Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine about all things Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still  
  October 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
Annual Halloween Stroll
Halloween House
A Special Thank You
Annual Turkey Dinner
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
Saluda Family Medicine
The Free Clinics
Free Health Screenings
Health & Wellness
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Church Bazaar
Saluda Church Services
US Post Office
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Scoop
Historic Home Tour
Saluda Is Changing
Outdoor Adventures
Premier Raching Talent
The Write Stuff
I Remember Saluda
Annual Calendar
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
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A Quick Saluda Market Update

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


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2017         58           9                                 

Homes 2016         53           0       


Land 2017            17          4    

Land 2016            11          0  


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

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


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


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

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

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association regular 
monthly meeting October 3 at 5:30 at the Purple Onion for social. 
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first Wednesday of month at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church. October 4. 

Saluda Tailgate Market, 2017 Season open every Friday through October,  4:30 to 6:30    
Candidates Forum on Wed., Oct. 25 beginning at 6pm at Saluda Senior Center.  (This is a change from original date.) 
The Historic Saluda Committee meets October 13 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 October 10 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.  
Saluda Train Tales , October 20 at 7pm, Saluda Historic Depot.
Saluda Garden Club will meet on October 16, 10:00am at Saluda Library parking lot. 
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, October 30 at 6pm.
Saluda Welcome Table at the Saluda Methodist Church every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Everyone is welcome.
Brown Bag- Available, October 20, 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.
Annual Halloween Stroll
October 27, 3-6pm
The City of Saluda invites everyone to join us for the Annual Halloween Stroll. Remember to wear your best costume. You are guaranteed to have a terrifyingly good time. Downtown businesses from Nostalgia Courtyard to Green River BBQ will be handing out goodies! Saluda First Baptist Church will also be hosting a "Trunk or Treat" and offering a free chili dinner in the parking lot on Carolina Street.
Halloween House
Friday ,October 27, 2017
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Lola's venue
Above thompson's store
FREE & FUN for everyone!
Hot dog supper with
DJ, Jammin' JP, on the back deck & lot's more!
Call 828-749-3789 for questions
Thank You for Your Generosity!
"The Don Mintz family would like to thank all Saludians who donated non-perishable items to the Hurricane Relief trailer that was stationed at Don Mintz Builders for a week before joining a convoy of trailers organized by Anchor Baptist Church's Gulf Coast Victim's Disaster Relief effort."
Annual Turkey Dinner
turkey The Saluda United Methodist Church's annual Turkey Dinner is Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Saluda School Cafeteria.  A delicious meal of turkey, dressing with gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, and homemade desserts will be served from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Church members will begin to sell tickets on Monday, October 9, 2017.  Adult tickets are $10 per person, and children 12 years of age and under are $5 per person.  You may also purchase your tickets at the door on the night of the dinner.
Take-out plates will be available, but no take-out drinks will be provided.
If you have any questions, please call 828-749-3789.
Saluda Historic Depot News

New Museum Hours
Museum has extended hours!
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon to 4pm.
Check out current exhibits and events at .
Admission is always free and voluntary donations are appreciated.  Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal at  
Railroad Future in the Mountains
"'There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is a train." Judy Ray, Former WNC Rail Committee Chair
The Saluda Historic Depot board attended the Railroads and Regional Economic Development Conference 2017 sponsored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the WNC Rail Committee, Inc, and the NC DOT Rail Division held in Asheville on September 22.
This conference focused on the dynamic and diverse changes in today's railroad industry and rail's critical role in regional transportation planning and development. 
Sessions focused on how Western North Carolina can work to improve and expand freight services in the region, increase excursions to and through the mountains, promote existing tourist lines and re-establish a passenger rail connection to Asheville and WNC.   
"It was a great day and a wonderful panel of speakers from our transportation systems, from elected officials to managers with Norfolk Southern, CSX and Watco/Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Railways producer. All shared information about present projects and looking toward the future of rails in Western North Carolina and the impact it would be to us. For economic growth to our area, the impact of an excursion would bring education and entertainment. We will be making contact with some of the speakers and invite them to present at Saluda Train Tales next year. Western North Carolina is growing and many are coming to see our mountains, trails and rails, we must plan and be ready.
Imagine an excursion from Saluda to Hendersonville and then to Asheville. People could ride the rails to visit us and then return to another location without driving. Imagine the ride and not having to drive and then add to that picture enjoying fine dining in a dining car. People love experiences and a ride on the rails to Saluda would bring back a little history from when folks rode the train to Saluda and would be wonderful for Saluda's economy and its citizens," says Judy Ward.
"We made great contacts with the owner representative of the Great Smoky Mountains RR, and they are interested in coming to Saluda to help us get something rolling! He owns five tourist train operations. The first was the Durango to Silverton line in NM to Co," stated Mary Meyland Mason.
Some of the information learned will be discussed at the October Saluda Train Tales by Ray Rapp.
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 300+ memberships sold!  
The Saluda Historic Depot launched an annual membership drive. Individual memberships are $25 and include a 10% discount on non-consigned items, souvenirs, T-shirts, books, posters, and other gift items. This is an opportunity for all Saludians to fulfill the vision for Saluda's landmark treasure.
Please send your $25 membership to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "2017 Membership." You can also purchase online at .
  If You Like History, Be a Volunteer
If you would like to learn about Saluda's history and greet visitors of the Saluda Historic Depot, please call Anita Moore 404-626-2090. 
Congratulations to winner of the DollyWood tickets and thanks to all of you who purchased a ticket.
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.
When you purchase these books at the Depot, proceeds from the sales go toward the fundraising for the Depot.
"Our Vanishing Americana" by Mike Lassiter
500+ Photos of Vanishing American Icons featuring Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill and M.A. Pace General Store. Price: $50
"SALUDA from Top to Bottom" by Matthew Baumgarner
Matt published Saluda: From Top to Bottom November, 2015. This book is the first major publication on the Saluda Grade and railroad in more than thirty years and goes deeper than any previous work.  Price: $50 
Saluda Train Tales & Videos
The Saluda Historic Depot board is grateful to Bob Keeton who donates his time, equipment, and expertise to provide a sound system and videos Saluda Train Tales each month.  Here's a link to Local's Month.    
     Saluda Historic Depot Calendar  
September 15 - Saluda Train Tales Local Month, featuring Priscilla & Millie Pearson, Bill Shand, David Henry Twiggs, Chuck Hearon
October 9 - Annual Golf Tournament  
October 20 - Saluda Train Tales Ray Rapp, curator of How the West Was Won: Transformation of NC from Mars Hill University
November 17 -Saluda Train Tales by Granddaughters of Mr. Patterson, Engineer of Helper Train
November 19 - "Italian Inspirations" by AmiciMusic at Orchard Inn
December 15
- Saluda Train Tales Movie Night
"Italian Inspirations" at Orchard Inn, November 19
AmiciMusic, Asheville's award-winning music organization dedicated to high-quality, intimate performances, will present Italian classics on November 19, 4pm at the Orchard Inn to benefit the Saluda Historic Depot.
Performing will be AmiciMusic Artistic Director Daniel Weiser on piano and three soprano/tenor singers,
The Orchard Inn, located at 100 Orchard Inn Lane in Saluda, will be hosting and serving delicious Italian hors d'oeuvres as well as a full cash bar starting at 4pm. The concert starts at 5pm.  The cost is $60 per person. The views will be exquisite, the food incredible, the atmosphere cozy and the music superb. 
For more information, please visit .   Tickets will be available at or at the Orchard Inn, the Saluda Historic Depot at 32 W. Main Street, and Thompson's Store at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC starting mid October.
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 at Bright's Creek
Still Time to Register to Play!
Golf Tournament:  October 9, 2017
On Monday, October 9, 2017, golfers of any level can enjoy the breath-taking course at Bright's Creek that flows naturally with the lay of the land and with mountain vistas all around. 
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.
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 [email protected]
or fax to 828-749-3490.  You may also download Registration here.
Thank You to Coca-Cola for being our
"Engineer Sponsor"
Our Special Thanks To
CityCity Notes

