The Union Recorder

Local News

February 22, 2013

Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center hosts lye soap making event

MILLEDGEVILLE — In celebration of Black History Month, the Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts will host a lye soap making event with Juanita Mercer of Miss Bea’s Wunderbar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Mercer will teach participants about going back to the basics by demonstrating the process of lye soap making, a process Mercer finds very relaxing. 

“It takes me back to a simpler, less complicated time in my life,” Mercer said. “It’s a very relaxing and soothing process.”

The soap is made from water, lard, lye and a little essential oil.  Mercer follows the same steps as her mother, Miss Bea, using the same black pot technique. 

“Making the soap brings back memories of my mother,” Mercer said. “She would make it in a black pot too.”   

Mercer recommends using the soap to help with skin problems, as she did when she was a child and continues to do today. It is good for dry skin, poison ivy, oak rashes and relieving pain and itching.

“This is what they used a long time ago,” Mercer said.  “It’s a great natural remedy.”

The Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center was the former home of a local educator, Sallie Ellis Davis, who touched the lives of hundreds of African-American children.

For information about the Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center, or about Miss Bea’s Wunderbar, call 478-445-5889, or visit www.gcsu.edu/salliedavis.

Click here to subscribe to The Union-Recorder print edition. http://tinyurl.com/6qdm4oj

Click here to subscribe to The Union-Recorder e-edition and view this full article. http://unionrecorder.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

1
Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video