Enjoy learning about, blending and brewing a variety of herbal teas in the comfort of your own home this winter through the Kenilworth Historical Society’s new “Herbs for the Teapot” virtual program.
Program registrants will be sent an electronic link to a prerecorded, approximate one-hour video presentation by professional clinical herbalist and proprietor Susanna Reppert Brill, who discusses various herbs and their many uses/benefits, then demonstrates how to blend and brew them for tea. For a registration cost of $20, participants will receive the presentation link, a variety of herbs, several tea filters and some prepackaged shortbread cookies. In addition to viewing the program anytime at their leisure, registrants will be able to participate in a virtual group showing of the presentation on Sat., February 27 (2 p.m.), at which time Brill will be available to answer questions. For further information and/or to register for the program, please call 908-709-0434.
Proceeds from the “Herbs for the Teapot” program will benefit the Oswald J. Nitschke House “living history” museum and cultural arts center by helping the Kenilworth Historical Society pay building and general operating expenses, including the cost of an elevator that makes the site fully accessible to everyone.
The program is being presented in memory of certified tea specialist and tea educator Darlene Meyers Perry, a beloved long-standing friend of the Kenilworth Historical Society who introduced its members to the practice of tea blending and conducted various beneficial programs for the organization over the years, including “Teapot Tales,” an African Tea Ceremony and a Chinese New Year’s Celebration. Perry passed away last fall and is greatly missed.
Susanna Reppert Brill is a professional clinical herbalist, herb purveyor, consultant and manager of The Rosemary House & Gardens in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (www.therosemaryhouse.com), a family-owned herb and spice specialty shop (with gardens) that she operates with her husband David. A graduate of Penn State University, Brill completed a course in herbal medicine at David Winston’s Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine. Her extensive knowledge of herbs and their many uses has been shared throughout her 40 years in the business established by her mother, Bertha P. Reppert, in 1968.
The Oswald J. Nitschke House is one of Kenilworth’s few remaining original 19th-century farmhouses. Notably, it is the only museum of its kind in the area to portray and interpret everyday life in the early 1900s, particularly the inspiring story of late 19th-/early 20th-century immigrants in a developing suburb.
The Kenilworth Historical Society is an independent, volunteer-based, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization that, as owner and operator of the Oswald J. Nitschke House “living history” museum and cultural arts center, is dedicated to the research, preservation and interpretation of the historic c. 1880 home, local history and culture.
To learn more about “Herbs for the Teapot” and other Kenilworth Historical Society programs/activities, please visit the organization’s website at www.kenilworthhistoricalsociety.org and follow the Kenilworth Historical Society on Facebook.
Although unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the Oswald J. Nitschke House from opening on a regular basis, small group tours of the site may be arranged by calling 908-709-0434. The Kenilworth Historical Society appreciates everyone’s continued interest and support, especially during these difficult, uncertain times, when the organization has been unable (due to COVID-19 restrictions) to hold its usual fundraisers/social events for the Nitschke House. For information about how to donate to the non-profit Kenilworth Historical Society in order to help the Oswald J. Nitschke House “living history” museum and cultural arts center survive and thrive, please consult the organization’s website and Facebook page. ###