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Gray doldrums give time to reflect

Published 4:19pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy 132th anniversary to our town of Saluda; visit the website for

Angie Blackwell at Macon Bank says her mom has finished radiation treatments and is doing better. What good news! It’s such a treat to walk in a friendly bank, be greeted by name and have people care about you as a human being,  not just a number.

Art Notes: On Feb. 2, artist Richard Baker will host a Ground Hog Day party/fundraiser for Steps to Hope from 6-9 at his studio at 18 Church Street. Donations appreciated; treats will be served. Feel free to wear a costume and bring your favorite sweet snacks to share for a great cause. On Feb. 16, I’ll have “After Valentine’s Day” open studio from 1-3 p.m. at my “Art House” 285 Greenville Street; there’s parking available at fire department. Bill Jameson and Jim Carson have been offering some great painting workshops this winter. Please continue to keep artist Bill Ryan in your hearts and prayers.

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) has set the date for their annual meeting, so mark April 3 on your calendar. Time and place to be announced. In March, it’ll be sign-up time for garden plots at Robinson Garden. Volunteers are always appreciated, so contact SCLT to see what you can do to help at 749-1560 or visit

Would anyone be interested in a “Help Your Neighbor Day”? Joan Barker had the great idea of a designated day for the community to help those who need small things done, where folks sign up to help … no money involved, just love and willingness to help others.

Blue Ridge Contra will have a dance at The Party Place (right off I-26/Ozone Drive) Feb. 15; music will be by the Skeeziks. Beginner lessons are at 6:30 p.m. with the dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; a small fee is charged.

The Saluda Welcome Table is every Tuesday. Dinner is served for anyone who’d like to come enjoy companionship and connection from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Saluda United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The meal is free, but donations are appreciated; all welcome.

February birthdays include: Wylie Rauschenbach, Wesley Pace, Biddie Dawson, Amy Beeson, Chris Gianino, Ginny Jones. Jenna Igoe, Suzanne Igoe, Pam Thompson, Catherine Raymond.

As ever, thank you, dear readers in Bulletin land for reading this column! The goal is to make you feel like you’re enjoying a hot cup of tea with me—your comments are always wanted and valued. Keep in mind if you have something of note, feel free to e-mail me at; or call 749-1153.  You may also visit my website at

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