Saluda News & Notations

Published 10:23 am Thursday, May 14, 2020

Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie J. Bardos

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Who knew that a moon pie and wine dinner would make readers happy? Turns out many of you agree that it’s a mighty-fine meal. However, I draw the line at scarfing Peeps for lunch. Who knows, that might change…

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One thing I’ve been meaning to remind us all to do is tip: last week I completely forgot until it was w-a-y too late. A “Roadie” guy delivered a big yellow bag of potting soil and a little garden cart from Home Depot in Statesville. You see, I’d ordered on-line, then the scheduler said they might not be able to make the delivery since Statesville is a couple hours from Saluda, but she’d try to find a ride for my items.

Roadies (I looked this up) are independent contractors who drop off deliveries here and there. The guy called me to make sure I was around, schlepped the heavy bag of soil in the cart down steps–plunking the load right at my feet (well, six feet from my feet!). He pointed out that the cart was missing hardware to attach the handle. (I later found it taped underneath the potting soil bag after emailing the company a complaint. Naturally).

Anyway, the fellow was nice and had worked up a sweat toting that load down steps; he caught his breath and said it was a pretty day to be driving out on the road. I thanked him as he headed back to his deliveries, grateful I was saved from struggling with that load.

Fuss-budgeting over the missing-in-action hardware, I hurried to email customer service about it. After the smoke cleared, it dawned on me “I should have given that poor guy a tip for hauling that stuff down those steps!”

Well, it was too little too late: I was downright ashamed of myself for getting worked up over missing hardware and missing a chance to say more than thank you—he’d have been glad to get an extra few bucks.

We need to think about those unsung heroes who make our lives a little better during these times. I won’t forget next time. I hope you won’t either.

The Saluda Tailgate Market’s opening is delayed until June.

The Community Pop-up Pantry is open for drive-thru only; Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church parking lot. Please follow guidelines for car line-up at the Saluda Baptist Church parking lot. The pantry partners with the Asheville MANNA food bank; to volunteer, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration, 828-749-9740. Send donations to Church of the Transfiguration, designated for Pop-Up Pantry, 72 Charles Street, Saluda NC 28773. Thank you to the volunteers who make this happen, and to our local businesses who support it: Wildflour Bakery, Wakey Monkey, Green River Barbecue and Saluda Dollar General.

Keep up with Saluda Community Land Trust’s latest projects: visit or call 828-749-1560 to learn more. SCLT’s trails can benefit from regular clearing and pick-up. If you’d like to help, contact Trail Boss Chuck Hearon at 828-817-0364 or

Pearson’s Falls has reopened.

Visit to see updates on local businesses, plus take-out/on-line ordering information thanks to Saluda Business Association.

Saluda Library is offering curbside pick-up weekdays for items requested through the on-line catalog. The drop box has reopened for returns.

Saluda Sympathy goes to June Taylor and family for the loss of her daughter Kayren Taylor.

Happy May Birthday to Amy Copeland, Corinne Gerwe, Chris Anderson, Mark Jackson, Cary Pace, Lisa Hipp, Trevor Young, Jemme Latell, Paul Marion, Jesse Thomas, Margaret Sease, Elizabeth Baldwin, Chad Baldwin, Lynn Cass, Thelma Jones, Betsy Burdett, Melia Bradley, June Taylor, Robin Kirby, Kevin Matthews and Stella Barnett.


Feel free to contact me at, 828-749-1153, or visit