Easter memories

Published 9:56 am Thursday, April 14, 2022

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“Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.” ~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The coming of Easter brings brilliant morning sunrises brushed wide over greening mountains as silver-notes of bird song lift to spring sky. 

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Some of us attend early sunrise services, some decorate eggs, some get out new Easter outfits, some dig toes in sweet new grass. 


When I was little (yes, yes, back when dinosaurs roamed with station wagons), my brothers were scrubbed free of dirt (a rare occurrence!), well-trimmed hair combed back, stuffed into freshly-starched shirts and neatly-ironed dark pants. None of these neat outfits lasted the day for any of us!


Girls always had new outfits—organdy dresses with sashes, scratchy crinolines beneath, patent-leather shoes shining, white lace-trimmed ankle socks, delicate white gloves, an Easter bonnet, and always THE Easter basket. The Easter bunny never failed to make a surprise delivery—a large chocolate bunny, rainbow jelly bean eggs, you name it.


These days, my idea of an Easter outfit has changed a bit. No perfect white gloves to be seen; but there is a moss rabbit topiary waiting by the goldfish pond, just in case “the” basket comes once again. Even grown kids miss those days! 


  • At Saluda Historic Depot and Museum, 32 West Main Street, Ed Painter, a railroad photographer and historian known as “The Man Between The Tracks,” will present Train Tales on April 15 at 7 p.m. 


  • Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps active with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 for information. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at chearon1942@gmail.com about ideas or willingness to lead a hike, or helping clear trails. 


  • Saluda’s Mountain Page Theater will offer Friday night poetry readings beginning monthly on April 22. Follow at Mountain Page Theater Facebook Group or contact cgerwe@rsnet.org. For ticket information and events, visit their website at www.mountainpagetheater.com 


  • During spring break, Saluda Community Library will have fun, messy outdoor art activities at Art in the Park at McCreery Park, April 20 at 4 p.m. 


  • Saluda Winter Market is at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on April 23.


  • Pot luck and bingo night at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, is April 25, 6 p.m. Bring a side dish to share.  


  • Saluda Visitor Center at 20 West Main Street is open noon-3  weekdays, and 11- 4 weekends. 


  • The 17th Saluda Arts Festival is May 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; volunteers are needed to work shifts—section leaders, assistants, information tent, parking, golf cart drivers. If interested, contact Linda Bailey at boblindabailey@hotmail.com


  • Happy April Birthday to: Melody Gibson, Dave Prudhomme, 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. 


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