Been thinking about ordering a brick to memorialize a loved one, celebrate family or friends, honor a special person...then this is the time to do it! Catherine needs 20 orders to complete her next order. Don't hesitate! Do it now!  
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 [email protected]

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

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Stay informed by visiting the city website,
Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email [email protected] and ask to be placed on the email list.  
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.   Click here to download the Saluda Center October 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. 
Saluda Center Gala will be Sat., Dec. 9 from 6:30-9pm.
The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Oct. 5 at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.
Cindy Hadorn will hold a class on "A Chemical Free Home Using Essential Oils" on October 7 at the Saluda Senior Center in Saluda. It's from 10:30-11:30am. The class is open to the public and is free, and donations will be collected for the Saluda Senior Center. If there are any questions, she can be contacted at 423-306-9379, call or text. 
Candidates Forum on Wed., Oct.25 beginning at 6pm. All are encouraged to attend.
The Social Singles of Saluda Potluck Dinner will be Thurs., Oct. 12 at 5pm. Our group is for men and women over the age of 40. If you have a partner or are separated, we consider you single. Just bring a dish of your choice for all of us to share. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.
Community potluck and bingo will be Mon., Oct. 30 at 6pm. Bring a dish to share with others.
Medicare assistance is available with a trained Medicare volunteer. Call 828-749-9245 to schedule an appointment. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

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 [email protected] to be added to our email list.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.    
Saluda Community Land Trust
Walks in the Woods 
October 1 - Round Mountain
1-2 miles, moderate to strenuous, 2-3 hours. Explore the site of the Battle of Round Mountain. Located off Howard Gap Road, this walk offers a picnic area, rock outcroppings, and for the adventurous, a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain for Piedmont views.
October 15- Waters of Camp Creek
2 mile 2 hour moderate walk on Burdett's property offering beautiful fall foliage as well as lush vegetation and dancing waters along Camp Creek.
These are the last walks of the 2017 Walk season; stay tuned for the 2018 schedule in the Spring.
Walkers meet at 2pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share 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 [email protected] .
The Moody News
The old Moody home will be re-purposed.  We plan to leave sections of the house in place using one section for a pavilion and another for storage.  We will save the barn and out buildings.  
If you are interested in participating in this transition, call John Savage at 828-749-3906 or text 828-545-3634.
Kudzu and Other Invasives
Cleaning up the Tree line on Judd's Peak Lookout
On Thursday morning, a small group of volunteers has been cleaning out under the trees. There were a lot of saplings, dead tree branches and vines. The main invasive plant here is "Oriental Bittersweet". This vine was imported as a decorative plant for its bright red berries in the fall. They are often used in making Christmas wreaths. Now the plant has spread profusely, climbing up trees to girdle them and drape over the branches. Next to kudzu, this is our most destructive vine.
Come join us for our battle against these plants. Kudzu and invasives workdays are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 8:00-10:00, October 5th and 19th.We are currently working at Judd's Peak Lookout.
SCLT Monthly Board Meeting
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month October 4 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 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: [email protected] . I nformation, application, and rules and reg ulations are posted at: .
For more information, please contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.
Saluda Garden Club

spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16 at the Saluda Library parking lot. We will car pool to the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. This should be a great time to visit one of our best North Carolina treasures with fall colors at their peak.

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
Women's Club of Saluda will holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 At the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street in Saluda. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Mystery lovers will especially enjoy our guest speaker this month.  Terry Neal will discuss a 1966 triple murder at Lake Summit that has, so far, been unsolved.  Mr. Neal began his investigation in 2014 and discovered information that was never released to the public.  Although he has requested that the case be re-opened, law enforcement refuses to do so.  Why?
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.
Saluda Family Medicine Coming Soon!
Dr Lisa J Broyles MD, CFMP, a holistic family physician is opening Saluda Family Medicine in association with St. Luke's Hospital. She will be seeing all ages and taking all insurance providers.

Saluda Family Medicine will be located at 1347 Ozone next to the Dancer's Extension in Saluda and will open the first of November.
Career opportunities include the need for a front desk receptionist and certified medical assistant. If you are interested, please visit St. Luke's Employment Opportunity Center Website .
The Free Clinics Hosts Free Reception in Saluda
The Free Clinics (TFC) provides quality healthcare for uninsured, low-income clients in Henderson and Polk Counties. There will be a Saluda Reception, Sunday, October 8, from 4:00 - 6:00 at the Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda to update guests on TFC's services and programs that serve Polk County residents.
The event is free, and there will be hors d'oeuvres and a beer and wine bar. The public is invited and RSVP's are encouraged by September 29. The event is hosted by TFC staff and local residents Reeda Ward and Pat Sandahl, along with her husband, Ward.
The Free Clinics, which provided 19,500 patient visits for 1,700 low-income, uninsured residents in 2016, delivers its services and programs through 23 clinical and community health programs and services, and the help of 170 healthcare partners and more than 200 clinical and nonclinical volunteers. TFC is a dynamic, innovative, award-winning community healthcare organization that provides $8.50 of healthcare for our neighbors in need for every $1 raised.
In Polk County, where 14% of the residents live in poverty and 20% of adults, 18 - 64, have no health insurance, TFC has been making a significant difference in the local healthcare environment since 2012. In that time there has been a 521% increase in the number of Polk County residents served, and in 2016 TFC provided 174 Polk patients almost $650,000 in free prescriptions, and enabled access to specialty care and/or diagnostic services for 112 Polk County residents.
Pat Sandahl, TFC MediFind Director is "proud to be a part of The Free Clinics and to bring our Prescription Assistance Program to low income, uninsured residents of Polk County."
According to Reeda Ward, TFC Pharmacy Technician "I know first-hand the dilemma a person faces when they are forced to pick and choose which of their medications they can afford. The Free Clinics has made a tremendous difference to people who are my neighbors."
Additional Polk County receptions are planned for Tryon and Columbus in the next several months.
To RSVP or for more information about the Saluda Reception please contact Mary Patrick at 828.697.8422 or [email protected] .
The Free Clinics was established in 2001 and enhances the healthcare system in Henderson and Polk Counties to ensure the accessibility of quality healthcare for uninsured, low-income clients. The Free Clinics works with volunteers and partnering healthcare providers to provide healthcare, prevention, education, medication access, and case management services, including specialty referrals.
Saluda Living in Place
Free Health Screenings on Thursday, October 19
Saluda Living in Place (SLIP), an organization in Saluda, which is aimed at helping seniors stay in their own homes as they age, is sponsoring free health screenings on Thursday, October 19, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon at the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville Street in Saluda.
Wellness on Wheels from Park Ridge Hospital will be offering free health screenings in the WOW van in the Saluda Fire Department parking lot. This is an opportunity to have cholesterol, lipids and glucose, blood pressure, body composition and bone density testing. Fasting is preferred for blood testing but not mandatory.
Healthy snacks and drinks will be available after you are finished, and representatives from the Saluda Senior Center, Polk County Transportation, Seasons of Life Home Care, The Free Clinics, Polk County Dental Health, Senior Life Solutions, St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's Infusion Clinic, Lisa Broyles, MD, Aging Projects Inc., and Aging Decisions will be there to share valuable information. There will also be a resource table with many materials for you to take home.
Please don't let this opportunity pass you by. Mark your calendar now for October 19 for your free wellness screenings and to receive valuable health information.
"Enhancing the lives of seniors living in place through access to services and health care, entertainment, opportunities for education and social activities, and opportunities for volunteering, we can create a vision of hope for our seniors and strengthen our community."
Submitted by Lynn Cass
Health and Wellness

