Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
October  1, 2007 
In This Issue
Senior Center Future
Fall Gathering at Senior Center
Senior Center
Meet the Candidates
Saluda School Calendar
Saluda Library
Saluda Garden Club
Big Sweep at Green River
Saluda Church Services
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Pig Out
What's Happening
Joe Adams - Remember
Changes in Thompson's Store
Saluda's Police Officers
Where to Find Fall Colors


Fall Area Festivals and Crafts
Quick Links
Request NEW UPDATED Saluda Service Directory Available
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Property & Real Estate
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
Senior Center Planning for Future

Most Saludians know that the senior center's meal delivery, exercise classes, bridge, community gatherings and other activities are important and vital to many of our citizens. However, going forward, our board believes we can do much more. Our vision is that we serve all the seniors in Saluda, which includes active people like you and me. Many people have expressed that they would like to see the Senior Center become more of a community center, possibly even changing its name to reflect that idea.

The Saluda Senior Center is an excellent facility that offers great potential for expanding program offerings, seminars, community gatherings, etc. To help achieve this goal, we believe we need to do some strategic planning. This is not the kind of planning that the board can do alone. We need the involvement and input of folks in the community to help lead us into the future.

A planning session is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2007 upstairs in the meeting room above the library.  A professional facilitator, Judy Bright, will lead the meeting to keep it on track while the planning group explores future possibilities for the Senior Center. She is a consultant to non-profits but, in this case, is donating her time.

I believe that our efforts will be a positive force for the town, as well as the Senior Center, and can serve to give needed direction.  

For more information please contact Henry Bright at 828-749-3897.

Saluda Senior Center

Fall Gathering and Saluda School Student Art Show

"Come Treat With Us"

October  31, 2007  5:00- 7:00 PM. Bring all your children by and enjoy a hot dog, apple juice and cookies before or after Trick or Treating.


 Treats for ALL!

Saluda Senior Center
New Senior CenterSenior Center is open to the public and welcomes all Saluda citizens (at any age) to join in the activities and programs offered.
Monday Activities Schedule
9:00 Walking Group and NIA
9:30 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
5:30 DansKinetics
Oct 15-Meet the Candidates 7-9
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
October 31 - 5:00 Halloween Party
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
7:15 Beginner's meditation
October 11-2:30 Board Meeting
October 25-1:30 Flat Rock Playhouse
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
October 12, Birthday Celebration
Sunday Activities
9:15 Silent meditation
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost of $3.00 a person.

The Saluda Senior Center provides many services to the growing retirement community in Saluda. Volunteers to provide these services are needed.

They encourage you to share your time to help deliver meals on wheels or work in A Thrifty Barn retail shop.
For more information about activities at Saluda Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third Saturdays of the month.........great bargains!
Meet the Candidates

Sponsored by The Saluda Senior Center


CANDIDATES  seeking terms for Mayor & city council:
Rodney Gibson
Leon Morgan
Sunny Pace
John Morgan

October 15, 2007 from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

At Saluda Senior Center

Moderator, Paul London

Bring your questions !

Saluda School Calendar

Saluda School

October 5 -Walk To School Day

October 5 - PTSO Morning Meeting

October 8 - No School for Students

October 25 - Spaghetti Dinner/Fall Informance

October 31 - Half Day for Students

October 31 - Student Fall Art Display at Saluda Senior Center 

Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


Computer Classes have started up again at the library every Monday 1-3. Learn how to use email, browse the Internet, and other fun computer programs.
Bouncing Babies activities for 0 to 18 months Fridays, 11:00-11:30am.

For more information about programs at the library, call 828-749-2117.


Painting of the Saluda Library by Paul Koenen and can be purchased at Saluda Fine Arts. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Saluda Library.
Saluda Garden Club
Garden Club pic octIn case you haven't heard, The Saluda Garden Club is on its way to the "big time!"  Well, in our dreams.  Along with a brief feature of Saluda in the May/June issue of the new magazine, WNC, Mountain Living in Western North Carolina, Spring Park was pictured.  Southern Living here we come!

