Autumn recollections

Published 1:12 am Friday, November 11, 2022

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“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” ~ Emerson 

Some favorite recollections of fall involve long rambles through big woods; leaves underneath, laid upon a spongy carpet of long-past autumns; scents of moss, oak, decaying wood, and damp earth—a most-pleasing mix. 

Then there were crisp Saturday afternoons of raking, raking, raking endless heaps of leaves. No leaf blower back then–we kids were IT. Up, up, we’d rake and pile multi-hued leaves, until a towering mountain beckoned. JUMP! 

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And…we did—JUMP!…surrounded head-to-toe in a nest of leaves. It was magical – sprawling out on a deep bed of leaves, peering up through etched branches into bright-blue distance…faint jet trails vanishing above a red hawk drifting to parts unknown.  

Saluda Winter Market is at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, on 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. through April with area vendors bringing produce, eggs, meats, baked goods, and handcrafted items. Plan on visiting on November 12 for free spiced popcorn and a chance to win a market gift certificate!   November – April 2 and 4th Saturdays, 9:00-12

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. Volunteers are needed to help with landscape and trail work at Henry’s Nature Center (HNC). SCLT’s annual holiday boxwood wreath-making day will be at Twin Lakes on November 26 from 11-3.


Mountain Page Theater presents “Sound of Music” on November 26- 27 and December 3-4. Salzburg Festival cuisine will be available after each show. Get more information and tickets by visiting


Potluck/bingo night at Saluda Center (64 Greenville Street) is on November 28, at 6 p.m. 


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 at the Pantry, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration at 828-749-9740. The Pantry has doubled the clients it helps this year and needs your financial support: mail tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at; or through Amazon Smile. 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.


Saluda Sympathy goes to Chip Broadfoot and family for the loss of his dad. 


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, Trish Carey, Sa Smith, and Karen Gabriel. 


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