Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  August 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
Saluda School Reunion
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
Saluda Historic Depot News
Annual Golf Tournament
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club
Thursday Golf
Health & Wellness
Saluda Library
Through Our Eyes
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Calendar
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Summer Tracks
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Scoop
Historic Home Tour
Outdoor Adventures
Saluda Faces
Oral Interview
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 July 31, 2017). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017       48          11                               

Homes 2016       41            0       


Land 2017            9            6   

Land 2016            8            0  


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

Click here to see a 2017 2nd Qtr Report of Western NC by Beverly-Hanks. 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


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

This issue of Saluda Lifestyles is dedicated to the memory of
Charlie Ward .
July 1, 1920-
August 1, 2008
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 School Reunion at The Party Place & Event Center, August 18 at 6pm.

Saluda Business Association
regular monthly meeting August 1 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. August 2. 

Saluda Tailgate Market, 2017 Season open Friday,  4:30 to 6:30. 
The Historic Saluda Committee meets August 11 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Sing! With The Saluda Community Singers,
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church, 396 Irvin Street.  
Women's Club will meet August 8 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church. 
Saluda Train Tales , August 18 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club will meet on August 21, 9:30am at Saluda Library parking lot. 
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, August 28 at 6pm.
Saluda Welcome Table at the Saluda Methodist Church every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Everyone is welcome.
Brown Bag- Available, August 18, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church and the Saluda Fire Department. Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.
Saluda School Reunion
Friday, August 18, 2017
reunion If you were ever a Saluda School Student or Teacher, you are invited along with your spouses and guests of alumni. Door Prizes!
Time: Social hour begins @ 6:00
Place: The Party Place and Event Center, Saluda, N.C.
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
September 9, 2017
The Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at McCreery Park in downtown Saluda.

To honor Charlie, once again, the free meal of barbecue, beans, slaw, drinks, and desserts will be served to the sound of Mountain Roots Band with Jeff Hayes who, by the way, will perform on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage at the Top of The Grade park. Be sure to bring a chair to sit in the park and enjoy the music after eating your barbecue.
Generous donations in the past have allowed everyone to be invited to the Pig Out at no charge.  Your help is still needed!  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Saluda Pig Out and take it to Entegra Bank at 108 Main Street in Saluda or to Judy Ward at Thompson's Store, or mail it to Saluda Pig Out, P. O. Box 265, Saluda NC 28773.  You may also make a donation as you enjoy your meal at the Pig Out!
Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to another great Pig Out on September 12!
Pets are not allowed in the Pavilion area. This is a rain or shine event! Don't forget to bring a dessert.
Charlie Ward, the "Man of Saluda" 
August 1, 2008 we lost the "Man of Saluda", Charlie Ward. He did not get to say good bye but he said hello to All. He never met a stranger and he welcomed everyone to Saluda. Many have said they decided to come to Saluda after they first met him, and they knew this was the place for them. This is why many of our hearts and lives are a part of Saluda, and we are so blessed to have known him and are now living in this great community.
At the Charlie Ward's Memorial Pig Out September 9, we invite you to come and share your memories of Charlie and tell stories so that new citizens to Saluda will know more about this special person that they missed meeting. We are still collecting stories about Charlie to someday publish a book about the "Man we Love." Stories can be dropped off at Thompson's Store.

 --Judy Ward
Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Open Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4pm. 
Check out current exhibits and events at .
Admission is always free and voluntary donations are appreciated.  Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal at
Annual Membership Campaign Launched
Thanks to all of you who have already purchased your annual membership to the Depot. We are up to more than 293 + memberships sold!  
The Saluda Historic Depot launched an annual membership drive. Individual memberships are $25 and include a 10% discount on non-consigned items, souvenirs, T-shirts, books, posters, and other gift items. This is an opportunity for all Saludians to fulfill the vision for Saluda's landmark treasure.
Please send your $25 membership to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "2017 Membership." You can also purchase online at .
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.

Retail Space Available at Saluda Historic Depot
Approx. 500SF available, $550/month plus utilities. Prime location on historic Main St. Call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958.

Saluda Train Tales & Videos
The Saluda Historic Depot board is grateful to Bob Keeton who donates his time, equipment, and expertise to provide a sound system and video Saluda Train Tales each month.  Bob also, has created videos to highlight the Saluda Grade story. Here's a link to two recent videos and more can be seen at

Video Links
Saluda Train Tales with Mile Lassiter and Scott Galloway introducing the documentary, Our Vanishing Americana."
Our Vanishing Americana 
Our Vanishing Americana
     Saluda Historic Depot Calendar  
August 18 - Saluda Train Tales Raymond "Bo" Brown, SR Collector and Writer
September 15 - Saluda Train Tales Local Month,  Come tell your story! 
October 9 - Annual Golf Tournament  
October 20 - Saluda Train Tales Ray Rapp, curator of How the West Was Won: Transformation of NC from Mars Hill University
November 17 -Saluda Train Tales by Granddaughters of Mr. Patterson, Engineer of Helper Train
December 15 - Saluda Train Tales Movie Night
Donations and memberships to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2017 will enable us to receive matching grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation. 

