Summer lingers on

Published 10:56 am Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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“I saw the clear afternoon, casting the shadows of chairs one way in the room, so that the season was as clear within a house as out of doors. The shadows had the time of day written into them, as well as the look of autumn.” ~ Louise Bogan


Whispers of fall flow on night breezes in the mountains; sunlight kisses ridge and valleys slower in the mornings. Languid summer evenings shorten; evening stars sparkle. 

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Even the young groundhog slips out from his hidey-hole, meanders through the garden over to next-door’s grass. He nibbles here, there, figuring he better start fattening up for colder months. Me, I’m trying NOT to fatten up–well, more than usual, but I know that groundhog sees the writing on the wall. Eat now, winter WILL knock all too soon.


Summer lingers on, and I open windows to fresh air when it’s not humid—a welcome change; although my heart wants to hold on to summer days just a little longer, those green wide fields under bright blue sky. It all goes too fast.  


Saluda Tailgate Market is every Friday at the west city parking lot located off Main Street, 4:30-6 p.m. 


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps busy with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit or call 828-749-1560 for information. Support SCLT with donations, volunteering, and Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at about hike info, leading a hike, or helping clear trails. Enjoy an open swim/hiking day on August 21 at Twin Lakes from 11-4 p.m.; bring a picnic and leave the family pooch at home. Gates are unlocked at 11; for those who need a guide, meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot at 2 p.m.

Saluda Community Table will have dinners with music on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at McCreery Park’s pavilion; bring your own plate, cup, and cutlery. The next one is on August 24 at 6 p.m.


Saluda Center’s (64 Greenville Street) potluck/bingo night is August 29, 6 p.m. Bring a side dish or dessert to share; the main dish is provided. 

Saluda School opens on August 29–hope kids, teachers, and parents are still having a great summer! I spotted a Saluda teacher strolling by with her dog one morning—they both looked so relaxed! (Teachers deserve to relax!) Stores are packed to the gills with school supplies, but this means that Christmas offerings get wheeled out (Halloween was wheeled out around June…) For some reason, I do NOT want to even think about red and green wrapping paper, mounds of toys or tinsel in August and September! 

Need to make a joyful sound or two? Join the new community chorus “Mountain Song”. Rehearsals start September 12, 6:30-8 p.m. at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street. This is “a joyful choir bringing people together to sing show tunes, pop songs, spirituals, classics and vocal jazz.” Visit for information.

Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1-6 at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). To volunteer at the Pantry, 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; or through Amazon Smile. 


Happy August Birthday to B.J. Kent, Paul Stoney, Jen Pace, Zack Pace, Don Mintz, Caroline Tindal, Nora Ward, Samantha Ward, Reeda Ward, Natalie  Aabye, Verlie Murphy, Peter Eisenbrown, Coleman Bradley, Ryan Bradley, Libby Archer, Rodney Thompson, Cathy Jackson, Bill Jameson, Tayloe Francisco, Troy McAfee, Patricia Carmichael, Syman Thomas, Jade Burdett, Ron Bennett, and Rob Schloss. 


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