The program for October will be given by George Thomas on bonsai plants.  Meeting is at 10 a.m. at the library on Monday, October 15.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Garden club pink flowers


Before first frost falls, be sure to visit Spring Park and enjoy the gift this club has given to the Saluda community.  Impatiens, ferns, boxwood and many other delights await.  Be sure to take a seat and find the beauty in nature and the rewards of a few still moments in these hectic lives we lead.

Tip of the month:  Turn a long handled tool into a measuring stick.  Lay tool on the ground and take a tape measure and magic marker to indicate inches and feet.  Now you have a ready-at-hand yardstick without adding to your assortment of garden gadgets.

Happy Gardening 

Sandra Rocks




Will You Bring Five Friends To Help Transform Our State?


North Carolina Big Sweep wants you to bring five of your friends for the 2007 Big Sweep, the North Carolina component of the International Coastal Cleanup-a global effort to rid our environment of debris.  All 100 counties in North Carolina are expected to participate in this cleanup. In Polk County the event will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


The two locations currently planned are the Green River, downstream from Fishtop Access Parking Lot, and Vaughn's Creek in Tryon, upstream from Ziglar Field.


"The more volunteers we have, the bigger the impact we can have toward achieving our goal of a litter-free environment," said Ken Crutchfield, NC Big Sweep chairman. "If everyone brought even just one or two friends, we'd be able to clean twice as many more miles than we've ever done during any of our cleanups.  And wouldn't it be fantastic if we retrieved all the litter in North Carolina?


"Many people don't realize the harm they cause when they litter.  It can hurt our economy-especially tourism and new business recruitment.  It contaminates our water supply.  It can be deadly to wildlife; and once entangled, wildlife attract other wildlife to the same hazard."


Volunteers should contact their NC Big Sweep Polk County Coordinator Mark Byington (828-859-6874) to find out how they can help on Oct. 13th.


For more information, go to Big Sweep's web site at

Big Sweep.


Last year, nearly 360,000 international volunteers from 68 countries participated in the International Coastal Cleanup.  In North Carolina, more than 14,000 volunteers cleaned almost 2,500 miles and retrieved more than 540,000 pounds of debris during the statewide Big Sweep in 2006. 


Saluda Church Services

Joe Adams

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Reverend Paula C. Morton
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.

Saluda Presbyterian
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Welcome new pastor, David Webb
SS 9:45 am
Worship Service 11 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm

Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Tony Sayer
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Business Association's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30pm in the meeting room at the Saluda Public Library.
Saluda Land Trust meets every Wednesday from 1-3 at McCreery Park pavillion. For information please call Betsy Burdette at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Planning Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the meeting room of the Saluda Public Library. 
The Whole Town Came Out
Saluda's Annual BBQ
Joe AdamsWarm weather and a chance of rain was forecasted but at 4:00 the sun broke through the overcast skies setting up a picture-perfect day for the town's annual Pig Out.
Good BBQ, home-made desserts, music and Joe Adamsgood company was the fare for the day.
bbq Charlies bench
Charlie Ward was presented a new "bench" that has been placed on the sidewalk in front of Thompson's Store for everyone to enjoy.  Engraved on the signature plate is, "In Honor of Charlie Ward Who Embodies the Best of Saluda."
The bench was handcrafted by Mark Gardner.
What's Happening

Summer Sunday Art October Schedule at Saluda Fine Artsryan workshop

Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E. Main St., Saluda NC, continues its Summer Sunday Art series of free workshops and demonstrations. Each Sunday afternoon the gallery will be open from 2 - 5. The art events begin at 3, and the public is invited.

The October schedule is as follows:

Sunday, October 7      

Bonnie Bardos facilitates an informal workshop she calls "Art in the Now."  Participants will be encouraged and helped to make their own art using their choice of media.  She will have examples of her own "art in the now."

Sunday, October 14
Michael Bell demonstrates how he makes sculpture from hammered copper.  Examples will be available.


Sunday, October 21

A surprise - Hint: old and new, science and

art, look and listen, National Museum of Art.
moserCynthia Moser's Exhibit, "Mountain Reflections," opens at Saluda Fine Arts Saturday, October 13, 6-7:30pm.  Meet the artist, Cynthia Moser and enjoy seeing her luscious watercolor paintings.

Cynthia has been interested in art all of her life and, since raising her children, has pursued a serious career in painting. She has attended workshops and has studied with well-known watercolor artists throughout the United States.

