Saluda News & Notations

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie J. Bardos


“We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.”

~ Thomas Merton

“Just a little pinch” the strange dentist said, aiming a Novocain needle the size of a Murder Hornet at my cringing mouth. Of course, when a strange dentist says OPEN WIDE, JUST A LITTLE PINCH!, the voices in my head are screaming “BITE, BITE those enemy fingers! BITE!”

That ‘little pinch’ is an out-right lie that no one falls for.

However, I restrained myself, and closed my eyes, trying to visualize a Caribbean blue sea and white sand somewhere far from the glaring fluorescent-lit cubicle. You really try to be a model patient, even if the truth is they’ve gotcha!–trapped in a chair, imprisoned by two people and tools.

By the time she said “Sorry for the little poke!” my hands were death-grip white, clenched along with my face: I’d decided that woman wouldn’t come near my mouth again once I escaped her evil clutches. Dentists and needles, and a tray of wicked-looking torture instruments are NOT anyone’s idea of fun.

However, during stay-home days, it was no-go for dental work—the clinic I usually go pretty much shut down. Naturally that’s when teeth/crowns break off, come out, splinter: things happen that should not be happening. So, I waited. If all else, I figured I’d get out Super-glue, duct tape and pliers, plus a shot of whiskey.

Over the years, there have been many dentists’ fingers in my mouth. I’ve never bit one (not once!), but for this particular dentist I wanted to make an exception. Some have a gentle, careful approach, even the Dr. Hurt I once went to. You can tell real quick who’s who when it comes to needles and mouth. I’ve got to go back for an extraction for the next round, but am glad to report they’ve booked me with a different dentist. It’s a good thing, because this time, I’d listen to the voices in my head if it was “Just A Little Poke” again.

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

The Saluda Arts Festival is canceled until next year.

Keep up with Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT)’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


The Community Pop-up Pantry is open for drive-through each Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church parking lot. Please follow guidelines for car line-up at Saluda Baptist Church parking lot. To volunteer, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration, 828-749-9740.

Pearson’s Falls is open.

Saluda Historic Depot & Museum reopens Memorial Day weekend (Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). June hours will include Thursday as well. Face coverings, safe distancing and limits of people to 10 at a time will take place. The new Saluda Visitor Center will be open on Memorial Day weekend with the same schedule.

Visit to see updates on local businesses, re-openings, plus take-out/on-line ordering information. Thank you to Saluda Business Association!

Saluda Library is offering curbside pick-up weekdays for items requested through the on-line catalog.

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