Saluda Historic Depot is a 501(c)3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible.
Saluda Historic Depot Annual Golf Tournament
Golf Tournament:  October 9, 2017
Sponsorship Deadline:  August 15, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 18, 2017 

After a successful first golf tournament yielding a substantial profit for the 501(c)3 non-profit last October, the Saluda Historic Depot plans to make another "hole-in-one" with its second annual golf tournament to be held at Bright's Creek as a fun fundraiser for the Depot. Golfers at any level will love just being on the breath-taking course that flows naturally with the lay of the land amid mountain vistas all around on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Deadline for sponsorships is August 15, 2017, and for golf registration, the deadline is September 18, 2017. Organizers are excited about the tremendous response to this fundraiser to support the Saluda Historic Depot & Museum.  
Not only will you enjoy playing on one of the "Top Residential Courses" in the US, you will have fun competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes plus "closest to the pin," "fewest putts," and "longest drive" for both men and women. There will also be two special "Hole-In-One" opportunities to win a new car, courtesy of Bryan Easler Toyota and $10,000 cash, courtesy of Mike Gilliam Agency, Nationwide Insurance in Hendersonville.
If you are looking for an opportunity to support the depot and promote your business, there are several sponsor level options from which to choose. To learn more about these, please visit and click on "Events."
Registration is easy by visiting and clicking under Events. You can download the entry application and print the form and send to
or fax to 828-749-3490.  You may also download Registration and   see Sponsorship levels here.
CityCity Notes

In June, The City of Saluda approved a bid to pour the slab for the Public Restrooms at Pace Park! Let's get it done! 
More engraved bricks are needed to lead up to the new facility and help with the cost of construction 
Place your brick order to give thanks, memorialize a loved one, or put your company name on a brick to show your support.
Bricks are only $40, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line. Forms can be obtained from City Hall or by requested from Catherine Ross . Click here to download a form.
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms.

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

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

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

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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 August calendar. For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 
Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Aug. 3 at 2pm to discuss, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Hope to see you there.
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times-the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., Aug. 10 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 749-3335 for more information.
Community potluck and bingo will be Mon., Aug. 28 at 6pm. Bring a dish to share with others.

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

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

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

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.
Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.
If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.   
Saluda Community Land Trust
Open Swim Every Wednesday in August
Twin Lakes will sponsor Wednesdays that are open to the public. Come picnic, hike, splash, swim and enjoy this great community resource. A volunteer will greet you and answer any questions. Be aware there is no life guard on duty and all swim at their own risk. Adults must remain with their children. Hours are from 11-4 each Wednesday for the month of August. Donations toward the up keep of Twin Lakes are greatly appreciated.
Walks in the Woods
August 6 - Saluda Mountain Passage
This is a moderate 3.5 mile, 2-3 hour hike with a drop-off on Heatherly Heights Road and pick up at Talisman Camp on NC 25. Map available at .
August 20 - Grandma's Mountain
This is an easy to moderate hike of 1-2 hours on private land protected by a conservation easement held by the Saluda Community Land Trust. It's a hike suitable for grandmas and grandchildren.

September 3 - Twin Lakes
This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 - 4:00. Swimming and hiking. Bring your own picnic. Enjoy a guided walk on the trails of Twin Lakes, one which leads to a meditation platform. Leave Fido at home, please. The Walk will take place at 2:15pm at Twin Lakes, 255 Linda Lane.
Walkers meet 2pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk.
Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack.  Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide.  Many of these hikes will access private property.
For more information click here or contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or .
Kudzu and Other Invasives
We at SCLT are still working on removing kudzu. Our prime site is Judd's Peak Lookout. We are slowly working our way down the hill. The area where we cleared the kudzu has become a milkweed garden.  When the kudzu is removed many native plants spring up.
In the past we have sprayed this area with kudzu specific herbicide and now we are removing the crown from the root of the plant.  This can be done anytime of the year. If you are interested in learning to decrown or just want to help us, please call the office and we will get back to you.
Weather permitting work days will be 8am the first and third Thursdays of the month. In August we will meet the 3rd and the 17th.
Moody Property
There are no volunteer work days August. Stay tuned for information about September's work days. If you have time to offer other than these dates, please call John Savage, 828-749-3906.
Twin Lakes Reservations
Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak still have dates available for reservations in August and into the Fall. It is a splendid backdrop for weddings, birthday parties and family reunions.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month August 2 at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.
Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to . We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Saluda Tailgate Market
May- October Fridays, 4:30-6 :30

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

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21 at Saluda Library parking lot to car pool to Avery Nursery in Columbus where Jay Hardin will speak about landscaping and winterizing your garden. This should be a great event for members and guest who are just starting a landscape project or for those who need a tune up. New ideas and an opportunity for questions are always dear to those of us who like to dig and plant!

Please note some events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather or at the request of the presenter. To confirm a meeting, please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530. We always welcome new members; so if you would like to become part of this friendly, spirited and interesting group, please contact Karen. Dues are only $25 per year and meetings are held once a month.  Hope to see you in August! 
Women's Club
The next meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will take place August 8 at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  Light refreshments will be served and an interesting and informative program will be presented. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Although the chief function of this 100+ year old club is to improve our community and provide scholarships for worthy Saluda students, the club also provides opportunities for fun and friendship.  Visitors are welcome.
As always, visitors are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Marlin Beckham at 828-808-2439.
Thursday Golf
Golfers of all abilities are invited to join the regular Saluda Golfers' group. We leave from the Presbyterian Church Parking lot on Thursday's. Time varies depending on the weather. For more information, please contact Bruce Hunt at 828-708-7380.
Health and Wellness

Special for August!!!
One 1-hour massage and all you can enjoy yoga for 30 days $100.
Soulshine offers our community classes where each person can embark on their own personal journey of strength and flexibility, peace and love.  Please join us as we grow together, weaving a community of loving support and healthy living!
Monday     8:15 a.m.  Core/flow
Tuesday    9:30 a.m.  Foundational Yoga,
                 6pm Gentle Yin Yoga
Friday       8:15  a.m.  Core/flow

Please visit for more information on classes and massage or call Dori Ray, LMBT, NC 8190 at 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.
Soulshine welcomes all levels of yoga experience.  All classes are adaptable to your ability.

Conveniently located at 64 Greenville Street on the lower level.

At Saluda Center
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT
Gentle Yin Yoga 
Wednesday 12:30pm
Friday         9:30am
Classes are held in the studio downstairs at the Saluda Center. Mats and props are available. Please come at least 5 minutes early. Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (864) 326-8923 .  

AIKIDO   合気道  
Aikido (the art of peace or the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength, kicking or punching. Instead, we use flowing circular movements which enable the defender to off-balance and neutralize an attack with minimal effort or bodily harm to the defender or the attacker.
Mondays and Wednesday 6:00 PM downstairs at the Saluda Center.
Contact Ken Gardner (864)275-4441, Danny Beck (843)697-0047 or Cassandra (828)749-3794 for any questions you may have.

