The pleasure of modern kitchen & baths, new appliances, beautiful floors, & craftsmanship throughout. Workshop & shed bonus. 3BR 2.5 BA, MLS#3336783 , $247,000
Enjoy historic Saluda while living just off of Main Street in this charming cottage. Main level living for you with two bedrooms and a bath upstairs. There's plenty of room on the deck to enjoy outdoor dining, watching sunsets and the fun atmosphere of Saluda with small town charm. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#3334826, $250,000.
Make this your mountain get away or permanent home in coveted Saluda where cool mountain breezes prevail & enjoy mountain views from multi-decks. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#3336342, $255,000 UNDER CONTRACT!
Enjoy this mountain contemporary home with lots of windows to let in the light and views. Set in a natural setting with wood & stone exterior, 200 flowering plants, wood burning stone fireplaces, wood beams & cathedral ceilings. Open floor plan is great for entertaining. 4BRm 4.5BA, 3.13ac, MLS#3331917, $398,000
Luxurious private mountain getaway! One owner, custom-built, sparing no expense. High ceilings, abundant windows, large outdoor decks, stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen w/ wine fridge & bar. HUGE master suite w/ fireplace, private deck, illuminated jet tub, heated tile. Land backs up to thousands of preserved acres of NC Game Lands. Hike & hunt out your back door. 3. Horse paddock w/ water supply. MLS#3327954, $350,000
This spacious 3 BR 2.5 BA home sits in the heart of Tryon on 4 beautiful wooded lots w/ a mile of hiking trails. The views from all windows & doors are spectacular(especially in the spring & fall). MLS# 3323984, $410,000
Contemporary mountain home w/ board & batten wood & stonework. Floor to ceiling stone fireplaces in spacious LR open to dining & kitchen.Full length deck on back maximizes long range viewss. MLS#3326823, $375,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Totally renovated bungalow. It looks like a Plantation House inside and like a charming bungalow on the outside with an open porch on the front and a screened porch overlooking the mountains and valley on the side.  
Separate guest house and workshop. MLS#3328005, $315,000
Cozy ranch-style lake home at pristine and coveted Lake Sheila is great for main level living.Complete finished and walkout basement.Full lake privileges to enjoy boating (non-gasoline powered), fishing, and swimming. 3BR/2BA, MLS #
3308952, $249,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
All the comforts of home will greet you when you enter this traditional style home. Floor to ceiling stone fireplace with gas logs on great room side and wood stove on kitchen side.Feel warmth and comfort from wood ceilings and beams and sunlight pouring in from south side of home. Enjoy year-long mountain panoramas from back deck and watch the sunset and sunrise. 5 acres of private land. 4BR, 2.5BA, MLS# 3303260, $379,000
Original farm house on 19+ acres with charm and character waiting for your special touches. Original brick fireplaces, heart pine floors, semi-finished attic add to the specialty of this home. Koi pond.  MLS# 3306077, $268,000 UNDER CONTRACT!
Your next energy efficient, high-quality, arts & crafts style mountain dream home is waiting for you in the established, naturally developed subdivision of Rixhaven. Enjoy simplistic qualities like all hardwood floors, high ceilings with crown moldings and tray ceilings, open floor plan with room-sized screen porch to enjoy the views and watch wildlife. House is a Duke Energy Star Rated home for energy efficiency. 600 gal cistern to catch rain water connected to outside faucets. 3BR, 2.5BA, MLS# 3313478, $390,000
Enjoy your own private dock on beautiful Lake Sheila, a private 28 acre lake offering swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating. 3BR, 4BA, MLS# 3312636, $425,000
Beautiful log home near Lake Hosea and just minutes from Saluda. Features a screened in back porch overlooking a fantastic manicured back yard with lots of beautiful trees, bushes and plants. Springtime is glorious. Home comes completely furnished and ready to move in. This is a great starter home. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#3320033, $220,000
"South View"...wake up to the sunrise over the mountains; take in the beauty of the view morning, noon, & night! Hard to find such a spectacular view so close to downtown Saluda. MLS# 3286240, $315,000

Great Options in extra large manf. home on private wooded, .89ac knoll, 2 mins. to quaint town of Saluda. MLS# 3293104, 2595 SF, 3BR, 3BA, $199,900

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

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

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

6 car garages accompany this large ranch home w/finished lower level settled on over 10 acres, within 3 mins. of quaint downtown Saluda. MLS#3287811 $399,000