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
New Autumn Schedule!
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
Thursday 9:30 a.m. Foundational Yoga (new day), 6 p.m. Gentle Yin Yoga
Friday      8:15 a.m. Core/flow
For an updated schedule and more information on classes, visit or call Dori Ray at 828.808.8334 or 828.749.3395.
Abundant Grace Massage
Dori Ray, LMBT NC 8190
Please contact Dori to schedule your next massage!
828.808.8334 (text)   828.749.3395 (call)
Check out for more information.
Soulshine welcomes all levels of yoga experience.  All classes are adaptable to your ability.
Click here for directions to the Saluda Center. 64 Greenville, St.     
New Classes at Isothermal Community College
Yo-Chi and Tone, Stretch and Breathe are being offered at ICC. The sessions are 8 weeks and cost $40 ($5/class). Both begin at 10 am and last an hour. Classes are taught by Jo Rytter, a Certified Kripalu Movement and Yo-Chi Instructor. She has also completed the Golden Hearts: Senior Fitness Training. Call ICC to register: 828-894-3092. Below are class dates and descriptions.
Tone, Stretch and Breathe : Tuesday, October 17-December 12.
Yo-Chi: Friday, October 20-December 15.
Tone, Stretch, & Breathe will focus on toning the muscles of the upper and lower body. Movements will be very slow and coordinated with the breath. Tone, Stretch, & Breathe
will also focus on balance with the aid of a chair if needed. As we age, muscle tone and balance decrease. The class intention is to improve muscle tone, balance, core strength and flexibility by mindfully focusing on each area we exercise. Toning with the breath helps increase awareness. Class will begin with gentle stretches.  
All participants will need to bring light hand weights, a small pillow for the head and a yoga mat. Leg weights are optional. Participants will need to be able to get down onto the floor and back up.  
Yo-Chi combines two disciplines that have survived for hundreds of years; Yoga and Ta'i Chi. These are the oldest mind body programs still existing today. Yo-Chi is a fusion program that gives you benefits in both stability, strength, mobility, and flexibility. Yoga focuses on stillness and finding stability. T'ai Chi focuses on slow, controlled never ending mobility. Doing these disciplines together, either alternating or in combination, can help increase your overall wellness.
All participants will need a small pillow for the head and a yoga mat. Participants will need to be able to get down onto the floor and back up.  
Call ICC to register at 828-894-3092. For more info call Jo:828-440-1160, [email protected] . 
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.
Oct 2:
Nintendo Wii U & Caramel Apple Dipping Station
Enjoy an afternoon of Nintendo Wii U free play and competition against your peers. A caramel apple dipping station will be available for snacks.
Oct 9:
Hour of Code  Ever wonder how video game companies develop their games? They use computer coding skills! Learn the basics of computer coding.
Oct 16:
Hocus Pocus Movie Matinee  Double, double, toil, and trouble! Stop by the library after school to watch Hocus Pocus. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. 
Oct 23:
Nintendo Wii U & Nachos  Enjoy an afternoon of Nintendo Wii U free play and competition against your peers. Nachos will be available for snacks.
Oct 30:
Ghost Yourself
Use packing tape to immortalize yourself as a ghost!

An Adult Craft Class is held at the Saluda Library on the second Monday of the month at 2pm.
On October 9, we will make pumpkin spice candles! Fall is in the air... Make your home feel warm and cozy with a new candle. Please bring a small jar for your project. All other materials will be provided.

Special events:

Bear Necessities 
Tuesday, October 17, 4pm

Join a Chimney Rock State Park ranger to begin your adventure into the basics of black bears. What do bears eat? Where do they live? Do they hibernate during NC winters? And will they attack? Let's answer these and other common questions about one of the largest mammals in our woods.

Mini Pumpkin Painting, Tuesday, October 24, 4pm   Come paint mini pumpkins to take home! All supplies will be provided.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Elementary School
   Joe Adams
      Saluda Elementary School  
Polk County Schools Ranked #2 in North Carolina for the 2nd Year! Polk County is also the only school system in North Carolina to have ALL schools earn a School Performance grade of either an A or B.
Saluda Elementary and Polk County Early College both received the highest grade of "A."  
Here's the Scoop for October Events at Saluda School:
3: Pre-K parent engagement evening at 5pm  
4: "Walk to School Day": Meet at the Saluda Library at 7:30am to walk to school
4: Student fall pictures
4: 4th grade field trip to visit the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
5: Brightstar to present FrankenSTEM in the auditorium at 9am
9: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Required teacher workday
9: School Board Meeting at 6:30pm at Stearns
10: FENCE to present "Forces & Motion" to 5th graders
10: Report Cards go home  
12: Hincapie Bike Team to present a program for students at noon in the gym
17: Muddy Sneakers 5th grade "Forces & Motion" field trip to Bradley Falls
19: A+ Leadership Conference in Raleigh for Principal and A+ Coordinator
21: Saluda School playground and tennis courts will be a rest stop for the Gran Fondo
Hincapie Bike Ride
27: Halloween House at Lola's (above Thompson's store) in Saluda. Free fun! 5:30-7:30pm
30: Interim Reports go home
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. 
Church of the Transfiguration's Third Annual Holiday Bazaar
The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration's Third Annual Holiday Bazaar will be on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 72 Charles Street, in Saluda.
This year there will be a Silent Auction featuring a beautifully framed oil painting by a local artist, a gourmet dinner, a handcrafted Noah's Ark, a beginner's guitar and much more.
Beautiful cards, bookmarks, original art and prints, handcrafted jewelry, and unique handcrafted items will be available, all by local artists. Delicious baked goods, soups, quiches, artichoke relish, jams and jellies and other gourmet items made by some of the best cooks in Saluda will also be for sale.
The Upscale Bargain Basement will have gently used home furnishings, kitchen items, costume jewelry and other exciting items that need a new home.
Come one, come all and make this your best holiday season ever. All proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the Outreach programs of the church. For more information, please call 828-749-9740.
Saluda Church Services & Events

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

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

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.    
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
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.
Let it Go!  
library fall As falling multi-colored leaves tumble to the ground and blanket the forest floor, it's a reminder of how Mother Nature teaches us how to "let go" of another season to prepare for the next. As the leaves are decomposed by micro-organisms in the soil, the carbon cycle begins. Molecules that were once part of a leaf hanging on a tree in a nearby forest were released to the air by bacteria last winter during decomposition, came in contact with a leaf in your garden and were built into the pumpkin you will have in the pie at Thanksgiving.
Even though Saludians are letting go of summer gardens and festivities, they are looking forward to the splendor of fall colors and cooler weather.
Landscapes will be shrouded in trees and shrubs boasting a variety of red, yellow, deep purple, and gold palettes around which to stage well placed mums and hay bales to display Halloween decorations.
This season rivals spring for outdoor hiking and exploring mountain sides and forest floors that radiate with brilliant colors. Mountain trails are covered with this foliage crunching under shuffled feet before the rain flattens the piles and turn the leaves brown to enrich the earth.

In Saluda you can soar through old-growth forest that wears
multi-colored foliage at the Gorge Canopy Zipline.
After your outdoor adventures, in town you will find a delectable cup of coffee, hot chocolate or delicious locally sourced meals to appease your increased appetite after a day outdoors.
Visit to reserve your fall accommodations.
Track fall color peaks at .
What's Happening in Music & Art