Click here for directions to the Saluda Center. 64 Greenville, St.    
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library
Teen SRP: Bristle Bot Olympics & Art
08/07/2017, 2:00 PM
Make your own robot out of a toothbrush! Your robot will then compete in various activities and create art.
Adult: Bullet Journaling
08/14/2017, 2:00 PM
Learn the language of rapid logging (topics, short sentences, bullets, and art) at Bullet Journaling this summer.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Through Our Eyes
As Seen Through Saluda School Kids
We hope you enjoy this new series of stories written by Saluda School students.
I am a first grade artist.  I love art!  My name is Julianna.
The kids in my class created a Cardinal Collage.
Cardinals are one of North Carolina's state symbols.
Ms. McRostie read us a book called Snowflake Bentley.  He was a scientist and discovered that all snowflakes are unique.  He took photos of snowflakes with a special camera.  We learned that they have six sides/points and are made of frozen water vapor that falls from very cold clouds.
Then we painted snowflakes all over our blue background paper.
Our red Cardinal had wings that we traced using our hands and fingers.  This pretty bird has a real red tail feather.  He looks like he is flying in the night.  
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
The start of the school year is upon us, and we are excited about the possibilities of the 2017-2018 academic year. The staff and I have been in workshops this summer and have planned a year of high academic and social growth for every child. We welcome your visit to the school!  
Here's the Scoop for August:
August 24: "Meet the Teachers" --3:00-5:00pm
August 28:  First Day for Students -- 8:10am -3:10pm
Children may be dropped off in the morning after 7:45am.
Breakfast is between 7:45 and 8am and is FREE for all students. Lunch is free for every child again this year as well.
Call 828-749-5571 to register new students for the 2017-2018 school year.
The school supply list is under "Parent Information" on the left side of the school website: 
Visit our school website at: 
Cari Maneen, Principal
Located at 214 East Main St., Saluda, NC 28773
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 Crowe
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

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

Retail Space Available at Saluda Historic Depot
Approx 500SF available, $550/month plus utilities. Prime location on historic Main St. Call Judy Ward at 828-674-5958.

For Rent
Pine Cone Cottage Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage just 2 blocks from downtown, yet on a quiet location. Call Clara Carter- 828-749-5366

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

Experienced Cleaning!
Have openings for "once a month" cleanings. Will consider other types of cleaning jobs as well. Moving jobs, Holiday cleanings, "Spring" cleanings!  Deep, detailed cleanings. Will also do "post construction" jobs.  Call for an appointment to give an estimate. I charge by the job, not by the hour.  Kathie Mobley 828-674-6108.

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

Dan the Computer Tamer
What Is Your Biggest Technology Frustration? Let Dan the Computer Tamer help! Coaching on computers and smart devices. Home networking. Repairs, upgrades and customizations. Affordable service in your home in Saluda and surrounding areas. Daniel Schmitt, 336-565-6336
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (864)326-8923.
House Sitting & Animal Care
Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (864)326-8923 .
Healing Massage
Give a gift to yourself or another with a soulful, healing massage!  Soulshine Yoga and Massage offers skilled and therapeutic massage right downtown! Licensed massage and bodywork specialist and yoga instructor, Dori Ray, is glad to be serving our Saluda community!  Call to schedule a massage 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.
Annual Calendar
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (June 9, July 14, August 11, September 2) 7pm 
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4. July 8, 2017 
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September NOVEMBER
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Small Business Saturday - Saturday after Thanksgiving
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music, 2nd Friday in December
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

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


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


All Eyes Looking Up 
Saludians are getting ready to celebrate a Total Eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017.
Although Saluda is not in a direct path, it's within 30 miles and Saluda will experience a partial eclipse. Traveling down Hwy 25 toward Traveler's Rest, SC will get you closer to a view of a total eclipse.
Other options are Dupont Forest, Pisgah Forest, and Brevard.
Checkout NASA's interactive map to see viewing areas in other towns.
Here are websites to visit for accommodations in Saluda if you plan on making a trip to Western NC to catch this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Saluda Lodging on VRBO

Time Chart of Eclipse:
Lat. : 35.1904° N
Long.: 82.3751° W
Partial Solar Eclipse Magnitude: 0.998
Obscuration: 99.91%
Event                      Time (EDT)
Start of partial eclipse 1:08:58.3                   
Maximum eclipse        2:38:39.9                    
End of partial eclipse   3:02:21.2         
Traveler's Rest
Lat. : 34.9569° N
Long.: 82.4167° W
Total Solar Eclipse
Duration of Totality: 1m49.5s
Magnitude: 1.004
Obscuration: 100.00%
Event                       Time (EDT)
Start of partial eclipse 1:09:05.5          
Start of total eclipse    2:38:01.2               
Maximum eclipse        2:38:56.0               
End of total eclipse      2:39:50.7               
End of partial eclipse   3:02:42.9         
Pick up your ISO Certified Eclipse Glasses at the Saluda Historic Depot! Limited Supply Available! $2 each.
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion 

Monday - Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday Brunch
11:00 - 3:00
Live Music Calendar
August 3 - Nikki Talley 
One of WNC's finest singer/songwriters returns and we feel lucky to get her.
This creative and talented trio also features Aaron Price on keyboards.
August 10 - Jacob Johnson  
An amazingly talented guitarist and songwriter from South Carolina.
August 12 - The Secret Band  
Soulful rock and roll from Spartanburg.
August 17 - Darlyne Cain  
This multi-talented singer/musician has appeared here many times and knows how to make an audience happy.
What Americana music has always strived to be.
August 24 - Wayne Banks Trio  
Here to perform jazz standards and the Great American Songbook.
August 26 - Garry Segal  
If you like the blues, you need to be here.

