Our shortest month

Published 12:25 pm Thursday, February 16, 2023

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Maybe the purpose of being here, wherever we are, is to increase the durability and occasions of love among and between peoples.

– June Jordan


February may be our shortest month, but that doesn’t stop crocuses with their purple, yellow, or white faces from peeking up—I spotted a few ready to bloom outside along the garden path and in pots– along with what was left after a squirrel or some other varmint raided the tiny bulbs—several neatly-rounded holes marking the crime sites. 


Surely a measly crocus bulb or two can’t make much of a meal for any varmint; so I doggedly pushed what was left back into the holes…and hoped what was left will bloom before whatever hungry critter did it comes back for dessert.

Would someone tell me why bulbs and plants you want are always raided, and every weed you don’t want is left completely untouched? 


Saluda Winter Market is at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, on 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9-1 through April. 


The 18th annual Saluda Arts Festival is scheduled for May 20. For information, visit saluda.com. Artist applications due by March 1; volunteers and sponsors needed! 


Saluda Community Table’s next meal features international fare on February 22, 6 p.m. at Saluda Fire Department. Bring your own utensils/plate/cup. 


Saluda Center potluck and bingo night is February 27, 6 p.m. Bring a favorite side dish to share! 


If you enjoy singing, spring rehearsals have started with Mountain Song and will be each Monday from 6:30-7 at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street. All singers 16 and over, who can follow their part in music and sing on pitch, are invited to join. Visit mountainsong.info for information or to enroll. 


Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is every Tuesday from 1-6 by appointment 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 www.saludapantrycom; or through Amazon Smile. 


Saluda School is planning a 100th Anniversary celebration in April, and students along with Principal Tobre Mostel are creating a ‘wish list’ of items needed for the Century Walk to honor the occasion. The Century Walk consists of games and toys representing each century the school has been in existence—toys and games needed include such things as a Slinky, Play-Doh, Barbie dolls, Silly Putty,  comics, Monopoly, etc. (will be returned). The walk will feature stories provided by former students and local residents (share yours!). The goal is to have one story on each of the 56 steps leading to the main rock building. Participants will learn that once the principal and janitor lived at the school; that Lola Ward was a Ryder Hall student before it was designated as the elementary school. One alumnus has donated a 1956 basketball jacket as a permanent exhibit. Principal Mostel notes this will be a fun and informative event for the whole community, and the school Science Fair will be held in conjunction with the walk. For information, contact tmostel@polkschools.org or 828-894-1040.  


Happy February Birthday to: Wylie Rauschenbach, Wesley Pace, Ginny Jones, Pam Thompson, Catherine Raymond, Eva McCray, Ellen Rogers, Margaret Miller, Paul London, Ward Sandahl, Bill Klippel, Dwight Smith, Ingrid Sandahl, Fred Baisden, Duane Bateman, Ragan Thompson, Laura Williams, Susan McMasters, Mark Gardner, Cappy Rearick, Linda Seagroves,  Irmy Chmielewski, Brian Lilburn, and Edie Campbell.  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