What's Happening at the Purple On ion 
Oyster & Pint Night is Back
October is here and so is a brand new fall menu to celebrate the cool autumn weather and the season's bounty of root vegetables, winter squash, greens and OYSTERS. Every Monday and Tuesday, we feature oysters on the half shell, raw or roasted and $3 pints.
Construction Update
We are very happy to report that the work begun September 5 by the City of Saluda in front of Heartwood Gallery and the Purple Onion to repair sewer lines and redirect storm water and an underground creek away from Main Street building foundations is for the most part complete. We appreciate your patience throughout this rather messy project and wish to express our appreciation to Jonathan Cannon and the city employees who worked diligently to complete the project as quickly as possible.
honeycutters Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
October 22 @ 7 PM
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina return on October 22 @ 7:00 PM. Since 2007, when the group formed, they have been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, they were voted WNC's favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader's poll. Organically grown around the songs of lead singer Amanda Anne Platt, the band has gained an audience that has stretched far beyond their mountain home to include all corners of the United States.  
Admission is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door and seating will be limited. The performances starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 5 PM. A limited menu of pizzas and appetizers will be available from the time the doors open until the show starts with beverages and desserts available throughout the concerts. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 828-749-1179.
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters  is the group's third release on Organic Records, and fifth album. Assembling the same team as 2016's On The Ropes, Balsam Range's Tim Surrett steps in for the second time to co-produce this album along with Amanda. Its thirteen tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC near the band's hometown of Asheville, NC.
Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend  the band's old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, "I think it's just about life and all that that entails, including but not limited to, death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love."
Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, andEvan Martin on keys and Telecaster.
There is an empathetic and charming wit ingrained in Amanda's songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person's life.
"Amanda Platt writes songs on par with Lucinda, Isbell, Lauderdale, Hank Sr. In my opinion, anyway." said, WNCW's Music Director Martin Anderson  to  No Depression .
Upcoming Sunday Night Shows
November 19 - David Childers and the Serpents
December 3 -  Jonathan Byrd
December 10 - Sweet Claudette's Christmas Extravaganza
October Music Calendar
Incredible fiddler making his first appearance here with a trio performing both Celtic and jazz music.
October 7 - Shana Blake Band 
This band returns with their innovative new take on the old soul cover band.
October 12 - Scoot Pittman 
Scoot's energy and style always make his evenings here memorable.
October 14 - Dogwhistle 
Saluda local returns with his band to play country music the way
it is supposed to be done.
October 19 - Eric Congdon & Billy Cardine 
Congdon is joined for this visit by the fabulous Dobro player and singer.
Straight ahead jazz, swing tunes and other standards.
October 26 - Chuck Brodsky 
Chuck's music and words are especially meaningful for the times we live in.
October 28 - The Danberrys 
This duo from Nashville returns with its rich blend of blues and bluegrass sometimes with a backbeat of funk.
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!!
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 [email protected] .  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
Saturday Afternoon Concerts 
Celebrate the beauty of fall in the Western North Carolina Mountains with some live music provided by some of the areas most talented musicians as Saluda Outfitters continues its Saturday evening concerts throughout October.
Join your neighbors for some relaxation and fun in the Outfitter's outdoor music venue. With a permanent stage for the bands, the outdoor venue is set up in a picnic style atmosphere with tables, chairs and a fire pit for those cooler October evenings.
Music begins at 4 p.m. with bands playing until 7 p.m. or until the crowd dwindles. There is never a cover charge and attendees can choose from a variety of craft beers and wines. Fresh sandwiches, salads, chips and numerous organic snacks are available for purchase inside the store's snack bar. Casual attire is more than welcome, and the venue is dog friendly.
Saturday, Oct. 1 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon is an eight-piece band that plays "substantial rock 'n' roll" that includes classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus a few surprises thrown in. Bring your dancing shoes.
Saturday, Oct. 14 | Second Souls will return to the SO stage with its revolving group of area musicians. Headed by Steve Prickelmyer of Greenville, S.C., the group includes Saluda percussionist Mark Lauer, guitarist Bill Loftus of Flat Rock and other regional musicians.
Saturday, Oct. 21 | Tryon's Basement Bunch will return for a second weekend in October to help Saluda Outfitters celebrate fall.
Saturday, Oct. 28 | The eclectic Second Souls will take the stage again as Saluda Outfitters prepares for a weekend of Halloween Fun.
Saluda Outfitters is located at 435 Main Street and is celebrating its first fall as part of the historic town's retail business. The Outfitter has recently received its fall and winter apparel shipments and is ready to serve the community as "the local resource" for clothing and gear. Come by to find everything you need for your outdoor adventures. Prepare for the holidays with a Saluda Outfitters gift card or select a gift from among the quality products and brands (Wolverine, Kuhl, Marmot, Royal Robbins, Elan) available. 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.

Dancer's Extension dancersextension
Our dance season is off to a great start, even with Hurricane Irma postponing some students' first classes of the year.  We had an exciting Donate and Dance event to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and raised $250 for relief efforts. Now, we are on to October, and October is Bring A Friend month. Friends and new students may attend any one dance class for FREE in October! Come join the fun and creativity!  Beginners are always welcome.  We love to dance at 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 [email protected] or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook 
Upstairs Art Trek 2017
Studio Visits will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 10-5PM & Sunday, October 1 from 12-5PM. There will be a Preview Reception and a Silent Auction Friday evening, September 29 starting at 5PM, and a Closing Reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 13 at 5PM. The Silent Auction will close at 6PM and results will be announced. Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782. 828-859-2828.
Saluda artists, Bonnie Bardos, and Doc Welty (The Pottery) will open their studios.     
Saluda Artist, Bonnie Joy Bardos
On September 30-Oct. 1, Bonnie's studio/house at 285 Greenville Street in Saluda will be on the yearly Art Trek open studio tour, sponsored by Upstairs Artspace at 49 S. Trade Street, Tryon NC. All participating artists will be in a gallery exhibit that opens with a preview party on September 29 at 5:00. The event is free and open to the public; maps will be available at area businesses, art studios, and at the gallery.
Jim Carson, AIS  
Plein Air/ Painting the Fall from Life
October 19-21, 2017 Thursday-Saturday
Jim Carson AIS will offer an outdoor painting workshop on Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, in Saluda, N.C. titled "Plein Air/Painting the Fall from Life".
This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to paint in the beautiful Fall colors around Saluda, N.C. All the painting sites will be convenient by car, with parking, restrooms, and food easily accessible.
In this workshop, we will learn to simplify the shapes of the landscape, see the colors as temperature changes, and understand values, so as to paint in a fresh and spontaneous manner.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.
Jim is a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast(PAPSE), an Associate member of Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.  
Jim has also announced the first workshop of his 2018 schedule. It is an indoor workshop (in Jim's studio), titled "Painting Interiors", January 18-20, 2018.
For more information, visit the "news/ workshop" link at , email [email protected] or call 828-749-3702.  

William Jameson New Workshops 

"Fall On The Blue Ridge" 10/23-27, 2017, Saluda, NC
This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations; have an early lunch ("Dutch") at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint. Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography. The workshop includes 30 hours of instruction and a "get acquainted" party. Because the workshop is limited to 15 painters, I encourage you to send your enrollment form with deposit as soon as possible. Arrangements for travel and accommodations should be made privately and immediately as October is a most popular time to visit this scenic area.
For more information, please email [email protected] or visit Bill can also be reached at 828-749-3101.
Random Arts Workshops
Random Arts has been an integral part of Saluda's creative lifestyle community for over 22 years, and in October, we are hosting an acrylic painting workshop with acclaimed, international mixed media artist, Gillian Lee Smith, from United Kingdom.
Originally from the East of Scotland, she recently moved to the beautiful, rugged and inspirational North-East coast of England. She now works from her studio focusing on narrative art inspired by individuals and communities and their impact and relationship with the land and the environment in which they live. This combines her fascination with history, people, the coast and storytelling.
5 day Acrylic Paint Workshop. Oct 9-13, 2017
Other workshops in October include:
Fiber & Fabric Collage with quilter Susan Edmonson on Oct 21st
Recycled Book Making with D.J. Gaskin on Wed. Oct. 25th
Oct. 28th bring out "Skellies, Ghoolies & things that go bump in the night"with artist Bobbie Polizzi
To register contact Random Arts by email: [email protected] or phone us 828-749-1165.
We are located at 481 Louisiana Ave @Ozone.
Look for the brightly colored door and steps.
Saluda Train Tales
Ray Rapp, October 20, 2017
 "Final Spikes:   Reconstruction, Racial Conflicts and Completion of the Railroads to the Land of the Sky"
The completion of the Western North Carolina Railroad from Salisbury to Asheville in 1880 and the line from Spartanburg to Asheville in 1885 marked the end of the tumultuous era of rail construction, political corruption, economic sleight of hand, prisoner exploitation and racial violence that led to the impeachment and conviction of North Carolina Governor William W. Holden in 1871.  The rails from Saluda Asheville played a central role and Ray Rapp will describe that period and the progress that was made.   
Ray Rapp retired in 2009 as Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies (formerly Continuing Education Program) at Mars Hill University where he served from 1977 (32 years). He currently serves as Consultant to the President of Mars Hill University and Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science.
A historian by background and training, he curated the recent rail exhibition at the Rural Heritage Museum, "How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina." Over 3,000 persons visited the exhibition in 2015, and it is now on display in the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC and a partial exhibition is proudly displayed at the Saluda Historic Depot.
Ray served as Aldermen for 2 terms, Mayor of Mars Hill for 3 terms and as State Representative of House District 118 (Yancey, Madison and Haywood Counties) for 5 terms from 2003 to 2012. While in Raleigh, he served as a member of the Transportation Committee and Co-Chaired two committees on expanding and improving rail service in North Carolina.
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 7:15 pm to 8:30pm. The events are free and voluntary donations are appreciated.
For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or [email protected] or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or [email protected] 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.

Meanwhile, Back in Saluda
"What we call th e beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from."
~ T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), exert from Little Gidding ~
As the October LifeStyles goes to press, our Mom (Mary Ann Asbill) is finishing up her radiation and chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.  As the poem says, the end is where we start from and our family will now start a fresh new year.  We are full of hope and thankfulness.  Thank you to everyone for the outpouring and continuing love and support.  We are grateful for it all.  Mom (Mary Ann) will be back part time in the shop soon.  Stop by and say hello as our family and shop start this new beginning.   
Random Arts & Apparel   
located on Ozone  at Louisiana has brou ght in all new "FRESH FALL FASHIONS" as we begin our cooler season here in the mountains. We've got several very unique long coats to keep us warm when it really gets cold. But now you'll find just the right thing when it comes to "big leg" pants, layering pieces, vests, cover ups, tunics, jackets and an abundance of unique scarves, socks and purses.
Our stock is ever changing and we continue to introduce new styles each and every week. Don't forget we always have a 50% off, or more, rack that includes clothing, hats and purses.

Open Tues. - Sat. 10am till 5pm
Phone: 828-749-1165
Located at 
481 Louisiana Ave
Saluda, NC 28773
Fall is officially here and it's time to pay a visit to The Dressing Room and see all the great fall colors.  We have many top shelf name brands in stock, Habitat,  Color Me Cotton,  Chalet,  Yushi, Et' Lois, Mod- O-Doc, Soft Wprks, Lur, Radzoli, Mode Fe Vie and more.
Also, we sill have great sales with 50% off--big selection of jewelry and purses.  
Have a great Fall and always, thanks for shopping local. 
Looking forward, Irmy 
137 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-9555 
FALL is my favorite time of the year!   And, our store is brimming with many great selections!
Sweaters, Scarves, Cords, Jean & Waffle Jackets & Coats, Warm & Cozy Tops, Holiday Attire and Gifts. Sassafras is filled with many tempting additions to your Fall & Winter wardrobe.
AG "Birds Nest" Pants Paired With Heartstring Top In "Sakura."
Check out our Facebook page "SassafrasSaluda" for pictures of our current stock and new arrivals!
If you haven't had a chance to stop in yet, please do. You won't be disappointed, I promise!  
And, if you haven't visited Saluda before, or have not been here in a while, Fall is a great time to plan a day or weekend trip to our wonderful town!
As always, we are very Thankful and Grateful for your patronage, and 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.  
Sassafras is located at 46 E. Main Street, which is in the center of town, in between the Saluda Grade Café and The Pottery.  Store phone number is 828-749-2379.
As always, we appreciate your patronage, and look forward to seeing you soon!
  Connie and Catherine

Here at Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift & Consign, we are continuing our markdowns since we are still in limbo. We also have an art sale going on, and yes, we are still taking in some wonderful consignments. (Nice Pennsylvania Dutch Dresser.)  We're gearing up for a wonderful and gorgeous October; come see us!  Thanks for shopping small and local!
Keeping midday hours Monday thru Thursday, 11 - 5, Fridays, Saturdays, 12 - 4ish on Sunday, or call on off hours or for casual appointment--could be home posting on Ebay.  828-606-1748.
Located at 160 Highway 176 across from Green River BBQ.
It's no wonder this is the most popular time to visit The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The air is crisp, cool and you can almost taste the ozone. As you ascend the front steps and enter our spacious living room the smell of a fresh fire in the huge stone fireplace is a warm reminder you are most welcome in our historic Inn. This is the time of year we all look forward to - when we turn off the air conditioning and open all the windows and doors. Oatmeal with caramelized apples & walnuts for breakfast and carrot/ginger soup for dinner. And all around us the mountains begin their annual transformation from lush green to a cacophony of Fall colors. Here at the Orchard Inn we await your visit for a relaxing stay at our lovely romantic bed and breakfast or a sumptuous meal at Newman's Restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and the hospitality warm. All are welcome at our little piece of mountain paradise. Come help us celebrate 91 years of gracious hospitality.
Our fine dining restaurant, Newman's, continues to receive high accolades from food critics far and wide. We're serving dinner every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and an incredible Brunch every Sunday. During the month of September we're still celebrating the many organic delights being harvested from our 4,000 sq. ft. garden, including many varieties of heirloom kale, beans, eggplant, apples, carrots, and herbs galore. At Newman's Restaurant we strive to bring diners a true "farm to table" gastronomic experience. Treat yourself to a most creatively prepared and delicious fine dining culinary adventure!  Call to reserve a place in our elegant dining room. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to enjoy a meal at Newman's. 828-749-5471. It's not too early to begin planning for the upcoming holidays. We are now taking reservations for our amazing Thanksgiving dinners as well as the very popular Dickens Dinners in December and NYE black tie Gala to usher in 2018 in OI style.
For more information and reservations, please call 828.749.5471. Visit and like Newman's Restaurant on Facebook. Like us on Facebook
They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC.  
thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Lola's Celebration Venue

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

Thompson Store is open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
Meat Market Items: Deli Meats- Hormel Turkey Breast $8.99 per lb., Black Forest Ham $5.00 per lb. Hormel Rare Roast Beef $9.99 per lb., and Pastrami $9.99- Come in and receive 10% with each pound purchased. Grilling for Football or family gathering, purchase Charlie's Link Sausage, Italian Links and Brats all made by Jeff & Sam in the market. Nowhere else can your purchase local made links or brats.
Check out our Wine area and look for the NC Wines: Morton, Ring of Fire, Wild Point White, Shelton and our own Judd's Peak.
Homemade items include 9" Chicken Pot Pie $12.99, 7" $7.99, fully cooked, just thaw and heat. Also we have Meatloaf, both 9" and 7" and others to choose too. Now is the time to have Pasta & Provisions soups; we have Italian Wedding Soup, Pasta Soup and the best of Pasta Sauce, Ravioli and Pizzas.
We have all you need for a delicious meal; come in and shop local.
Ward's Grill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3pm and Sunday 11 to 4. We make so many items in our restaurant to serve you. Come in and try the best of burgers, along with a CJ Burger, ½ beef & ½ Charlie's Sausage. Same with the Ward Burger- just 1/2 pound altogether.   WE are now making our own BBQ, Meatloaf and many sides. For desserts we have Fruit Cobbler, Brownies with Ice Cream---So Good!
Veteran's Breakfast 3rd Thursday of each month.  
Lola's Celebration Venue: Your idea place for business meetings, birthday party, anniversary party and wedding with reception. Come by and ask for a tour upstairs, and we will help to make your event one you will remember for a life time.     
Thanks for supporting us and remember to shop LOCAL.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here  to visit the website.  Click here for directions.  Phone is 828-749-2321. Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ  
Welcome Fall leaves and cooler temperatures!
Our favorite Fall Brunswick stew is back on the menu along with a soup of the day.
We have changed our daily specials during the week so please check the chalk board for the new selections.
A new menu rolls out in October so come see our new designs!
For Fall Octoberfest, ciders and darker beers are already on tap with daily beer and wine specials.
Come sit on our patio on the beautiful fall crisp days or join inside to watch your favorite teams playing football.
We have added new Garlic Parmesan wings on the menu. They were such a big hit for our Eclipse Party that we couldn't give them up, so they are here to stay. 