August 31 - Andrew Breeden
Andrew is one of us. Not only does he regularly wait tables at the café and often handles sound for other performers, he is extremely talented in his own right and is making his debut. We are excited.
Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook
Music on Friday Nights
Saluda Grade Band puts on a grand musical show! Ole Time Music at its finest! The players may swap around but all are super talented and amazing!!
Wednesdays at High Noon....Debbie Camacho "The Voice of an Angel
" sings and plays acoustic guitar.  
Tuesday 5-9,
Wednesday - Saturday 11-3 Lunch, 5-9 Dinner
Sunday 11-7  

Visit us on the web at or on Facebook .
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at .  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
Green River BBQ Summer Concert Series
August 6-Beyond Blue
August 13-Typical Mountain Boys
August 20- Leftys
August 27- The Note Ropers
Our Summer Hours:
Sunday & Monday, 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 or visit them at Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons!  
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West.

Top of the Grade Concerts are held on the Ella Grace Mintz Stage from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park.
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coolers are allowed. Saluda's delicious restaurants will be open, serving everything from hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet meals. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.
Headliners are:
August 11 - Casual Zealots
September 1 - Super 60's 
Concerts are funded through sponsorships by Saluda businesses. If you would like to be a $100 sponsor to support these outdoor concerts, please contact Judy Ward at or 828-674-5958.
Thanks to these Sponsors: Thompson's Store, Purple Onion, Heartwood, Wildflour Bakery, Orchard Inn, Green River BBQ, The Gorge Zipline/Green River Adventures, Beverly-Hanks. Don Mintz Builders, The Oaks B&B, Botes & Stuff, Mountain Life Realty, Saluda Outfitters, Reaben Oil
Casual Zealots
at Top of the Grade
August 11, 2017 at 7pm
The Casual Zealots is a four person band from the Tryon area.
These friends collaborate in various musical projects, and specialize in playing classic R&B, blues, jazz and rock and roll.
The name is not an accident. These four approach music and its many charms and mysteries with divine intensity.

Dancer's Extension dancersextension
A Special Thanks...
Sonya, Henry and Clara Monts would like to thank the Saluda Welcome Table and everyone who either joined us for the pizza dinner, or donated, or both.   W ell over $2000 was raised in Thomas' memory to go directly to The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Bar Harbor, Maine, specifically for cancer research. Thomas died in October 2016 from lung cancer. The connection to The Jackson Laboratory is that Thomas' wife, Sonya, was a Summer Student at JAX in 1993. Thomas and Sonya have continued to support The Jackson Laboratory throug hout the years for the amazing research they accomplish in fighting numerous diseases, including cancer. Thomas always prayed that one day scientists will find the cure for cancer so that others would not have to endure the pain and devastation of this disease. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. The hope for the cure for cancer begins at JAX. We thank you for your support, your prayers, your donations, and your hope for a cure.
And now for The Dancer's Extension ...
Registration is open for the 2017-2018 academic year!  We offer professional instruction in pre-ballet, creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary for ages three (potty trained) through high school seniors.  Join us for our Open House on Tuesday, August 29 from 3-6PM at The Dancer's Extension.  Meet your teacher, try out our barres and sprung floor, and register for classes.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 5 for our EIGHTH dance season!  Don't miss out on the fun and creativity.  Call the studio or visit our website for more information.

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 

Chad Blotner Photography & Gallery Open House
Saturday August 19 From 5-9pm at 78 E Main St Saluda, NC.
Free Snacks and Beverages! Register to win a free set of coasters!
All pictures over $50 will be 10% -20% off!

"He saw an animal that liked to growl
Big furry paws and he liked to howl
Great big furry back and furry hair
Ah, think I'll call him a bear" - Bob Dylan
 "Man Gave Names to all the Animals , " an exhibit and sale of twenty six animal sculptures will run August 5 through 31 at The Pottery in historic downtown Saluda.
Fro m Aardvark to Zoorila , the exhibit showcases a host of wild animals and the sometimes unusual names man gave them. Since the dawn of time man has exercised his dominance over the beasts, giving each their own purpose that suited him, resulting in a myriad of relationships with animals. Some were chosen to be companions, some to be a hat or coat and some for dinner.
Each piece in the exhibit requires the animal's lot in life to be a planter.  In consideration of our complex relationship with, and stewardship for, other living things , a portion of the proceeds from the sculpture sale will go to t he Polk C ounty Humane Society for their work in animal rescue and adoption services.
The opening reception is August 5 from 4-7 pm.  Animal crackers will be served.
The Pottery
50 East main Street
Saluda, NC  28773
Phone: (828)  713-5719

Jim Carson, AIS
Saluda artist had his painting, "The Cottage Next to the Playhouse", accepted to the American Impressionist Society 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition, held at Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, in Park City, Utah, Sept. 28- Oct 29.
1.430 paintings were submitted to the AIS show and 175 were accepted. Jim was awarded AIS Signature Membership in 2015.
The American Impressionist Society defines American Impressionism as the concern for light on form, color, and brushstroke. It allows equal latitude between these attributes, and recognizes not a single definitive element, but several factors, including high key light and hue, visual breakdown of detail, concern for contemporary life, and cultivation of direct and spontaneous approaches to a subject.
Jim's August Saluda workshop is full. His next workshop is titled "Plein Air/Painting the Fall from Life ", Oct. 19-21.
For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at , email or call 828-749-3702.  

