The beauty of April

Published 8:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.” 

 

~ Robert Frost, from “A Prayer in Spring”

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April twirls in, green grass at her feet and blossoms in her willow basket. Vivid azaleas bursting into song—as the steady drone of bees and lawnmowers hum along country roads and as town streets. 

 

We lift our faces to the morning, grateful to be part of it all. Give us pleasure in the lily, fern, pink bud, the tulip, the tender mornings promising renewal. Another month on the calendar—Happy April, dear reader! 

 

The Saluda Winter Market continues at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. on April 9 and 23; you’ll find produce, baked goods, crafts and much more from local vendors. 

 

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. April Walk in the Woods  is on April 3 to Waters of Camp Creek, a 2-mile/2-hour walk with views of Green River. On April 17, the Walk in the Woods is to Henry’s Nature Center. This is an Easter meander over wooded terrain and a chance to see the new pavilion. Meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot at 2 p.m.  

 

The Dressing Room is planning a fundraiser fashion show on April 5, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Orchard Inn—tickets available from The Dressing Room or Orchard Inn. Proceeds from raffles and the silent auction will benefit Foothills Humane Society.

 

Saluda Living in Place (SLIP), a non-profit organization to help seniors age in place, and can help those 60+ in the greater Saluda community with home safety and more. SLIP (website www.slipnc.org) can be contacted at (828) 749-0049. 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: Good news: Ward’s Grill is reopening with all the old favorites on the menu. 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. 

 

Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). To volunteer, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration, 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 April Birthday to: Melody Gibson, Dave Prudhomme, Jeff Allison, Kaye Vazquez, Cindy Keeter, Hope Pace, Diane Pace, Greaton Sellers, Clay Arrington, Bonnie Bardos, Luther Connor, Gary Pace, Doug Honeycutt, Niece Lundgren, Julie Roy, Rhonda Corley, Taylor Thompson, Loretta Cook, Hilda Pace, Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Morgan, Roberta Cart, Joan Beddingfield, Anne Lee and Mabel Pace. Add your birthday to the list! 

 

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