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

Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ .  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   
Wildflour Bakery 
October 2017 - predictions are for the best fall colors in decades!   There are several different weather and Facebook sites that all seem to agree on a spectacular Autumn display this month.  Those of us lucky enough to live here will get to view it from all our favorite lookouts.  Have you heard from friends and family that are planning to visit?  Saluda will be bustling with tourists and visitors, but that's okay.  We can all shift to low, take it easy and enjoy the magical kind of fall season that only the mountains can offer.
Join us at Wildflour as we finish up the last month with our summer menu.  There are sure to be some great specials using our local produce, lots of incredible soups for crisp, cool days and plenty of fresh bread, pastries and pies.

Opened 6 Days a Week!
Monday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Tuesday : closed
Wednesday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday : 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday Brunch : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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October's Party
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky....
~George Cooper (1840-1927), "October's Party," c.1887
October is one of our favorite times of the year.  October with cooler breezes, crisp pears and Mary Ann's Birthday!  Stop by the shop and say hello.  Fall Sales have begun and new arts and crafts are ready for holiday gift giving.  Happy Fall!  
October 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
email:   [email protected]   
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Welcome Billy Shand
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) would like to welcome its newest member. Billy Shand was approved to serve at the September meeting of the City of Saluda's Board of Commissioners. Billy has deep roots in Saluda and lives in
a historic home in the Shand Hill section of Saluda, known to be the second oldest summer house built in town and may be the oldest summer house still standing. Billy's ancestor, Robert Wallace Shand of Columbia, SC built the Shand house in 1887.  
New YouTube Video Released
Kick back and watch Mildred (Millie) Pearson and her niece, Priscilla Pearson share, from the comfort of Millie's home, stories about their grandfather and great grandfather, Capt. Charles W. Pearson, a railroad engineer who is credited with the task of bringing the railroad up the steep Saluda Grade. Having grown up across from Safety Track #1, the railroad was virtually Millie's playground as a child, along with Pearson Falls, which was once owned by her father. Get comfortable; this is the full unedited, version. As Millie says at the end of the interview, "This is straight from the horse's mouth!"
Cookbooks Needed!
Do you have a vintage cookbook from Saluda that you would part with? Why you ask? As an article in the September issue of Our State Magazine titled, "A Delicious Collection" starts out, " Foy Allen Edelman didn't set out to be a cookbook collector, even as she amassed nearly 1,000 cookbooks with titles from all over North Carolina. "I wanted a recipe, and a story behind that recipe, from a cook from every county in the state," Edelman explains. And so she began traveling, county by county, connecting with and contacting friends of friends and their friends, who'd honed recipes throughout the decades and through generations. But she'd show up to meet a particular person, and instead of one cook, she'd find a room full of cooks, full of stories. Word of her quest had gotten out. Edelman amassed a huge collection of cookbooks from all over North Carolina and recently donated her collection 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. The problem is that Edelman, and now UNCG, do not have a cookbook representing Polk County. The Historic Saluda Committee would like to remedy this situation. If you have a vintage cookbook representing Saluda's fabulous cooks and would like to donate it, please drop it off at Saluda City Hall and the HSC will make sure it gets to UNCG with your name listed as the donor. A cookbook from a church or local club would certainly hit the mark! Be sure to jot down on a slip of paper your name, address and phone number and that will travel with the book. For questions, please contact the HSC at [email protected]. Here's the full story in Our State Magazine: Our State Cookbooks.

  • 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, October 13, 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
Saluda is Changing. Deal with It
What an optical fiber looks like.
The electrons that come and go through the various internet-connected devices in the homes we have in Saluda now flow through gigabit fiber optic lines owned by RiverStreet Networks , a subsidiary of the Wilkes Communications cooperative, instead of the coaxial cables of Spectrum, the national broadband provider we used to call Charter Communications. Why is any of this worthy of your attention?
Well, for one thing, we're now saving about $20/month on our total telephone and internet bill compared with what we used to pay for RiverStreet's old twisted-copper phone service and Charter's internet. So there's that. But something more substantial is going on here, something emblematic about the changing nature of our little city.
Fiber optic service in Saluda isn't entirely new. The orange posts that appeared a few years ago mark a regional fiber optic line that was buried as part of a larger effort to "broadband-ify" rural America, and RiverStreet's new service, also a beneficiary of a federal assistance program, is really just the completion of the last leg of the network, the leg that reaches to our actual homes. In practice, it won't mean much for the typical consumer of telecommunications services beyond the welcome but modest savings. This is because you probably won't be willing to pay the exorbitant fee that downloading a billion bits of data per second would entail. You'll be happy with 1/20 of that speed because that's enough for all the kids to watch Netflix at once without any buffering. And Charter already provided that.
But what if you are an entrepreneur interested in setting up an information-based company in Saluda, one with a dozen employees constantly on the network? I don't know of any such plans, but until last week, the chances Saluda would be in the running to host a business of that kind was zero. Now it is something greater than zero. For a fleetingly short time, we'll be one of the only towns our size in the continent to offer this competitive advantage.
Already we can see how the Internet and social-media networks that have become its defining characteristic have changed rural communities everywhere. It is now possible to enjoy a sense of connection to larger communities of like-minded folks without having to physically meet. People still like to get together, of course. But when a group of Saluda craftspeople, or political activists, or beer enthusiasts that number in the single digits do so today, its members can take advantage of the confidence that comes with knowing there are countless more of their ilk out there, waiting on the other side of the iPhone.
This empowers individuality. What could be more American than that? But I think it fair to say that it also undermines community solidarity, which is already in short supply in this hyper-polarized age. We no longer need to find common ground with our physical neighbors because our Facebook friends can supply something approximately analogous.
I spend most of my working days in front of my computer - its two monitors plus a tablet and phone - because working with words seems to be the best way for me to pay my internet bill. Indeed, the internet allows me to live in Saluda because my clients are all a long way away, and I sometimes think of myself as a tiny example of the theoretical invasion of tech-sector businesses described above. But it's a solitary career, and I look forward each day to my mid-day walk downtown with Arrow, the coon dog-pointer mix we adopted last year, because I usually end up talking, face-to-face, with real human beings. I optimistically suspect most of people still like to do this kind of thing, and I try not to worry too much about what the Internet is doing to us as a city.
Still, it seems inarguable that we are changing as a species as we increasingly embrace virtual - and now, thank to the new iPhones, augmented - reality. We were once grounded, literally and figuratively, in geography. As a member of the Saluda Planning Board, I am constantly reminded of the need to preserve the essence of what makes our city a wonderful place to live. Whatever word people use to describe that essence - bucolic, pastoral, rural - it all boils down to an appreciation for the natural world that still dominates our city in exactly the way that it doesn't in New York, or Atlanta, or Charlotte. The internet, however, allows us to transcend our geography, to uncouple who we are from where we are.
We've barely begun to explore the implications of this technology. But whatever it brings, I know we're going to have to work hard to ensure we don't lose what makes this place so special. This is not a new challenge. The only constant is change, and city leaders have forever been tasked primarily with managing change, not standing in its way. But the pace of change is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. And it's good to remind ourselves every now and then that we need to pay attention to the forces behind those changes.
If we can tear ourselves away from Facebook, that is.
James is a communications consultant, editor, writer and public speaker based in Saluda, NC specializing in science and climate change.Senior associate at West Hawk Associates. Also a member of the Saluda Planning Board. Recent clients include the US government's Climate Resilience Tooklit and The Collider.
Outdoor Adventures