William Jameson New Workshops

"Exploring Light" August 17-19, 2017
Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC
Light is perhaps the most important natural element for our daily existence. Through painting, we will explore the effects of both warm and cool light as well as dramatic and subtle light, learning to look for and paint reflected light. We will work from both photographic reference and from life. This workshop will include demonstrations, critiques, and one to one instruction in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Registration is through Liz Smith at 864-276-1287.
For more information, please email or visit Bill can also be reached at 828-749-3101.
Summer Tracks Concerts Roger Park

Saluda Train Tales
How "The Southern" Served the South
August 18, 2017
Bo Brown from Spartanburg, SC will look at the history of railroad Dining Cars followed by a brief history of Southern Railway at Saluda Train Tales at the Saluda Historic Depot.  This will be followed by an in depth look at the history of Southern Railway Dining Car Service which will explore all aspects of service including, china patterns, silver hollowware, silver flatware, linens, menus, all things used in the dining car during their 84 years of Southern Railway passenger car service. 
Almost as long as he can remember, Bo Brown has been a railroad collector. This actually began at the age of 12 at his Grandfather's house in Spartanburg, SC. Bo's grandfather worked for Southern Railway as "Storekeeper" at the Hayne Car Shop, and that's where he spent almost every summer vacation. 
As he grew older, that passion only increased and now at 58 years old the love of railroad collecting has not diminished but has only grown. His collection started with a silver thermos, a lantern and a long neck oiler that his Grandfather gave him while they were cleaning out the "little" garage outback their home.
As far as railroad antiques go, he loves bells, whistles, lanterns, locks, china, silver, lamps, dining car tables and chairs, hats, badges, heavy signs, ticket cabinets, motorcars... you get the idea, he loves it all. You will see some of this collection at Saluda Train Tales on August 18, 2017.
Bo's day job (and sometimes day and night) is a funeral director and embalmer.  Along with his wife, Brynda, they own The Howze Mortuary in Travelers Rest, SC. Thankfully, she understands Bo's passion for collecting and encourages him along. The bug has bitten her, too, and she collects Atlantic Coast Line "Flora of the South" china and railroad uniform buttons. To date she has right at 600 sets.
Bo hopes to someday open a Southern Railway Museum so that his collection can stay together for others to enjoy.
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community in the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Doors open at 6:30. Presentation is 7pm to 8:30pm. The events are free and voluntary donations are appreciated.
Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.   
To check business open hours or updates to schedules, please visit and click on business website or Saluda, NC Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda
Have the neighbors dumped more Zucchini on your porch? This is the time of year when many of us are trying to get rid of extra Zucchini!  We have a simple, quick recipe that might help take care of some of those Zucchini!

Stir Fry Zucchini:  Rinse zucchini, pat dry, cut in bite size pieces. We leave the skin on. Heat Wok or skillet very hot.  Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to Wok.  Toss in zucchini and stir around till heated through but still firm and crunchy.  Add a bit of garlic if you like.  When almost done, toss in 1 Tablespoon soy sauce.  Add a bit of hot sauce if you like. Serve over rice or eat as a side dish.  
If you need zucchini or other summer produce, remember the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday afternoons (4:30-6:30).  Also, check out our sister-store: Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Local Market (next door to Wildflour Bake Shop) for local fruits and vegetables.  Take a look at the fruit and vegetable displays along Main Street, too for fresh summer produce!  
Have a great summer!  Remember to check on neighbors especially those elderly friends who might not have air conditioning.  Shop Locally and support local businesses to help keep our community thriving.     
New Bicycle Shop Opens
Adventure Cycles in full swing on the lower level of Blue Firefly! For more infor mation call 828-817-1892 #localbikeshop #blueridgemountains #saludanc

Vogue Salon
Come celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Vogue Salon! All women's cuts are $20, all men's cuts are $10 and ALL color services are HALF OFF!!! Don't miss this incredible sale that runs through the month of August.

Please feel free to contact me via email ( ), Facebook or by phone at 828-424-8863 for an appointment. 31 Pearson's Falls Rd, Saluda, NC.

Random Arts
Random Arts & Apparel is conveniently located SOMS (Slightly Off Main Street) at the corner of Ozone & Louisiana. As we prepare for new fall clothing to arrive, our summer clo thing items are now 50-75% off regular prices. You'll find great bargains on pants, tops, skirts, tie dye, scarves, dresses & more. Hurry while supply lasts.
Creative workshops this month Industrial Chic jewelry creation, as well as basic jewelry skills, Fabric Collage, Spirit House Assemblage and beginning books.
Stop by and see samples of upcoming workshop projects and see all that's new here.
Meet the team that includes Jane, Joyce, Dee, D.J. and Abbie.
Open Tues. - Sat. 10am till 5pm
Phone: 828-749-1165
Located at 
481 Louisiana Ave
Saluda, NC 28773
Saluda Outfitters Sales an d New Arrivals
There are some great deals this month at Saluda Outfitters with new merchandise arriving almost daily. We are excited to have our new line of Werner Paddles. We now stock the translucent red, the Topo-Eagle Falls: Green HD graphic and the amber colored Sherpa.
You will not want to miss this special deal on floating sunglasses from Unsinkable Polarized. Get a free and awesome Unsinkable Polarized hat with each purchase of sunglasses. Unsinkable offers a lifetime and loss warranty on their glasses, even if they float away! You cannot go wrong with this deal. And while here, pick up a pair of polarized mini-shades for your little one.
While you are gearing up for your next outdoor adventure, check out our other great deals. We have a new line of T-shirts, hats and stickers from "Vacation for Life," as well as the children's "Breakfast of Champions" tees featuring fire-roasted marshmallow s'mores. For those who loves stickers and magnets-we've got them. A great selection just arrived including our own Saluda Outfitters collectibles.
August music calendar : Severe weather caused cancellation of our Keen Pint Night but we will be rescheduling that event in the future so stay tuned. 4-7pm
  • August 5, the local duo of Johnny Blackwell and Austin Williams
  • August 12, the popular Indie Folk of Padenrich Station with Marie Diffee Wright and Jamie Hill
  • August 19, the Josh Jordan Band from Greer, S.C., will return with some great country and southern rock
  • August 26, the music of Orion Faruque and friends
Saluda Outfitters also offers:
  • Convenient seven days a week hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. close on Friday/Saturday)
  • A hiking trail that connects to Main Street for the convenience of downtown walkers
  • A line of craft beers, wine, and organic snacks
  • Locally manufactured Bellyak boards and Hala standup paddle boards for sale
  • H2O Dreams paddling school with certified whitewater instructors available in house
The store is housed at 435 Main Street in a beautiful log cabin on top of the hill overlooking the intersection of Ozone Drive and Highway 176, just turn up Shand Street.
For more information about Saluda Outfitters, call the store at (828) 848-4060 or visit us on Facebook or at or drop by daily between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Although we are in the heat of the summer, I am starting to receive this year's Fall Fashion.  Made in the USA products are arriving way ahead of the season.

Come in and take advantage of the great sale on summ
er clothing and purses.   

As al
ways, thanks for shopping local!

  Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555 

August is Lace Month at Kniticality.
Here is our August Schedule.
  • Workshop: Survey of European Lace: Aug 19 1030-4p
  • Workshop: Lace votives: 1030-4p
  • Workshops include lunch.
  • Potluck August 17 530-830 Theme; Fun with food
  • Chart reading basics: Free Class offered 2 times Aug 15 and Aug 28 come to one or both.
  • Cornelia Mae's Knitted Veil: 6 Fridays starting Aug 4 4-6p
  • Willliwaw Lace Sweater: Alternate Wednesdays beginning Aug 2, 1-3p
  • Sit-n-stit/Open stitch: Tues and Sat 10-12, Thurs 1-3, but really folks are welcome anytime.

55 Robin Lane, Saluda, NC 28773.  
Call (828)749-3640 or visit us online at for more information!
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Fall is beginning to arrive at Sassafras!  Come in and check out our new Fall offerings.  We also have our Summer Sale going on now, with discounts of up to 40% off of their original prices. If you haven't tried on a pair of Lysse Boyfriend jeans yet, give yourself a treat, as these are some of the most comfortable pants I have worn.  They don't slip down or bag out, even after 3 consecutive days of wear!  And, they are very slenderizing too!  New Fall colors that we will be carrying in addition to Mid Wash and Mineral Wash, are Black and Indigo.
It's been a great summer for us, and we hope for you too!  We Thank You for your continued patronage and feedback!  We look forward to seeing you soon!  
We are open 6 days each week.  Monday thru Friday, 11:00am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.  
Stay up to date with what's happening at Sassafras by checking out our Facebook page.
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

Wow!  Summer has brought back so many wonderful customers.  We are still marking down merchandise as building is for sale though I get to stay through November.  So much merchandise packed into a small space, we are now 50 % consignment so a broad range of items, lots of antique glassware as well as mid century modern furniture and accessories.  Really nice wine glass sets and bar ware and fun vintage and everyday unusual kitchen items.  Books are half price and have loaded several baskets full of dollar items just to move out some smalls which are great bargains.  Gently worn consigned clothes are also marked down, mostly cotton, linen and classic.  We also have hats and baskets to beat the heat and head to the tailgate market.  And, as always, Miss Sheila needs to have a kid's section.   Midday hours, Monday through Thursday, longer hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 - 3/4 ish.  Thanks for your support.  Shopping small town and local always a great idea!
Trying to keep somewhat regular hours, but you can call for a casual appointment, or to see about consigning, 828-606-1748 (Sheila).
Located at 160 Highway 176 across from Green River BBQ.
Less than a mile from downtown Saluda yet 500 feet higher, you can feel the air turn cooler as you ascend our hydrangea & azalea lined driveway and approach our lovely romantic Inn. Summer on our private hilltop is a glorious mix of multi-colored flowers and lush green foliage during the day and a cacophony of a million Kadydids at night. The Orchard Inn awaits your visit for a relaxing stay at the Inn or a sumptuous meal at Newman's Restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm. All are welcome at our little piece of 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 June, we're celebrating the many organic delights being harvested from our 4,000 sq. ft. garden. Chef Stuart, master gardener, strives 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.

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)

  Oldest Grocery Store in NC
Check our new appearance out front of the store. Then step into the oldest grocery store in NC with the great supply of Meats, Produce, Groceries, Beer & Wine.
We have local products and now you can grill "Charlie's Sausage" links on the grill. Jeff has Italian links, and brats too. We have all that is needed for complete meals and we have several gluten free products, too. We also make the best Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese. If you don't want to cook, pick up one of our frozen meals for dinner, add a salad and you have a completed meal.
Thompson store is open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 8 to 6 and Sunday 11 to 4.
Ward's Grill is now open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 7 to 3 and Sunday 11 to 4.
All orders are prepared fresh, so come in and enjoy your meal. We have fresh cobblers for dessert and top with ice cream or order a milkshake vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or peanut butter.

Lola's Celebration Venue is your place for any event. Come by and look at the space or check out our website. Give us a call at 828-749-2321 to book your next event.
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm; Sunday 11-4.
Ward's Grill, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7am to 3pm.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here  to visit the website.  Click here for directions.  Phone is 828-749-2321. Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ  
Please join us in the Barking Lot and Patio for our total Eclipse Party Monday August 21!
We will provide special Eclipse glasses to view the moon when it begins to cover the sun at approx 2:30 PM. 
Beer specials all day, including Blue Moon for $2.00 off a bottle and some drafts on special also. We will have our regular menu but will offer a special menu for the occasion that will include an Eclipse Burger, Luna Taco, Total Eclipse Wings sprinkled with Star Dust and Moon Pie Banana Pudding for dessert! We will also be playing some great tunes outside!
Also free gifts for everyone!
Our Summer Concert Series continues on Sundays from 4pm-7pm
August 6-Beyond Blue
August 13-Typical Mountain Boys
August 20- Leftys
August 27- The Note Ropers  

Our Summer 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 
Saluda has been a gardener's dream this summer -plenty of rain and sun.  The results are baskets of beautiful, delicious vegetables from our local farmers.  Dan delivered ripe, juicy cherry tomatoes of all colors, crisp basil and delicious little cucumbers today.  We saw boxes of perfect peppers just in time for pizza on Friday.  And our Tailgate Market is a chef's delight on Fridays.  Come and enjoy all our local produce featured on Wildflour's summer menu.
Are you excited to be so near the path of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21?  Wildflour will be closed that Monday so our staff has the opportunity for this once in a lifetime event.  We hope you get the opportunity to experience it as well...come in on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and tell us about it.