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NEW on the Market!
Beautiful custom built home with rocking chair front porch, Cathedral ceiling living room w/gas fireplace, formal dining, kitchen w/breakfast area, master suite on main w/whirlpool tub, ceramic tile & walk-in closet, MLS#3287543, $324.500

Privately s ituated on an acre with fruit trees, mature plantings, brick home wit h 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, $240,000
Lakefront traditional home with many windows for viewing the lake just steps from the house. Special features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, office, sunroom, large master suite. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS# 3280597, $369,900
Enjoy views of long range vistas in A-frame built to take advantage of views.Finished basement Full privileges to enjoy coveted Lake Sheila for swimming, fishing, and boating (non-motorized). 3BR/3BA MLS#3308255, $385,000
  You won't believe this historic-looking home isn't an immaculately preserved hand hewn log cabin! Get the best of both worlds w/ a newer home, built in 1999 by Don Mintz Builders, w/ historic charm & fantastic location. 2BR/2BA MLS#3311542, $242,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Private mountain cabin with year round views that extend for 60 miles. Perfectly situated on 1.78 acres Open floor plan for the main living area is ideal for family and entertaining, leaving the second half of the home open for sleeping quarters. MLS#3312002, $188,000

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Can't find that perfect home?  Then just build it!
Great time to invest in lots and land!   
  Lake Lots
NEW! 6.40 ac. Lake Sheila, Water tap, septic, MLS# 3296972, $183,500
1.01 ac on Lake Adger, MLS# 3246170 , $85,000
.89 ac view lot at Lake Sheila, MLS#3254020, $82,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $39,000 MLS# 3284251
1.05 ac, Macedonia Lake, MLS# 3175119 , $75,000
Saluda City Lots
NEW! .59 ac, MLS#3326462, $40,000
NEW! 3 ac, MLS# 3305104, $79,900
.87 ac historic Columbia Heights area, MLS# 3273411, $109,000
.96 ac, Ozone Commercial, MLS#3213577, $125,000
.46 ac, MLS# 3151228 , $68,500
Piney Mountain
2.33 ac, MLS# 3174376 , $52,800
2.48 ac, MLS# 3237409 , $28.000
15.66 ac, MLS# 3237521 , 199,900

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

1.65 Ac views, adj. NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643  
 View Lots
NEW! 5.21 ac Miller Mountain, MLS3326675, $60,000
NEW! 3.01 ac Miller Mountain, MLS#3326660 $40,000,
NEW! 2.59ac Mountain Vista, MLS#3323671, $49,000
NEW! 2.68ac Ocean View, MLS# 3311355, $45,000
5 ac, View, MLS # 3123117 $59,500
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS# 3133490 , $65,000
1.07 ac Mountain Vista, MLS# 3283946 $39,000
River Lots
5.39 ac on Green River, MLS# 3193798 , 205,000
NEW! 6.56 ac. Unrestricted, creek, well, septic- MLS# 3306473, $59,000
NEW! 6.85 ac Rixhaven, MLS#3305979, $65,000
NEW! 2.30 ac Rixhaven, MLS# 3306477, $29,000
NEW! 2.97 ac, MLS#3310586, septic & well installed, $45,000
1.12 ac, Glen Echo, MLS# 3308001, $25,000
1.33 ac Morgan Creek, MLS# 3284644 , $49,900
2.08 ac in Whites Lake, creek, MLS# 3273455, $55,000
1.03 acres, just outside city limits, MLS# 3244790 , $55,000
4 ac, MLS# 3168763 , $38,000
1.76 ac, MLS# 3199724 , $36,500
1.66 ac, Whites Lake, MLS# 3231014 , $32,000
5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
13+ ac Bear Creek, $126,000, MLS# 3219620
6.87 ac 1/2 mile from Ozone off Howard Gap w/ well and septic, along with a 5th wheel travel trailer. MLS#3294633, $120,000
Large Unrestricted Acreage
NEW! 25+ ac, Fork Creek, $148,000, MLS# 3276992
41.74 ac Red Horse Lane off Mtn. Page Rd. $329,900, MLS#3260512
37+ ac, MLS# 3225752 , $278,100
30+ ac, MLS# 3225718 , 226,500
38.01 ac, MLS# 3193033 , 186,000
13.63 ac, MLS# 3219620 , 126,000
10.50 ac, MLS# 3228565 , 109,000
10 Acres, MLS # 3148496 , $125,000
21.4 ac, MLS# 3148326
m $122,000
38.5 1  ac, MLS#3331555,160,000 
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