Area Fall Bike Rides
Fall is a popular time for getting outdoors and cycling through the beautiful mountain roads around Saluda. There are bicycle riders that you may see coming through Saluda so be sure to share the road and practice safe driving etiquette.
Tour de Leaves is Sunday, October 1, 2017 Wolverine Trail - Polk County Parks and Recreation, Wolverine Drive, Mill Spring, NC 28756. Check website for registration, directions, and details.
Hincapie Gran Fondo - October 21, 2017. The Gran route includes epic climbs including the infamous Skyuka Mountain KOM, switchbacks on Green River Cove, and a challenging descent down Howard's Gap.
Visit this website to see bicycle routes in our area.
The Perfect Weather for a Hike & Waterfall
As our weather finally begins to cool off, Pearson's Falls is the perfect place for a hike and a picnic. The gentle incline up the 1/4 mile trail through the glen of deciduous trees, rhododendron and wildflowers follows Colt's Creek up to a spectacular 90' waterfall.  Colt Creek pours over huge boulders as it rushes down to join the Pacolet River. The falls are named for original owner Capt. Charles Pearson who was an engineer and surveyor for the railroad. The glen and falls have welcomed visitors since before the Civil War. Since 1931 the falls have been lovingly owned by the Tryon Garden Club.
You will find benches to sit and enjoy the quiet beauty of the Glen. There are several picnic tables to use and a covered picnic shelter as well. There is a $5adult/$1children age 6-12 admission fee to Pearson's Falls & Glen. Group ticket prices are available. The hours are Monday to Sunday 10 AM until 6 PM. (Gate closes at 5:00 PM). For information, please call the Gate at 828-749-3031. For more information about events and what is blooming at Pearson's Falls go to our web site at .
Pearson's Falls is located at 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC, 28773. From Saluda follow 176 S down the mountain about 3 miles. Watch for signs on the right for the turn to Pearson's Falls. Take Highway 176 N from Tryon about 4 miles. Watch for signs for the turn to Pearson's Falls on your left.
Or drive down Pearson's Falls Road which begins near the bakery and garden center across from Saluda Elementary School. Follow the road down to 2748 Pearson's Falls Road.
Submitted by Lucy Brannon 
Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) have consolidated and become one newer, stronger organization - Conserving Carolina!
Conserving Carolina activities
Kudzu Warrior Workday
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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.
Guided Hike at Buffalo Creek Park
October 6 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for an approximately 4.7-mile, moderate, loop hike at Buffalo Creek Park in Hickory Nut Gorge.
October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Conserving Carolina and fellow community members to spruce up the Oklawaha Greenway in time for a beautiful fall season!  
Volunteer Information Session
October 10 and 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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.
Lewis Creek Workday
October 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Help maintain this rare Southern Appalachian bog habitat by removing non-native, invasive plant species!
Look & See Film Screening
October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a screening and short panel discussion of the award-winning Sundance documentary Look & See , a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry-farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America's most significant living writers.
Flat Rock Cinema. Reservations required.
The World of Monarch Butterflies with Joyce Pearsall
October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brevard College - McLarty-Goodson Room 125
Teaching and Research Reserve Workday
October 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
In November of 2017, the Party Rock Fire burned over 7,000-acres in the Hickory Nut Gorge. About 180-acres of our HNG Teaching and Research Reserve burned during this time. Although we are still assessing and learning about the positive and negative effects of this occurrence, we quickly realized that several non-native invasive species were going to flourish. During this workday we will target seedling Princess Trees.
Guided Hike along Mountain-to-Sea Trail
October 20 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for a moderate 3.8-mile hike along a portion of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge, a 1900's summer estate.
Humphrey Farm Workday
October 20 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Help battle non-native invasive plant species on this protected property off North Mills River Road.
Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi with Naturalist Tim Lee
October 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fireflies flashing on a warm summer night. The eerie glow of jack-o-lantern mushrooms in the forest on a moonless night. These lights bring mystery and magic to the dark night. Join us as we discover how light is produced and emitted from living organisms and how it used to lure prey, deter predators and entice insects.
Florence Nature Preserve Workday
October 30 @ 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  [email protected] .
Premier Racing Talent in Polk County
Every fall the most amazing group of vintage, modern and extraordinary cars, new and old trucks, and powerful racing bikes come to Tryon for a Saturday automobile show. The Rolling Art Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show will take place on Nov 4 this year at the Thompson's Garden Gallery at 83 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC. Registration begins at 9am and the Show runs from 10 until 2 with judging at 1:00. To preregister your car, truck or motorcycle email [email protected] .
Roland Linder, a world famous motorcycle and racecar driver, offers his expertise and energy as one of the car show organizers. Linder has had a long-standing love affair with motorcycles. Linder grew up in Belgium. He had a 10-year motorcycle-racing career in Europe. From 1968 to 1975, Linder worked as a mechanic for Le Mans racing teams, his Porsche-sponsored team winning the GT class twice.
Eleven years ago Linder settled just outside Columbus in Polk County. Linder remains in demand as a driving coach working for Mercedes Benz and Ferrari. He continues to operate his own driving school training people who have purchased powerful automobiles how to drive them. Linder last raced cars professionally in 2012. He likes to restore older bikes and sell them after enjoying them first. Today Linder owns a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sturgis, a 2000 Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide, a 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King, a 1982 Honda Ascot, a Honda Elite 50 cc and a 2005 Kawasaki 636 . Linder defends his love of bikes. "All I know is riding and driving."
Linder plans to bring his Ferrari Testarossa and several H-D motorcycles to the show on November 4. He also is networking with his contacts all over the area to come and bring their amazing automobiles to the show.
The Rolling Art Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show is free. Advanced registration is requested. Email [email protected] . (Put in both t's). Ten awards will be presented including People's Choice Best Car, Best Truck, and Best Motorcycle plus a Sponsor's Best of Show award. Participants and spectators are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. Thompson's Landscaping & Stone is located at 83 Palmer Street in downtown Tryon.
The Write Stuff
Cappy Hall Rearick
This is a new column to feature Saluda's writers and authors. Writers can announce new books, excerpts from their work, or short stories. Please submit to [email protected]
Featuring Cappy Hall Rearick

Cappy, an award winning short story writer and syndicated columnist, is the author of four successful columns, ALIVE AND WELL IN HOLLYWOOD, TIDINGS, SIMPLY SOUTHERN and PUTTIN' ON THE GRITZ monthly in the Lowcountry Sun Newspaper in Charleston, SC. She also writes an e-column called SIMPLY SOMETHING. Her columns are syndicated and distributed by Senior Wire News Service.