When you see her choice of scenes to paint, the beautiful colors she creates, and her skill with the watery brush, you will not be surprised to know that she receives awards and is accepted in juried shows.

At the opening on October 13, there will be wine, refreshments and music. The paintings will remain on display through October 29.

Free Fall Saluda Serenade of classical guitar concert by  Francois Fowler on  Oct 20, 7:00-8:00 pm (no late seating) at the Saluda Library Meeting Room. This program is made possible  by the Saluda Fund and Polk County Library and the Wofford College Troubadour Series. For more information please call 864-597-4788 or 828-749-2010.

For details on the artists click on the picture:

Joe Adams 
Francois Fowler, Oct 20


purple onionThe Purple Onion Sunday night concert series performer is Chuck Pyle playing November 4.  Performance starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 to make reservations. 
Fred Whiskin is on the piano every Tuesday night at 7pm. Check out the Purple Onion's Thursday and Saturday night line up by clicking on the link provided in Quick Links.

Random Arts October Workshops

Fri . Oct. 5th  - By special request we are doing Artist Trading Cards for the FREE  (1 hour) mini sessions at 11 & 2.

Sat. Oct 20th - Susan Edmonson is teaching the art cuff using fabric, rubber stamps, beading, ribbons, & sewing. $90 (10-4)

WANTED!!! More Divas. . .

The "Randomly Altered Divas" (formerly the Book Art Group) meet one Sunday a month for 2-3 hours, at the shop, and we are looking for a couple more participants.  We are a group of artists who share creative journal exercises,  create edgy journals,  altered books and much  much more.

Other activities include unique surface design techniques, book art ideas, art shows and anything artistic that appeals to us as a group.

Our only requirement is that you make the commitment to be an active part of our group by attending each meeting and bring creative ideas to the group.

See what we do and how we do it and when at:

Click here to sign up and get registration policy information. Random Arts Workshops.

Jim Carson, artist, will hold his fall workshop in Saluda ,Thursday-Saturday , October 25-27 (oil and/or acrylic).  The title of the workshop is "Painting Fast and Loose / Eliminating The Unnecessary."  There will be an emphasis on simplifying shapes, color harmony, painterly marks, and composition, as well as learning how to apply the paint quickly and confidently.  The workshop will be taught over three  full days at locations around Saluda, with a "get acquainted party" at Jim's house on Wednesday night, October 24. The cost of the workshop is $300. For more information, please link here Jim Carson.


Saluda Jamboree logoSaluda Mountain Jamboree  October Schedule:
October 6 - Night Vision
October 12 - "Dirty Dancing 20- year Tribute Celebration (see message below)
October 13 - Legacy
              October 20 - Southern Pointe
              October 27 - The Foundations
                      (special event)
              November 1 - Sound Investments
The doors open at 7:00 pm and the music is 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm.  The admission is $10.00.  More information at the web Saluda Mountain Jamboree or call 828-749-3676

Linda & Bob WhitakerFrom Linda and Bob Whitaker

You don't want to miss this opportunity to attend the "Dirty Dancing Tribute, A 20th Anniversary Celebration."   It will include some of the original cast, musicians, dancers, photos, props and other nostalgia!!  This musical spectacular will bring to Western North Carolina  media excitement, visitors, and best of all, memories of a southern summer romance!!.


Tickets are on sale now. Reserved seats  are $40.00 each and are limited.  All other seats are $30.00 each.  Call Saluda Mountain Jamboree 828-749-3676 for ticket information or sponsor information.   Cathy Jackson Realty on Main street in Saluda will also have tickets for sale.  Get your tickets early and plan on being there on Friday, October 12th,  to  "Stay just a little bit longer------"


Please check the website Saluda Mountain Jamboree for schedules and bookings.  And be sure to tell your friends about the great bands and performances that's coming to The Jamboree!

Photography provided by Dianna Towery.

The Green River Boys are back at Shafer'sGreen River Boys Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill).  They are scheduled to perform October 12 and 26 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.

orchard Inn

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Orchard InnIt's not too early to set aside December 7,  11, 13, 18, 19 or 21 for a magical holiday evening at our 20-acre mountaintop retreat. Enjoy the chef's finest five-course dinner with dramatic readings from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Seating is at 5:30 PM and will end in candlelight by the roaring fire. The Inn offers wine and beer and suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening is $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight at a discounted rate. Call 800-581-3800 for reservations and additional information or visit

Remember those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour movies? 
by author Joe Adams


The famous "road" pictures that were so funny?Joe Adams  My recovery from a stroke would make a great "road picture" or one of those stupid reality shows on TV.

 I used to tell my children when something bad happened:  "Two years from now, you will be laughing at this."  They never believed it.  Some things took longer, but they were girls.

I always believed the sooner you could find humor in a  bad situation, the sooner you can get over it.  But don't laugh at funerals.  Unless they drop the casket.

I am trying to apply my philosophy to my stroke recovery.  And I am laughing already.

The therapist suggested getting some Amazing Tongs...those things that you grip and you can pick  up stuff when the end of the tongs go together.  They are great for pinching my wife inappropriately,,,which is not in the directions.  I am suppose to be able to pick up pennies.  Why does a stroke victim need to pick up pennies?  Honestly!  We need to pick up hundred dollar bills to pay for the therapy.

I go to a real gym now for outpatient physical therapy.  It should be decorated like a dungeon because the machines are designed for TORTURE.  I was hoping they were machines where they strapped you on and the machine did all the work.  But, no such luck.  I think my therapist guy came over from nearby Parris Island where Marines are trained.  He doesn't put up with any whining.  "YOU CAN DO IT!" he bellows.  And when he bellows, I do it.

 My wife said I used the "f" word the other day.  I don't think I did, but I could have.  He tried to get me to touch my toes!  I haven't even seen my toes in ages.  He told me they were down on the floor,  I tried, but I didn't come close.  But he said I would.  I admire his confidence.

 Older women are in great shape; much better than older guys.  The guys arrive at the gym in walkers or with walking sticks.  The women skip in.  They have cute clothes and they jump right on the machines.  My personal take on this is that the guys are in recovery, but the women are on the prowl.  They are probably recently widowed and they are ready to get back in the game, so to speak.  They aren't the least bit interested in any of the men in recovery.  But I don't blame them.  But I love to watch them work out.  They have television screens on the stationary bikes, but no programs are as amusing as watching Chicks roll around on huge colored balls.  I always want to throw them a fish and watch them smack their flippers together. 


They have so many big balls around the place, I was sure they trained seals when they had no patients.  But, no, they are for excercising.  I have already warned the therapist that I don't do balls.  For one thing, I'm way too fat.  But he says the balls can hold up to 500 lbs.  Still, you could roll right off.  I would rather be a bed patient than risk it.  I am way behind in my reading anyway.  I had decided long ago that once I turned 70 I was going to re-read the classics and see if they made any sense this time around.  So, it's not like I don't have anything to do.

When I was on the treadmill walking, I noticed I was walking a half mile an hour.  I thought, "It would take me four hours to walk around Lake Sheila."  Then I remembered the hills, so it would add at least another hour. My family would send a search party out for me.  Maybe.   If you see an old guy out walking around the lake, don't wave.  Give me a ride!

(Note:  Lake Sheila is a private lake and community in Saluda where Joes retreats to several months of the year.)

(Another Note:  Joe has postponed his folk art workshop scheduled for October 28 at Saluda Fine Arts until later time in the year.)

If you enjoy Joe's column in Saluda Lifestyles, please let him know. You can email him at

Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Green River Adventures launched a year end kayak gear sale with a party on September 29.  You may have missed the party but the SALE is still going on.  Give them a call at 800-335-1530 or visit Green River Adventures

Saluda part-time resident David Ogden Hefley recently opened his own architecture practice, David Hefley Architect, in Nashville, Tennessee. The firm focuses on residential and light commercial projects throughout the Southeast and is currently working with Bob Thompson of Saluda on The Cottages at Saluda Heights, located off Highway 176 at Corsica Lane.  Hefley is the son of Ellen Ogden Hefley and Earl Hefley of Natchez, Mississippi, and the grandson of the late Nancy and Ed Ogden, Saluda property owners and summer residents since 1938.  Hefley earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1999 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2002.  Hefley is a Registered Architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.  Prior to having his own practice, Hefley was employed for five years with Everton Oglesby Architects in Nashville.  David invites you to give him a call if you need architectural services.  He can be reached via the Web,, by phone, 615-415-7690, or by email at

Fall Hours

Restaurants and shops may have changed to their Fall hours, so may want to check out before going.

 Bob Whitaker does NC DMV inspections for any year model in Polk County and 1995 and older in Henderson County.  Fee is $10. He is located at 7200 Howard Gap Rd., Saluda.  Call for appointment at 828-749-5121 or 828-606-5517. 

American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive in the Saluda Senior Center in November. For the drive to be successful there must be at least 20 donors. We hope you will consider participating.

Free horse manure is available. Call 749-7575. You must bring a truck and shovel.

Fancy pumpkins carved for $25. 749-3646.

Saluda Grade Cafe has a new web site. Find out more about their menus and catering by visiting Saluda Grade Cafe.
Tour de Falls at Dupont Forest

triple fallsFriends of DuPont Forest will again sponsor the Tour de Falls, a 12 mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont Forest's most spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. The Tour will take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. Easy-to-enter shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., allowing visitors the chance to enjoy each site for as long as they like. Three of the sites have shelters with picnic tables and benches. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, picnic lunches, to take short hikes, or just enjoy the beauty of the falls and lake. The waterfalls and lake provide beautiful backdrops for family or scenic photographs. FODF will have volunteer members on each shuttle and at the four stops to assist where needed and to answer questions. At Lake Julia, the last stop before returning to the parking lot, refreshments will be served in the rustic lodge overlooking the lake.

DuPont Forest is located in both Henderson and Transylvania counties. The beginning of the tour is located adjacent to the Buck Forest entrance on Staton/DuPont Road. Shuttles will leave every 15 minutes; no advance reservations are required. A $10 per person donation is requested. The Tour generally takes about 2 hours, depending on how long participants choose to spend at each stop.

"This has become a very popular event," stated Gloria Clouse, President of the Friends of DuPont Forest. "We have many repeat visitors, including some from other states who schedule their visits to the area based on the dates of the Tour de Falls."

Friends of DuPont Forest is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the 10,400 acres of DuPont State Forest. The Tour de Falls weekends have been planned to provide families and those who cannot hike the distance required a chance to see the beauty of North Carolina's fall foliage at some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast. Participants will also have the chance to see several FODF-sponsored projects, including a staircase to Triple Falls, new shelters and picnic tables at High and Triple Falls, and a new path and viewing area at Bridal Veil Falls.

For more information contact the FODF at 828/692-2929 or 828/884-2006, or visit the FODF website, Dupont Forest. That website has directions to the Buck Forest parking area.

The attached photo of Triple Falls is by photographer Phyllis Taylor.

Changes at Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill

Thompson's has stocked a variety of winter squash; acorn, butternut, carnival, and squashdelacato.  Pie pumpkins are stocked and they are now carrying fresh fruit breads from Cash's Farm.  Flavors include pumpkin, apple, blueberry, strawberry, banana and more.

The grill will soon be getting a facelift.  Larry and Debbie Jackson have ordered new red and white booths and 50's era tables to match. 
thompson signsLarry has a love for old signs and they are now displayed on all but one wall.  Some are so old many of us won't remember ever seeing them.
Office and retail space is now available in the upstairs over Ward's Grill.  If you are interested please give the Jackson's a call at 828-749-2321 or email at
Saluda's Police Officers
You may have noticed new faces in Saluda's police department.  Here's an introduction to Saluda's finest.

Joe Adams

Starting from back row left to right:

Officer Jason Kimbrell.  Sworn since 2004 in NC and full time in Saluda since May 2007.

Senior Officer Melvin Snipes.  Sworn since 1996 in NC.  Reserve officer in Saluda since December 2006 and full time since May 2007

Officer Kay Kimler.  Sworn since 2002 in NC.  Full time in Saluda since August 2007. Previous career, Kay was a motion picture stunt woman for over 20 years.
Front Row, Center

Chief Tonya Lindsey.  Sworn since 1999 in NC.  Full time Saluda since December 2003 and appointed Chief of Police in March 2006.

Joe AdamsWe salute you and thank you for keeping Saluda safe!
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