Depot Spring Fling fundraiser planned at Back Alley Barn

Published 6:34 pm Friday, April 7, 2017

A benefit for the Saluda Historic Depot

Now an annual event, the Saluda Historic Depot is kicking off its spring fundraiser with a fried chicken and shrimp gumbo “Spring Fling” at the Back Alley Barn, behind Thompson’s Store/Ward’s Grill at 24 Main Street in Saluda. This “fling” starts serving at 6 p.m. on April 22.

To spice it up, the Radio Rangers will start up the music at 7 p.m. and will play until 9 p.m. The three-member band hails from Atlanta, Ga. and is performing this concert pro bono to help the Saluda Historic Depot with its fundraising efforts to pay the mortgage on the purchase of the building.

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Dan Foster was inspired by this small mountain town and wrote a ballad, the Saluda Grade. Dan arranged and performed the first version with the band High Cotton. Now with a new team of musicians, the ballad has been arranged with the Radio Rangers and was released at the Saluda Historic Depot last November. The CD will be on sale during the Depot Spring Fling.

Other band members are Mark Ewald, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and Bryant Kachel, electric bass.

Attic and garage treasures will be sold in a silent auction. Being auctioned are antiques, paintings, glassware, furniture, plants, gift certificates to vacation spots and local adventures, and many more items.

Tickets are on sale at Thompson’s Store and the Saluda Historic Depot, or you can purchase on PayPal by visiting Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Donations 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.

For more information, contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or

Article submitted by Cathy Jackson