The Duke and I
By Cappy Hall Rearick
The night before I was due to interview John Wayne, yes, THE John Wayne, I couldn't sleep. Wearing red, puffy eyes the next morning, I met America's Hero looking like Mr. Magoo. I stood at his front door so nervous I had to ring the doorbell with both hands.
When John Wayne answered the door, tucked under his left arm, was a bug-eyed, early version of the Taco Bell Dog. I gazed at the big guy cradling a minuscule snarling pup and thought, Annie Leibovitz would kill to photograph this.
"Hi. I'm John. Come on in." I held back from responding, "Howdy, Pilgrim."
I was the Convention and Workshop Coordinator for campus Student Union and programmers throughout the country. Wayne was to be our keynoter and I was to write an article publicizing the Actor of the Century Award to be presented to him.
"I want to write things about you not found in your bio." I prayed he wouldn't ask for specifics.
A nano-second after the words left my lips, he asked, "What kind of personal stuff?"
"Uh, like, what's up with 'The Duke' handle?"
He laughed, obviously expecting the question. Duh. I wanted to kick myself.
"There're a whole bunch of stories about that, Lil' Lady. One says I played a duke in a school play. I didn't. Another says I descended from royalty! Hell, I was named for a dog!" 
I knew all about his dog, but I feigned ignorance.
"When I was a kid, I had an Airedale named Duke that followed my bike when I delivered newspapers. When the Glendale Firemen spotted us they'd say, 'Here comes Big Duke and Little Duke.' Now you know the rest of the story."
I peeked at my notes praying to find a more compelling question.
Clearing his throat, he said, "Hey, I'm concerned about this keynote gig. Those college kids might not like The Duke. He sure wouldn't want to get booed off the dais."
Seriously? John Wayne, beloved icon, seriously thought he might get booed? He explained that he once spoke at USC, his alma mater. "It was right after The Green Berets was released when students were protesting the war. The Duke delivered his speech and then skedaddled off the stage before they could throw tomatoes at him."
I imagined a full-scale anti-war demonstration with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox fighting for an exclusive, helicopters perched on the roof of Bovard Auditorium ready to spirit him away. I imagined him brushing crushed tomatoes from a brown tweed blazer with leather elbow patches similar to the one he was wearing.
He noticed my anxious look. "They didn't throw anything. I got a standing ovation."
I assured him that the Washington students would be nothing less than awestruck.
Suddenly, he got up. "Oh look," he said. "The Duke's fans will be on that tour boat coming up the waterway." He walked toward the terrace then stopped. "Almost forgot the ol' rug. Fans don't like seeing a baldheaded Duke."
He put a wide grin on his face, slapped on his toupée and then strolled out to greet his fans. As I watched him smile and wave, I thought he looked more like the Duke of Windsor than the Duke of Newport Beach.
After the interview he showed me his trophy room and various awards, including the Best Actor Oscar for True Grit. I oohed and aahed way too much, and then spied a jar of black shoe polish.
"What's up with the shoe polish, Duke?" (By that time, I felt okay calling him Duke.)
He picked up the jar. "Lil' Lady, that there is black gold from The Duke's first oil well."
I picked it up. Oil looks just like black shoe polish.
When he walked me to my car, he hugged me. Yowzer! John Wayne gave me a big hug. I'd gathered enough personal info that day to write what could turn out to be a good piece. Dog. Wig. Fans. Oscar. Black gold. I thanked him and said I would look for him in Washington.
A grin lit up his face and he threw me a rephrased Rooster Cogburn line that gave me an even bigger grin: "You can come on back and see a fat old man any time!"
Driving home, I memorized the John Wayne with a Chihuahua tucked under his arm; the John Wayne who spoke in third person, and the John Wayne who greeted boatloads of admirers with a big smile, a toupée and a wave.
Those are the images I plan to keep until the day The Duke and I meet again at that Big Fan Roundup in the Sky.  
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. 

Cider, Vinegar and Apple Butter
I know all about making cider and apple butter. I helped Mr. Goforth and all his youngans and all the Hearon's do it a lot of times. I'll tell you about cider first. You make cider along about in June, from what they call "the drops" that fall off the apple trees.
These are apples that just get lazy and drop off the tree. They are the ones that aren't going to hang on and make a real good apple. It takes a lot of "drops" to make cider, so Mr. Goforth hitched up the mule and wagon and we went around to all the apple trees, picking up the "drops." We pulled off and shook down some too, and when we got a good load in the wagon, we took them up to the spring house where the cider mill was sitting out on the grass.
A cider mill then was a wondrous thing. It had a hopper on top where you put in the apples. There was a grinding cylinder inside that chopped up the apples, and they fell out of the bottom into a slotted wooden cylinder with no top or bottom. There was a worm driven plunger-like press that fitted into this cylinder that pressed the juice out of the apples. It had two of these slatted tubes that sat on a wide, flat, wooden surface that had a built-in slope to it, so the juice would run out of a little hole at the lower end.
This was arranged so that you could be pressing the juice out of one cylinder while grinding up apples into the other one. When the juice was pressed out of the cylinder, you took the pulp to the hog pen, and they loved it. You strained the apple juice through a flour sack wash cloth into a bucket. The cider mill was hand operated with a big crank and a fly-wheel on the other end of the crank shaft.
What juice you got in the bucket was fresh cider. It would give you the trots if you drank too much. Cider was good about five to six days old.
Our Daddy was in charge of making vinegar. He had a five gallon demijohn in a wooden crate that he filled with cider, and had it set in a corner of the spring house. He tied a cloth over the mouth of the demijohn so it could "work" itself into vinegar.
It just sat there working along with little bubbles rising to the top like a bottled coke does now. These little bubbles kept rising a long time, and when you could see some sediment in the bottom of the demijohn, that was called vinegar's mother. Soon as the cider got a good mother, it quit sending up little bubbles and you had yourself five gallons of good apple cider vinegar.
Our Daddy didn't eat a lot of things we did, but he loved sliced tomatoes, and he whipped himself up a little dressing of vinegar and sugar and put it on his sliced tomatoes. We kids tried it but we didn't like it.
Now apple butter. Takes a lot of apples to make apple butter. You get all the apples you can find and get them in the wagon like you did for cider. You wash these apples and you peel them, and then you cut them up in less that quarter sizes.
It takes all the hands you can find to chop up twenty gallons of apples. Twenty gallons was the size of our apple butter kettle. It was a pure copper kettle with an iron handle. When we got the kettle full of cut up apples, our Momma would cover them with spring water and let them set over night. No need to start cooking them because it takes all day and them some to cook a twenty gallon kettle full of apple butter.
The next day, as early as possible, you started cooking the apples, and you did this out in the back yard. You set your kettle on a stone trivet or hung it on a tripod and put a fire under it. It couldn't be a big fire because it might scorch the apple butter. You stirred it from the time you built the fire until you took the kettle off the fire. The stirrer was a long wooden handle with a paddle on the end. It was shaped like a capital L, and you stirred from the long end and the short end went down in the bottom of the kettle so the apple butter wouldn't scorch. Apple butter, when it gets to doing good and thickening up, pops and spatters worse than hominy grits, so you had to be careful.
Our Momma added the sugar and spices at the right time and just about dark, she'd say, "It's done." We'd set the kettle off the fire and kept stirring until it cooled down, and the next day our Momma, and what help she could find, put it up in crocks and jars and it was mighty good that winter.
The twenty gallon solid copper kettle is on our back porch at Enjoy now and we use it for a wood box in the winter time. I shine it up once in a while and think about making apple butter in Saluda when I do. Smoke got in my eyes. 
Annual Calendar
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (June 9, July 14, August 11, September 1) 7pm 
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4. July 8, 2017 
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September NOVEMBER
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Small Business Saturday - Saturday after Thanksgiving
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music, 2nd Friday in December
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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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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. Just 4 miles to downtown for shopping and dining. 3BR/2BA, MLS #3308952, $249,000
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. House sits in middle of 19 acres and could be cleared for pastured. Mountain views from top of ridge. MLS# 3306077, $268,000
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. Only 10 minutes from downtown Historic Saluda. Home offers an open floor plan, a sun room with a wall of windows overlooking the lake and quest quarters above the garage. Two lots give the home a lovely private setting. 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
Quality, site-built, energy-efficient, low-maintenance Just minutes from downtown Saluda,  Home features abundant windows, one-level living with open floor plan, hardiplank siding, and a metal roof. 2BR, 1BA, MLS#3321038, $168,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
"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, $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

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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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

Lakefront traditional with many windows for viewing the lake just steps from the house. 2-Car garage, master on the main level Special features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, office, sunroom, large master suite. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#
3280597, $369,900
Privately situated on an acre with fruit trees, mature plantings, brick home with lots of work space and storage in basement and over-sized garage. Beautifully cared for brick home in charming Saluda but without city taxes! Great deck spaces for outdoor fun and large rec room. 3BR, 2BA, 2-Car Garage, MLS#3269234, $249,000
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
This is the perfect mountain getaway! White pine dove tail manufactured cabin has 1BR/1BA with a 2 BR septic. Great rocking chair front porch to enjoy the mountain air. MLS#3313860, $108,900. UNDER CONTRACT! 
You won't believe this historic-looking home isn't an immaculately preserved hand hewn log cabin! Get the best of both worlds w/ a newer home, built in 1999 by Don Mintz Builders, w/ historic charm & fantastic location. 2BR/2BA MLS#3311542, $242,000
Private mountain cabin with year round views that extend for 60 miles. Perfectly situated on 1.78 acres Open floor plan for the main living area is ideal for family and entertaining, leaving the second half of the home open for sleeping quarters. MLS#3312002, $188,000

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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, $82,000Lake 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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