Opened 6 Days a Week!
: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Closed August 21) 
Tuesday : closed
Wednesday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday Brunch : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook

Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Local Market 
Sprouting New Ideas every week and August is our 4 Year Anniversary!  
SALES all month long to celebrate!  Thank you to our great customers, family and friends for four years of business.  We have learned a lot and thanks to our customers, we are sprouting new and exciting plans for Meanwhile's Local Market Shop's fifth year!  
Summer is in full swing with fresh juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and all those zucchini that neighbors love to pawn off on each other!
Meanwhile's Local Market now has fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers - all from local farmers.  Stop in and see what is garden fresh and tasty each week.  
A rare total solar eclipse occurs on Monday, August 21 and we have the perfect coffee for eclipse day.  "Total Eclipse" dark roast coffee from Leopard Forest Coffee Company!  Stop in and get a bag to take home and enjoy a cup while watching the eclipse! 

It is important to shop Locally!  Saluda's shops have almost everything a family needs.  If you don't see what you are looking for, ask the Shopkeeper and we bet they can point you to a store in Saluda that has the item.  Enjoy the rest of summer!  Thank You for four great years and we look forward to the next four!

August Hours:
Monday, Thursday, & Saturday:  10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday & Friday:  10:00AM - 8:00PM  PIZZA NIGHT
Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM Wildflour's Brunch Time 
Tuesday:  CLOSED

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

Click Here to read the Oral History Interview with Mildred and Priscilla Pearson
Latest YouTube
Enjoy our latest YouTube upload by going here:
Glen Robert Morgan shared with members of the Historic Saluda Committee what his life has been like growing up and living the majority of his life in Saluda, NC. We can tell you right now. He was quite the hotrod!
Thank you to Dot Ulrey
Dot loaned us a small photo collection from the 1950's. Dot's grandfather, Rev. Andrew Ernest Cornish was Episcopal clergy. As a child her family were the first to stay in one of the clergy houses on Louisiana Avenue. Dot was born in 1928 and has been coming to Saluda to stay in her family home nicknamed "Sky Shack" all her life. Dot's parents were Sarah C. Cornish and Richard Tyler Crawford. Her father died when she was one year old. Her mother remarried a Mr. King. Dot has agreed to let us film an interview with her in the near future. Photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Donations Appreciated!
We frequently receive donations of old photographs or historical documents relating to Saluda. Sometimes folks loan them to us to scan and digitalize. This is a great way to preserve your family history or the history of the town. The Historic Saluda Committee uses archival quality materials to store donated items. Collections are often shared on Facebook and on the website. As the museum grows at the Saluda Historic Depot, we hope to share more at that location and at other locations around town. There is currently an exhibit of photographs at the Depot provided by the HSC. Contact us at to contribute to history!
  • Going Home: Saluda's Music Traditions, oral history film documentary, DVD, $20
  • Images of America: Saluda, book published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)
  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history film documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3
Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants, including the Saluda Historic Depot. Some available on-line at Saluda Lifestyles . All proceeds go toward future projects.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle , Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Outdoor Adventures

August happenings at the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC)
To get a complete description of each hike and presentation, please visit
August 12 - Walnut Creek Preserve program at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center; 10:30 a.m.
David Campbell will present on his Floristic and Biodiversity Study of Polk County.
August 29 - Landrum Library program; 6 p.m. Dr. Jack Turner and Beth Button, from the USC Upstate Watershed Ecology Center will present on "Watersheds 
Saluda Faces
Archie and Bevie Hardy
  Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email .   
Archie and Bevie first met at Still Hopes about 10 years ago. Both are from SC; Bevie grew up in Charleston and Archie in Columbia.  After both lost their spouses in the fall of 2009, they re-met at a wedding in February of 2010 and read below for the rest of their story.

They married in October of 2011, sold their respective properties in SC and moved to Archie's house on Shand Hill in Saluda which he has owned for 17 years.

Archie has been coming to Saluda since the age of 2 and remembers childhood friends like Dave Rembert, Julian Shand, and Ben Gause that also vacationed here in Saluda in the summers.  His parents would rent a house and spend a few weeks here every summer.  He came to western NC for summer camp for about 16 summers starting when he was about 8 years old. He went to Sky Valley, Sequoia, and Kanuga in NC, and other camps in SC and GA.

Bevie was a camper at Ton-A-Wandah in Flat Rock, NC for eight years finishing up as a counselor. She is also a Master Gardener, and you can witness it first hand when you see the house and the decorations on the back deck. 
In the 1970's while living on Fripp Island, Bevie authored a seafood cookbook with three other friends, "Fripp Island Fare" and had a wonderful time doing it.  She was also a jewelry designer in the late 80's with two other friends and found it to be an eye opening experience.   She also paints.  Judy Thompson encouraged her to join a three day class to improve her painting skills 15 months ago, and she just sold her first painting.

Archie has been playing the banjo and ukulele for many years and plays at three nursing homes, one of which, Autumn Care, is in Saluda.  He has a passion for duplicate bridge and welcomes any questions or conversations about bridge.  Recently, he and his partner, Bill Rearick, came in fourth in a North American Bridge Game.
Being involved along with two of his three adult children in Rotary International, he also enjoys Republican politics and public speaking, represents Saluda in the Polk County Commission on Aging, and is a member of the Saluda Parks and Recreation Committee. He also served in the South Carolina legislature for five years as a page, then two terms as an elected representative from 1979- 1982. After earning degrees from USC, UNC Chapel Hill and a doctorate in education from University of Georgia, he was actively involved in Parks and Recreation administration in the state. He also was one of four men who invented the game of Four Square Ball. It's designed to be played in a 16 square foot area by elementary school children and up.

They are both active members of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in town.  Bevie is in the Woman's Club and Altar Guild; Archie is an usher, a member of the Men's Club, and helps with church breakfasts. Archie also represented the Episcopal Church in a national conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The picture above is from a trip they took to Italy. So now you know what they look like. They aren't shy, so if you see them around town or at the Welcome Table someday, ask them about their trip and anything else, now that you know a little about them.
By Mike Boyce
Oral Interview with Mildred and Priscilla Pearson
Historic Saluda Committee

Pearson1 Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Jeremy Williams, spent an enjoyable July morning visiting with Mildred Pearson, or Millie as she likes to be called, and Priscilla Pearson. Millie is the granddaughter of the famed Captain Charles W. Pearson, a railroad engineer who is credited with the task of bringing the railroad up the steep Saluda Grade. Priscilla is Millie's niece and great granddaughter of Capt. Pearson. Millie lives in Melrose on Pearson Falls Road, a stone's throw from the #2 safety track and actually lives on the land where Capt. Pearson's home once stood. Millie has a great big stone fireplace made from the stone that once was part of the Captain's home. Still standing next door is the house where Priscilla now lives and is the place of Millie's birth. This house once belonged to Giles William Pearson, a son of Capt. Pearson and Millie's father. Millie spoke fondly of her childhood saying that Pearson Falls and the train tracks at Melrose were her playgrounds. Millie requested to go on record that it was actually her father who bought Pearson Falls after the Civil War from land speculators or carpetbaggers and owned it until the Great Depression. He lost the property to the bank but was very instrumental in getting the Tryon Garden Club to buy it because he knew the value of the plants and trees that were there. Millie holds in high regard, much like her father did, the plants and wildlife found around the Pearson Falls area and can identify the many species of wildflowers that are indigenous to the area. Priscilla takes pride in being the family historian and shared a great deal of the Pearson Family history. Details of this interview are forthcoming when the entire interview will be edited and uploaded to YouTube. Keep your eye on this column for when that is complete. In the meantime, Priscilla shared an interesting story written by another son of Capt. Charles Pearson, also named Charles Pearson, about the day the Captain met his future bride, Susan Bruce Shepard:
My Mother, Susan Bruce Shepard
by Charles Pearson (son of Capt. Charles Pearson)
   My mother, Susan Bruce Shepard Pearson, had her back injured when she was an infant. About the same time her father became interested with other people from Alabama, but the only way to get to Alabama was by private conveyance to Mobile. That was quite a trip, so my mother's parents left her in Elizabeth City with her grandmother. It was a long time before the parents could come back to get her. Then she would not go with them as she was nearly grown and had a mind of her own. Most of her brothers and sisters were born in Alabama and continued to live there.
   When my mother was grown and still living in Elizabeth City, she visited in Asheville with her aunt, Margaret Martin Russell, and with her uncle General James Green Martin who lived in Asheville after the Civil War. The trip to Asheville from Elizabeth City was by stage or private conveyance to Norfolk then by rail to Raleigh and Old Fort, and then by stage coach up the mountain to Asheville. After one of those visits to Asheville, Susan B. Shepard was coming down the mountain by stage coach. My father, Charles W. Pearson, was also coming down the mountain on the same coach on his way to Salisbury. The stage coach overturned and rolled partly down the mountain. The custom, in those days, was for the lady passengers to ride inside the coach, and for the men, unless there was room inside, to ride on top of the coach. In this case, my father was on the top of the coach. When the coach wrecked, he, of course, jumped clear. The ladies inside were pinned under and in the wreckage. My father was the hero who got my mother out and so they met.
Photos of Captain Charles W. Pearson and wife, Susan Bruce Shepard Pearson compliments of Carolina Pearson Mims, great granddaughter.
Interview by Historic Saluda Committee

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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!

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New on the Market 

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

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

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

Porches galore and views form every room. This spacious 2 large bedrooms, open floor plan with loft is a great mountain retreat and a super place to relax and rest. MLS#3289244 $416,000

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

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

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

Lakefront traditional with many windows for viewing the lake just steps from the house. 2-Car garage, master on the main level Special features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, office, sunroom, large master suite. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#
3280597, $389,900
Privately situated on an acre with fruit trees, mature plantings, brick home with lots of work space and storage in basement and over-sized garage. Beautifully cared for brick home in charming Saluda but without city taxes! Great deck spaces for outdoor fun and large rec room. 3BR, 2BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#3269234, $249,000
Gorgeous mountain views and unbelievable gardens with pond and pathways. Workshop in basement. 2 BR Guest Cottage, 5.8 acres,
MLS#3193283, $536,800 UNDER CONTRACT

Relax on the front porch of this immaculate mountain cabin after hiking to the creek. Then come inside, build a fire, and read your favorite book. During summer months, take a dip in the creek or swim in the neighborhood pool. This is the perfect mountain retreat. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#3262681, $175,000

  Experience nature from your back deck. Quality log construction, granite counters, built in sauna off the master bedroom, upper covered porches to take in the view. MLS#3258083, $447,500 UNDER CONTRACT!

Major fixer upper or tear down in excellent location! Home sits on three lots. Located in a historic and quiet neighborhood a block from Main Street Saluda. *Approximately 1780 of sq feet heated by a wood stove. MLS#3259246, $68,000       

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

Lake Sheila A Frame with stone fireplace to cozy up to on a cool winter night.1-ac level lot adjoins preserved watershed. Partial finished basement for recreation.Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating in 28 ac pristine, private mountain lake. MLS#3232826, $235,000. 
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Lots and Land
Lake Lots 
NEW! 6.40 acres Lake Sheila, MLS#3296972, $183,500
1.01 ac on Lake Adger, MLS# 3246170 , $85,000
89 ac view lot at Lake Sheila, MLS#3254020, $82,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Lake Sheila, 1.21 ac MLS#3213167, $85,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $39,000 MLS#518705
1.05 ac, Macedonia Lake, MLS# 3175119 , $75,000
Saluda City Lots 
NEW! .87 ac historic Columbia Heights area, MLS#
3273411, $76,000
.96 ac, Ozone Commercial, MLS#3213577, $125,000
.46 ac, MLS# 3151228 , $68,500
Piney Mountain
2.33 ac, MLS# 3174376 , $52,800
2.48 ac, MLS# 3237409 , $28.000
15.66 ac, MLS# 3237521 , 199,900

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

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

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