True spirit of the holidays

Published 3:58 pm Friday, November 19, 2021

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Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie J. Bardos


And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.

~ Wendell Berry


As Thanksgiving draws closer, turkey and the fixings prices (along with everything else) rise higher, accompanied by squawks and squabbles by those with feathers ruffled about Christmas being a no-show because of supply chain issues. I say we can absolutely celebrate Thanksgiving with or without turkey. We can celebrate Christmas without a lot of plastic junk. Really. 

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In fact, ask turkeys how THEY feel about Thanksgiving, heads or tails. It’s a given that most would be thankful to keep their heads. And I think we need to keep our heads on straight about just being grateful–not that I’m exactly craving tofu turkey, but hey, I might be willing to try it. Once. And that Christmas frenzy—have been out of the herds, the craziness of it for years. 


This year I’m telling friends not to buy me a thing, and I’ll do the same! Wouldn’t you rather just sit and laugh together on a peaceful evening? Or share a meal together? The gift of TIME is the most precious one of all. The past couple of years serves as a reminder of that—what we need is here….indeed. 


Saluda’s Winter Market is at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, on 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9-12 through April. Local vendors have  produce, salsas, jelly/jams, baked goods, honey, soup, dog treats, handmade crafts such as knitted items, wood, and pottery. Look for signs indicating parking since construction has begun adjacent to  Saluda Center. For information, contact Dawn Jordan, Polk County Ag Economic Development Director at (828) 894-2281.

There’s a walk-in, live theater evening of story-telling, songs, and fun on November 20, 6:30 p.m. at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street. 

Saluda Center’s potluck/bingo night is November 29, 6 p.m. 

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps active year-round with land conservation, trails and projects: visit or call 828-749-1560 to learn more. Mark your calendars for SCLT’s annual holiday boxwood wreath-making day at Twin Lakes on December 4 from 11-3. rain or shine. All makings provided (bring clippers, folding chairs/blankets if you want). A fun event for adults and kids! For information on hikes or volunteering for trail-clearing, contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or  


Saluda Historic Depot and Museum’s hours are Sunday/Monday 12-4 p.m., and Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12-6 p.m. Train Tales is on December 17 with a Perry Como Christmas Special. These events are at Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W. Main Street, Saluda. Presentations start at 7 p.m.; donations appreciated. 


Saluda Pop-up Pantry is Tuesday, 1-6 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church. Masks/safety precautions taken. Send donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda 28773, Saluda NC 28773. The “Winter Closet” for adults, teenagers and children can use winter coats, sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, and blankets; you can email to schedule a time to deliver; paper goods are needed too. Visit to learn more.


The Saluda Visitor Center, 20 W. Main, has winter hours of noon-3  weekdays, and 11-3 on weekends. (closed Thanksgiving) If you’d like to be a volunteer or learn more, contact Lynn Casey at


Happy November Birthday to Jared Scott, Karen Johnson, Nancy Barnett, Dawn Pearson, Dusty Jespersen, Gwen Garren, Stoney Lamar, Jim Boyle, Tom Ellwood,  Wendy McEntire, Aaron Burdett,  Jane Thompson, Candy Oakes, Bruce Hunt, James Hrynyshyn, Hannah Jane Kirby, Shirley Chamberlain, Sam Woodbery, Glenn Morgan, and Trish Carey. Add your birthday to the list! 


Feel free to contact me at, (828) 817-6765, P.O. Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit