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Saluda News & Notations

Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie J. Bardos

“Last summer… I said I could never again listen happily to a thrush song if I had not done all I could. And last night the thoughts of all the birds and other creatures and all the loveliness that is in nature came to me with such a surge of deep happiness, that now I had done what I could — I had been able to complete it — now it had its own life.”

~ Rachel Carson

This 2020 graduation season is one more different than any of us can remember.

I remember well my 8th grade graduation, high school graduation, college graduation: lots of people, bleachers, cameras whether inside or out. Crowds, excitement, a blur. Hugs, good-byes, well-wishes and a feeling of endings, yet wide-new beginnings.

However, the one true thing is that we are proud of you graduates of all ages! You will find that along this path of life, there will be bumps in the road. Sometimes crashes. Sometimes a smooth ride (not often, but sometimes). Your friends, families, teachers, coaches, and all who watched you over the years are smiling, proud as can be. You did it!

Life will go on, and the day will come when you look back on this. You will remember (and treasure) more of the good things and the lessons learned. You will remember those who cheered for you by the side of the road, honked horns, gave encouragement on-line and in countless ways. Maybe this is one of those tests, just a different kind.

Yesterday, I listened to a thirteen-year old say how much she’s found in this time: caring for her chickens, home-school lessons and doing interesting things with her mom and dad. She’s interested in being an activist, not a protester, and was able to clarify the difference. There’s great hope in our young folks. You, Dear Graduate, are indeed Great Hope to the rest of us. Congratulations!

The Saluda Tailgate Market will not open this season.

Keep up with Saluda Community Land Trust’s latest projects: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 to learn more.

“Walks in the Woods” will start again on June 7, the walk will be at the Old Home Place on Holbert Cove Road, a glimpse of the 19th century at the Dart-McCutchen property. Meet at 2:00 p.m., Saluda Library/Presbyterian Church parking lot. Social-distancing safety guidelines will be practiced. 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 chearon@skyrunner.net.


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. Church of the Transfiguration, designated for Pop-Up Pantry, 72 Charles Street, Saluda NC 28773.

Saluda Historic Depot & Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Face coverings, safe distancing and limits of people to 10 at a time will take place.

Saluda Train Tales begin again with Garland Goodwin on June 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Saluda Visitor Center will be open with the same schedule. Visit Saluda.com to see updates on local businesses, re-openings, plus take-out/on-line ordering information.

Saluda’s 57th Coon Dog Day is slated for July 11.

Saluda Library is open and continues to offer curbside pick-up weekdays as well.

Garden Tips

Don’t forget to save coffee grounds, eggshells, grass clippings and other organic matter for your compost heap. I add everything but the kitchen sink to mine, minus bones or meat scraps, and mix it now and then over the summer. Earth worms love the black, rich soil this makes. I’m sure that you already know this, but a saucer of cheap beer will attract every slug and his brother to drown themselves in bliss.

Happy June Birthday to Nancy Barnett, Verne Dawson, Peggy Ellwood, Anna Jackson, Charlie Jackson, Amy Violet Ford, Terry Arrington, Julie Arrington, Susie Welsh Hearn, Jeremy Edwards, John Savage, Eleanor Morgan, Mary Lu Price, Sigi Hendrickson, Edna McKee, Lucinda Pittman, D.J. Gaskin, Susan Matthews, Lisa Duck, Kasey Watkins and Chambli Dawn Stuber. Add your birthday to the list–no age mentioned unless you’re under 2 or over 100!!!

Feel free to contact me at bbardos@gmail.com, 828-749-1153, or visit bonniebardosart.com