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It’s nice to live where your word and hugs still count

Saluda Tailgate Market starts at 4:30 p.m. Fridays at the city parking lot off Main Street; many Saluda businesses are open later on Friday.

Saluda Welcome Table is every Tuesday from 5:30 -7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church. All welcome for dinner; donations accepted.

It’s time for the Saluda School Reunion: Aug. 16 at the Party Place and Event Center, starting at 6 p.m. Contact Tona Lawter at 828-674-2629 for info.

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) meets 3 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. Date change: reopening of Twin Lakes is Aug. 31 (rain date Sept. 7) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Catch a shuttle ride from Saluda Fire Department, and enjoy swimming, food and friendly folks.

Art Notes: Bill Jameson’s exhibit “Exploring the Blue Ridge” continues at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon; Richard Baker has a show at T.L. Norris Gallery in Greenville, S.C. “Crossing The Line” with myself and Charlotte Fowler at Upstairs Artspace, Tryon continues through Aug. 31, along with “Seeing Is Believing”.  (The Upstairs will have Open Stage evening on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. for anyone who would like to share poetry, writing, music). Saluda artist Beverly Pickard has published ‘Art Clues: Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art’ featuring a number of Saluda artists and Beverly’s art columns from Saluda Lifestyles. For information, call her at 828-749-1248.

The Saluda Center annual gala is Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. at the Party Place and Events Center. For more information, contact Karen Bultman at 828-749-1264.

To learn more about Saluda becoming an official Tree City USA town, attend a meeting with two Polk County forest rangers at Saluda Library, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.

The next N.C. Small Town Main Street Top of the Grade concert is Aug. 23 at McCreery Park; bring a lawn chair; food is available.

A big thank you goes out to volunteers, churches and merchants who helped with Saluda’s Super Sizzlin Summer Adventures. Gina Harms and son Nathaniel participated in the adventures and wanted to be sure to pass on extra thanks for such a successful event.

Happy August Birthday to B.J. Kent, Linda Kaye Haynes, Cindi Miller, Paul Stoney, Jen Pace, Zack Pace, Don Mintz, Caroline Tindal, Nora Ward, Samantha Ward and Reeda Ward.

Thank you, dear readers for reading this column: each and every one of you is appreciated and your comments are valued. If you have something of note, feel free to contact me at bbardos@gmail.com; or 828-749-1153. You may also visit my website at bonniebardos.com or find me on facebook.