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LOCAL BRIEFS: Cemetery maintenance, women in farming, Saluda Depot

Cemetery maintenance training offered Oct. 21

EDNEYVILLE — The Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee will host cemetery maintenance training on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Kings Grove Church Cemetery, 2798 Pace Road. Hands-on training in cleaning and straightening tombstones begins at 9 a.m. 

The training covers landscaping care around stones and markers, how to safely clean gravestones (marble, sandstone, granite and historic masonry) and how to properly raising and level gravestones. The instructor is Warren Scott, a gravestone conservator. For more information or to register contact Toby Linville at 828-694-6627 or Attendees are advised to register soon, as class size is limited.

Women in farming to speak to AAUW

Women Farm Too! is the topic of a presentation hosted by AAUW at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Art Place, 2021 Asheville Highway.

Raspberry Fields and Minibatch Bakery owner Stacy Fields and Poppins Posies Flower Farm owner Judy McLean will share their stories of how they got started in farming, what it’s like to be a farmer today and what changes they foresee for agriculture in Henderson County. You’ll learn about the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, ASAP connections and the Double SNAP program. There’ll be some goodies from the Minibatch Bakery to taste, as well as a silent auction for products from both farms.
There is no charge for the event but due to limited space, seats must be reserved by Oct. 16 by emailing Lunch is also available. For more information

Night at the Museum

The Saluda Historic Depot will host the second annual Night at the Museum at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The evening will include nine historical vignettes performed by Depot volunteers and other familiar Saluda residents dressed as characters from Saluda’s past. Visitors will travel back in time where they will meet such historical figures as Capt. Charles Pearson, Dr. Lesesne Smith, Pitt Bellew and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Food and beverages will be served in the Moon Glass garden area. The Saluda Visitor Center will be open and there will also be live music for your enjoyment.

Although Night at the Museum is a free community event, space is limited and reservations must be made. To RSVP, contact Nita High at 828-747-8692 or The event is made possible by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.