The Turn of Autumn – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

The turn of autumn

Posted at 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The porch swing is set in the morning sun
which whitens its gray slats, its floral cushion
whose flowers have withered, like those of summer,
and a little brown spider has spread its web
on a line between the porch post and the chain
so no one can swing without breaking it.
She says it’s time to end the sway,
the time that the creak and the ping and the snap
who sang through the ceiling had passed,
now make way for the sweet vibrations of moths,
the wasp tapping each plank for a starter,
the fresh dewdrops to brush from his work
every morning, one world at a time.

~ Ted Kooser, “Porch Swing in September”

As autumn turns, dogwood trees turn crimson-purple, goldenrod arches gracefully near roadside asters as bees buzz. A little green saddle-backed caterpillar with black tassels, so innocent, is not. Acorns fall, busy squirrels begin to accumulate.

There is a slowing of the pace that ripples quietly through the coming fall, but the flowers of summer bloom as fall joins in. Spiders snag new webs along the eaves, silken strands on the garden path where I always bump into one. For sure.

As September floats by and dandelion whiffs drift, it’s time for yours truly to take a little break. I will be in the south of France with some art supplies and a grateful, happy heart. Usually if I’m traveling I write a column where I am and send it. This time, I’m going to be like the grasshopper singing in the grass: lazy. But, as Terminator said so well: I’ll be back!

Saluda Tailgate Market is held every Friday in the West City parking lot off Main Street from 4:30-6 p.m. The market is open until October.

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) deals with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit or call 828-749-1560 for more information. Support SCLT with donations, volunteering and Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at [email protected] about hiking information, leading a hike, or helping clear trails. The next walk through the woods will be October 2 to Old Home Place with 1-2 miles and 2-3 hours of easy to moderate walking. Walkers will get a taste of 19th century style living with an old farmhouse, fields and streams on the Dart-McCutchen property off Holbert Cove Road. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 2 p.m. (Susan Dart McCutchen’s book “The Old Home Place” is available at the Saluda Library)

Potluck/Bingo Night at the Saluda Center (64 Greenville Street) is September 26, 6 p.m.

The Saluda Community Table will be held September 28 and will feature chili at the McCreery Park Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own plates, cups, and utensils. The next community table will take place on October 12.

Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesdays from 1-6 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 could use a few strong people to help with loading and other tasks – exercise and do good at the same time! You can send tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, PO Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at www.saludapantrycom; or through Amazon Smile.

Happy September Birthday to Wayne Thompson, Courtney Hoots, Thank You Weitzen, Dale McEntire, Joni Rauschenbach, Linda Kaye Hayes, Carol Kenfield, Leslie Jespersen, Linda Mintz, Sheila Billeter, Cary Pace, Ross Arrington, Hop Foster, Chuck Hearon, Alexia Timberlake , Jason Justus, Beth Carson, Clark Thompson, Nicholas Edwards, Cindy Tuttle, Don Clapp, Nancy Pew, Marc Blazar, MJ Parsons, Gina Burnett and Melanie Talbot.

Do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected](828) 817-6765, PO Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit