Saluda could stand to take notes on wabi sabiPublished 10:40am Friday, September 13, 2013
When you lose pieces of a puzzle, threads of a tapestry, you start to lose your character, your place. When one old building goes, another can follow and another and another. I realize in real life, things are constantly changing, nothing remains the same. That yes, it’s often cheaper to put up new, discard old. Old cars go to junkyards. Houses get burnt, torn down or abandoned. It happens. Yet, in our heart, we long for a sense of place, that feel of something that is treasured, that feel of being home. And, Saluda has that still: a small town with a big heart. We just need to think before doing something irrevocable. Maybe learn a little wabi sabi of our own.
Saluda Tailgate Market continues at West Main Street public parking lot on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Many Saluda businesses are open later on Friday.
Top of the Grade Concerts – Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McCreery Park. Bring your own chair; food available.
Charlie Ward’s Pig-Out Memorial Barbecue is Sept. 14, 5–7 p.m. at McCreery Park.
Saluda Welcome Table is every Tuesday; dinner served from 5:30-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church. All welcome; donations accepted.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets 3 p.m., Sept. 18 at the pavilion at McCreery Park. Enjoy Walks in the Woods on Sept. 22: gather at Saluda Library at 2 p.m. to carpool. SCLT, with the appreciated support of Polk County Community Foundation, will have goats munching kudzu at the Pearson Falls Road wastewater treatment plant. Keep up with all that SCLT does by visiting saludaclt.org or calling 828-749-1560.
Blue Ridge Contra Dance will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Party Place & Event Center.
There’ll be a community potluck and bingo at Saluda Center, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share.
Opera lovers, mark your calendars. On Oct. 10 the University of South Carolina’s Music Department and Historic Thompson’s Store will bring a magical evening opera/dinner to the Back Alley Deck and Boarding House Venue. Contact Judy Ward at Thompson’s Store 828-749-2321 for more information and reservations.
Saluda sympathy goes out to families of Dorothy Pearce, Lucille Stephenson, Horace Pace, Joe Brown and Foster Archer.
Happy September Birthday to Dale McEntire, Joni Rauschenbach, Sonya Monts, Linda Kaye Hayes, Carol Kenfield, Debbie Fisher, Leslie Jespersen, Linda Mintz, Sheila Billeter, Cary Pace, Ross Arrington, Hop Foster, Chuck Hearon, Alexia Timberlake and Clark Thompson.
Thank you, dear readers for reading this column. It’s my goal to make you feel as if you were enjoying a Saluda Time visit on the porch swing with a glass of cool tea.
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