Herb club plants seeds of a great symposium

NEIGHBORS

August 11, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Friendly Thyme Herb Club is sponsoring a delightful day of lectures, workshops and demonstrations at its second biennial herb symposium.

"You Use Herbs for What?" is the theme of the event scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum.

Madeline and Tom Wadja of Willow Pond Farm in Pennsylvania will be guest speakers.

Their presentation, "Growing Herbs for Fun and Profit, or Can this Marriage Be Saved?" will cover their love of gardening and use of herbs as they journeyed from the farmland of Ohio, to service in the U.S. diplomatic corps, to their retirement occupation of organic gardening.

Valerie Peacock, proprietor of the Little Tea Pot at Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, is also a speaker.

Her talk, "What's High Tea, What's Low Tea?", will include a description of the many kinds of English teas, tea selection and preparation, and accessories used in the making and serving of the popular beverage.

Four herbal presentations are planned for the morning session and four in the afternoon. Attendees can choose to participate in one of each of the sessions.

The morning choices include:

"Bees, Honey and Herbs," presented by member Joel Clements. He will talk about bees in the herb garden, demonstrate the extraction of honey from the hive and provide samples.

"Herbal Arrangements," presented by Martha Hoyer, a club member skilled in arranging herbs and flowers. Her demonstration will include herbal small container arrangements and rosemary topiaries.

"Herbal Jellies," by member Joan Childs, will cover how to make a variety of unusual jellies. She will provide samples and recipes.

Member Sue Latini, food historian, hearth cook and outside oven baker, will prepare several dishes and discuss the best herbs for cooking. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the foods.

The afternoon choices include:

"Organic Methods of Growing Herbs," by Amy James, an avid proponent of organic gardening, will cover nontoxic pest control, composting and where to find organic products.

"Herbal Oils and Vinegars" will be presented by Cindy Swiss. Her products have won two grand champion awards in the Anne Arundel County Fair. Swiss will provide samples and recipes.

Clements will return for an afternoon lecture on herb creams. He will incorporate several kinds of herbs in making ointments and lip balm.

"Herbal Tussie Mussies" will be presented by member Lois Wilson, a retired teacher who has a home-based business selling dried herbal and floral creations. Everyone in her class will make a tussie mussie to take home.

The cost for the daylong event is $35. Also included are an herbal lunch, morning coffee and tea with baked goodies and other treats.

Virgil Hernandez, chairman of the event, said he has been visualizing and planning the symposium since early this year while working with all the committees. While serving overseas with the U.S. Army Logistics Assistance Program, Hernandez was accustomed to organizing large activities for clubs he belonged to. One function he planned in Hawaii was for more than 400 people.

"I love all the little details that go into planning," he said. "And, working with the members of the club has been heaven. All I have to do is ask and everyone is willing to get involved to make it a good symposium."

Registrations are being accepted. Call Renee Bivans at 410-551-9409 or e-mail her at rhbivans@msn.com.

Flea market

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights is sponsoring a 23-vendor flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Linthicum Park, Benton Avenue, Linthicum.

In addition to the vendors, the club will sponsor a table and have Entertainment 2003 books for sale. Coffee and goodies will be available for shoppers. Proceeds benefit the club's community and youth education projects.

For information on the flea market or club membership, call Carol Glendenning at 410- 859-8459.

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