Saluda News & Notations

Published 11:45 am Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie J. Bardos

“To be loving we willingly hear each other’s truth and, most important, we affirm the value of truth telling.” ~ bell hooks (social commentator, essayist, memoirist, and poet)

Last Friday, climbing out of car at post office with mask/purse in hand, I dropped the (rather new-ish) cell phone—badda-boom-badda-bang on the asphalt parking lot. Dear Reader, you know what happened. A spiderweb of crackle marks. It is NOT a good feeling to see your phone screen cracking up!

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Luckily, the thing still worked. I came home, did a little research on self-repair vs. paying for professional repair. (Sometimes I’ve been known to take the ‘do-it-yourself’ route.) Somehow, glue, Exacto-knife, straight razors, glass…all conspired to make me re-think that notion. So, I found a place up toward Asheville with the perfect name: “ubreakifix”.

There was an one-earring geek guy manning the shop: I knew exactly what he was, since I gave birth to one of the same. Guy’s fingers flew over the phone’s screen, the computer keyboard: and I hung my head in shame. So much for my ego thinking I was a fast typist. Dude’s fingers were a blur.

Yep, the geeks own us. To the tune of a hundred-plus bucks for one replacement phone screen.

The good news is I’ve got it back, all nice and not-cracked-up. Billfold’s hurtin’, and a military-grade phone case/screen cover is ordered since this repair stuff could put me in the hole (cracked up) if it happens again and again…

The Saluda Tailgate Market will not open this season.

Keep up with Saluda Community Land Trust latest projects: visit or call 828-749-1560 to learn more; swimming lessons for this summer are canceled. New board members are Kay Shurtleff, Don Clapp, and Frank McNutt. 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. Send donations to Church of the Transfiguration, designated for Pop-Up Pantry, 72 Charles Street, Saluda NC 28773. If you have a large garden, consider sharing fresh produce with our pantry friends!

Saluda Historic Depot & Museum is open Thursday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 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, “Remembers When” on June 19, 7:00 p.m. The Saluda Visitor Center will be open with the same schedule. Visit to see updates on local businesses, re-openings, plus take-out/on-line ordering information.

The amphitheater project at McCreery Park is underway. With three tiers, it will have seating for 100 people: for concerts, art festival, our young actors and other community events. The cost is about $33,000. This is a “citizen project” with no funding from the City of Saluda, and is under the auspices of Saluda Downtown Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity (donations are 100% tax deductible). Thanks to Clark and Pam Thompson who donated $10,000 toward the project. If you’d like to help, make checks payable to Downtown Foundation – Amphitheater, P.O. Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.

Autumn Care still needs donations of N-95 masks, cloth masks, and coveralls; drop off items outside the Administrative Office entrance.


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, 828-749-1153, or visit