Good ole’ Mr. Coffee

Published 10:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2022

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“If we were not here…the show would play to an empty house, as do all those falling stars which fall in the daytime. That is why I take walks: to keep an eye on things.” ~ Annie Dillard


There’s a country song about cheatin’….in fact, a whole lot of country songs about it. Well, Dear Reader, whoops, I did it again. 


Yes, the truth is out. I cheated again on Mr. Coffee last week–after promising never again a few years ago. Let’s face it, old faithful Mr. Coffee’s Teflon plate was wearing thin, although he still poured forth my morning cup of coffee like a good guy. 


Oh, the allure of shiny new promises! The new spiffy coffee maker arrived, and all I can say is in two shakes of a sheep’s tail it was packed right back up and kicked out in the cold. 


Mr. Coffee, my worn-but-trusty steadfast pal, is back in his rightful place of honor on the kitchen counter, and I promise never, ever to cheat on him again. 



Saluda Hometown Christmas is December 9 from 6-8 p.m. There will be music and entertainment at McCreery Park, including Mountain Song chorus, Aaron Burdett, Michael Flynn, the flute group “Who’s On First” and more. Santa Claus is also planning a  visit, and elf stations will be set up along Main Street. At 8 p.m. Saluda’s churches will have an ecumenical service at the park’s Ella Grace Mintz stage. 


Saluda Community Table will be at Saluda Fire Department on December 14, at 6 p.m. with chili cook-off winner Jeff Swiatowicz preparing dinner. Bring your own plate, utensils, and cups. 


Saluda Visitor Center at 20 W. Main Street is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will close for a holiday break from December 24-31. Contact Lynn Casey at if you’d like to volunteer or need information. 


Pavers for Pace Park is a community fund-raiser to support the completion of public restrooms in a pocket park beside M. A. Pace General Store and is the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign. Pavers can be engraved; forms are available at City Hall or the city website, or from Catherine Ross at or 828-749-3534. Mail applications to the City of Saluda, P.O. Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.


Saluda Center (64 Greenville Street) will have a Christmas Dinner potluck at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. Bring a side dish if you can. For information or to volunteer to help, call Aurelia Mayer at (828) 749-3591.


Happy December birthday to Judy Ward, Holly Wilkes, Theresa Wilkes, Perry Ellwood, Donnie Hunter, Jeff Bradley, Preston Mintz, Carolyn Morgan, Susan Casey, Jeff Jenkins, Nikki Ammerman, Cas Haskell, Mary O. Ratcliffe, Laura Fields, Lord Blanton, Beth Brand, Jim Carson, Susan Ansley, Tom DeKay, and Ana Lilburn. 


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