Spring awakens

Published 10:15 am Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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“It was that part of evening when the sun has gone but daylight still remains. The whippoorwills called to each other and moved about, and the choirs of frogs had assembled in the ditches to sing their melancholy songs. Bats scurried overhead, swift and gone in the gathering dusk…” ~ Larry Brown, quote from “Joe” 


Spring awakens as wind chimes sing on late March breezes. Prisms toss diamonds everywhere as Mr. Coffee steams and snorts morning brew. A cherry tree tosses bouquets to the sun. 

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I spend the day in the garden: cutting, digging, hauling, moving. A bit here, a bit there…reminding self to drink water–take a break–drink water.  


Scratches, dirt under fingernails (oops, forgot those gloves AGAIN!), forgetting to put sunscreen and garden hat on (that’s getting to be a no-no—ask the skin), too caught-up to stop for breaks. I’m trying to get more on-board with toeing the line, but spring’s calling. By evening, it’s time to admire the day’s work with a glass of vino in hand amid wind chimes and fish pond trickle, birds and frogs–grateful for another day, even the dirt under my nails. 


Saluda Winter Market is every other Saturday through March at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9-12. 


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps active with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 for information. You can support SCLT with donations, volunteering, and through Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at chearon1942@gmail.com about ideas or willingness to lead a hike, or helping clear trails. The next Walk in the Woods is April 3 to Waters of Camp Creek, a 2-mile/2-hour walk with views of Green River. Meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot at 2 p.m. to carpool. 


Potluck and bingo night at Saluda Center is March 28, 6 p.m. The main entree is provided, bring a side dish to share.


Saluda Living in Place (SLIP), a non-profit organization to help seniors age in place, can help those 60+ in the greater Saluda community with home safety  and more. SLIP (website www.slipnc.org) can be contacted at 828-490-1040. SLIP will have a fall prevention program featuring a speaker from ProFitness on April 7, 10 a.m. at Saluda Fire Department.


Saluda’s Mountain Page Theater starts a new season with YAK (Young Acting Krew) and the Mountain Page Players with the “Saturday Night Old Tyme Radio Series” featuring episodes from “Dragnet” and “Suspense Theater” on April 8, 7 p.m. and April 9 for a 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee. Follow at Mountain Page Theater Facebook Group or contact cgerwe@rsnet.org. For ticket information and events, visit their website at www.mountainpagetheater.com 


Saluda Happenings: Saluda Moon Glass is moving from the Chicken House to the Depot courtyard with an opening planned in May. A new art gallery is opening on Main Street—stay tuned! Coming soon: The Spot, featuring tacos and margaritas, is a new venture by the Purple Onion—located in the old Whistlestop building. The Dressing Room has reopened with Irmy and Coco’s new spring line and is planning a fashion show on April 5 at Orchard Inn. 


Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). To volunteer, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration at 828-749-9740. You can mail tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at www.saludapantrycom.   

Happy March Birthday to: Genell Jespersen, Valerie Mintz, Sheldon Mintz, Curtis Pace, Anita Odgen Moore, Dorrie McKinley, Catherine Ross, Monica Pace, Ken Justus, Elizabeth Justus, Arlene Klippel, Rachel Bradley, Chris Bradley, Martha Stoney Anderson, Dawn Ward, Peggy Wolf, Dori Ray, Martin Anderson, Lucy Holman, Craig Bass, Laura Bass, Patty Martin, Tangie Morgan, Melanie Keener, Tuula Veil and Erica Shanks. 


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